Softies could be playing cricket

All the way down: Peter Hadfield about to abseil the AMP building for charity.CRICKET authorities are in danger of turning our modern-day cricketers into real softies.
Nanjing Night Net

There is little evidence that their constant resting of our fast bowlers from matches is helping their bowling or even preventing them getting less sore or less injured.

There is more agreement that some of our bowlers are actually far too under-prepared when they get selected for four and five day representative matches.

Now we have the ridiculous situation even extending to our top batsmen, with Cricket Australia directing NSW and Australian captain Michael Clarke, all-rounder Shane Watson, and Dave Warner to drop out from playing the last (fourth) day of the Sheffield Shield match against Queensland.

Why? Because the Test team camp begins that day. Where? In Brisbane!

Work that one out.

Watson was the “fall guy” when they recalled him early from the Champions League, meaning he missed out playing in the finals-winning Sydney Sixers team.

It’s good luck for locals like St George captain Moises Henriques and Sutherland all-rounder Steve Smith, who have been slotted in as replacements on Monday. But really, they should have allowed the NSW team in whole to play the four days out.

If Henriques or Smith or Pat Cummins proves the difference between the two sides on the fourth day, expect a protest fired off from the Queensland camp.

And who would blame them?

One way down

PETER Hadfield jumped for money last week — 26 floors down from the top of the city’s AMP building.

“I must admit I was a bit nervous,” said Hadfield, the ABC athletics commentator who won more national decathlon titles than anyone else.

“The highest I have been off the ground is 4.81 metres over a pole vaulting bar, but once I got going, it was fun. And what a view.”

He abseiled in support of Abseil for Youth which supports the Sir David Martin Foundation which helps save the lives of young Australians who are less fortunate than us. His jump has raised about $5000 already — and you can still help with a donation: http://abseilforyouth2012.gofundraise.

Hole in one

HIS wife was pretty happy when her shot almost aced a par three hole at Bankstown Golf Club on Tuesday. Then husband Peter Raper had to go one better when he holed out in the annual Warren Saunders golf day on Tuesday, raising money for the Ricky Stuart Foundation.

Prince not the answer

IS Gold Coast co-captain Scott Prince the answer to St George Illawarra’s search for a half? There’s a few ifs and buts.

His club gave him a release from his contract to play overseas before Prince rejected the move to Hull FC.

It might open the way for Prince to move to clubs like the Dragons and Brisbane Broncos, both in need of new halves.

But you have to look at why Prince was given a release.

In February, he turns 33. Exactly the same month Ben Hornby turns 33.

Most critics already agree the Dragons captain of last year played one season too long, before retiring.

So why take on an identically-aged player, whose best years are behind him? You would think it would only happen if a player like Jamie Soward asks for — and receives — a release from his contract.

A League boost

PUTTING a second Sydney team into the A League has certainly helped boost the league’s popularity.

Average A league attendances are currently sitting at 15,460, a 20 per cent increase on the same point in the 2011-12 season while average TV audience of 94,969 this season should result in a season-average record.

Attendances are ahead of both the USA’s Major League Soccer (MLS) and the Republic of Korea’s K-League at the same time in their evolution after eight seasons.

You can bet the success of marquee players Alessandro del Piero, Emile Heskey and Shinji Ono will be duplicated next year.

League trials

CRONULLA Sharks fans at home could get the first look at their new-look team in 2013.

There are doubts about Brookvale Oval being available for the scheduled first trial between last season’s finalists, Many and Cronulla, on February 8. If it isn’t, the game goes on at Toyota Stadium.

The Sharks second trial is against Wayne Bennett’s Newcastle side in Tamworth on February 23. Meanwhile, the Dragons have announced Barlow Park in steamy Cairns is the venue for their first trial, against the North Queensland Cowboys on Saturday night, February 16. Coach Steve Price intends taking an extended squad to Cairns ahead of the clash on the Saturday night.

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