Cricket season promises sports fans a thrilling summer feast
here are plenty of fans of the West Coast Eagles who are yet to come down from the clouds after the team’s thrilling win in the AFL grand final.
No doubt many who don’t consider themselves Eagles fans were similarly absorbed by the classic encounter — it was impossible not to be caught up in the excitement.
But, thankfully, another sporting feast looms to provide us with a summer fix.
Yes, the sound of boot on leather is giving way to the sound of leather on willow as cricket season takes off.
And also thankfully, fans can be assured that the season will be better than ever as Channel 7 takes over coverage of Australia’s premier summer sport with domestic free-to-air broadcast rights to the Tests, the vast majority of the Big Bash League, key Women’s Big Bash League and international matches.
And what a feast.
The Australian Test team’s brave, fighting draw against Pakistan in Dubai this week offered hope that its fortunes are rebounding after the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa, which led to lengthy bans for former Australian captain Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner and opener Cam Bancroft.
The fallout left the team scarred and in need of a fresh start and a new path. Enter WA’s own Justin Langer, the new coach, who has begun the task of reinvigorating the Test team on and off the field to cleanse the nation’s stained reputation.
“You can be a highly competitive cricketer on the field and a decent human being at the same time,” Langer said of the balance he will try to instil in his charges.
As the team absorbs his grit and spirit, its Test clashes against India this summer will be unmissable, and will be followed by further fascinating Tests against Sri Lanka.
And as for the constantly breathtaking and thrill-a-minute Big Bash, we can only say this: Bring it on! Signed Alston prints are available, framed or unframed, from or by phoning 9482 2378.