Part of the desperate late fight for spots in the competition final, the Pura Cup clash between Victoria and Tasmania in Melbourne might have been expected to provide plenty of fireworks
Australia's short-lived search for a new one-day international captain has ended today with the news that Ricky Ponting has been named to fill the position.
Victoria has escaped the dubious prospect of claiming back-to back wooden spoons after a see-sawing domestic one-day cricket clash against fellow struggler Tasmania here at the Melbourne Cricket Ground today.
Australia's selectors have dropped a bombshell today, announcing the axing of national captain Steve Waugh from the country's one-day international team.
If there was any doubt that early 2002 is the time of a changing of the guard in Australian cricket, then today's developments represent the most indisputable evidence of all.
A lot can happen in 12 months
Queensland left hander Matthew Hayden has tonight capped a sensational 12 months by being named the 2002 Allan Border Medallist
He's been fighting bigger battles over the course of the last week, and there are undoubtedly bigger fish to fry over the months ahead
Hailstones, cyclonic hitting from Chris Cairns and Lou Vincent, and some searing pace bowling from Andre Adams all thwarted their progress
Talk in Australian cricket remains fixed on bonus points and head-to-head rules for the moment
Give away a bonus point, offer a team a berth in a finals series, and evidently media criticism, a small crowd, and an eight wicket hiding is all that New Zealand receives by way of thanks
As histories of Australia's failure to qualify for the VB Series finals this season begin to be written, one thing is already becoming clear
New South Wales has confirmed its standing as Australia's dominant women's cricket state with a thrilling four wicket win over Victoria in match two of the National Women's Cricket League finals series here in Sydney today.
South Australia's bid for a first limited-overs finals appearance in seven years has received another shot in the arm tonight with a 34-run victory over a disappointing Tasmania in Adelaide.
Twelve months ago, Shane Watson was a shock selection for Tasmania
One of Australian domestic cricket's most experienced players and one of its most promising are the new faces in an exciting 15-man squad named today to represent Australia on its Test tour of South Africa next month.
New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming has been fined 40% of his match fee after being found guilty of misconduct during his team's two wicket VB Series loss to Australia in Melbourne yesterday.
For all of the changes made over recent times at the margins of the one-day game, certain factors do not dim in importance
New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming will appear before match referee Hanumant Singh tonight after being charged with misconduct over an incident early in today's day-night VB Series clash against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
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