December 1, 2007

Australian cricket

Toasting wine and cricket

Peter English
Stuart MacGill during a promotional photo shoot at the Sydney Cricket Ground, October 31, 2006
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It’s been a busy week for Stuart MacGill, who launched a new lifestyle TV show as a sideline to his fight for his Test future. The Weekend Australian columnist Mike Coward sees MacGill talk about his love of wine and writes about the changing culture of the Australian dressing room.

He admits he is no sommelier and is a trifle sheepish chatting with those with a much greater wine knowledge, but he knows what he likes and is keen to spread the gospel. And he has the capacity, enthusiasm and infectious personality to do so.

If his body doesn't fail him, MacGill has the chance of playing Test cricket regularly at the very time the drinking culture within the Australian team is changing. Much to the bemusement - or is that horror? - of Rod Marsh and David Boon and other beer-drinking stalwarts of Australian cricket, Ricky Ponting's men generally celebrate their successes with fine dining and fine wines.

Peter Roebuck writes in the Sydney Morning Herald about George Gilbert, New South Wales’ first captain.

In the Age Tim Lane marks the upcoming anniversary of World Series Cricket.

Peter English is former Australasia editor of ESPNcricinfo

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