Grrl power fears

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Judg­ing by the re­ac­tion of some de­luded souls you’d think Aus­tralian cricket was go­ing down the dunny faster than an All Blacks loss at Steve Hansen’s house (if that’s not too mixed a metaphor?). The “prob­lem” is that Fox Sports has an­nounced 10 women – in­clud­ing

Jes­sica Yates and Ian Healy’s niece Alyssa – among its 31-strong cricket com­men­tary team which will be headed by Adam Gilchrist and Shane Warne. Yes, 10 women out of team 31 (many of them the blok­i­est of blokes) for a 24-hour chan­nel that will broad­cast vir­tu­ally piece of cricket in Aus­tralia, from tests to the Big Bash League and a raft of women’s con­tests as well as mag­a­zine shows. Chan­nel Seven had pre­vi­ously named four women in a 15-strong team af­ter se­cur­ing the free-to-air rights for men’s tests and one-day­ers. It’s not ex­actly end of days, you’d think – but com­ments from some blokes on the in­ter­web sug­gested it was worse than a cold pie, warm beer combo. “I’m get­ting sick of this woman power stuff,” said Kevin, who seemed stuck in 1868. “10 women seems rather ex­ces­sive,” added Ian, while Paul thought it was a “farce” and that “po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness will de­stroy pub­lic in­ter­est in the sport.” Wait un­til this lot get a fe­male prime min­is­ter.

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