Alex Malcolm

Big Bash League 2011-12

Show about 'nothing' gets record ratings

The teams are mixed, the crowds underwhelming, inter-state rivalries absent, and yet, the BBL has generated a record TV audience in its opening round

Shaun Tait exits state cricket

A sorrowful parting

Few batsmen will lament the fact, but plenty of others will be sorrowful that Shaun Tait has slung down his final ball for South Australia

Australia news

Players to watch this season

The 2011-12 Australian summer begins on Sunday with a one-day match between Queensland and Victoria, before the opening Sheffield Shield round starts on Tuesday. ESPNcricinfo looks at some of the young men to keep an eye on this season

BBL or the bush

If traditionalists are alarmed at Cricket Australia's new thrust on Twenty20, they'll need to get used to it. Swayed by public research findings, the board has decided to go all out to pursue new audiences