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A quick straw poll: who are the outliers in the Australian cricket media landscape, the individuals who you may disagree with more often than not, but challenge the way you think about the game? The lack of any obvious answers to that question, across three formats, is worrying, says Jonathan Howcroft in Back Page Lead.
Without Greig this summer's telecast has contained almost entirely Australian accents, anchor Mark Nicholas the notable exception. The majority of these are teammates from the recent golden era of the game in this country, with an increasing proportion drawn from a single state side of that vintage ...
... A select few influential figures don't like the Big Bash, therefore the competition is illegitimate to readers of major newspapers, despite what the gate or Pay TV figures indicate. The throng of ex-players near microphones don't agree with rotation, so as viewers we are led to conclude the practice is fundamentally wrong, despite its widespread implementation in most sports and in most other successful cricketing countries. All the while these assumptions are percolating into public consciousness all-but unchallenged.
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