Nicknamed SOS, he is a left-handed opening batsman and very occasional spin bowler. Marsh and his younger brother Mitchell attended Wesley College in Perth where they excelled in cricket, in 1998 Shaun set the record, which was broken ten years later, for the highest average in the Public Schools Associations Darlot Cup cricket competition. After representing Western Australia at Under 17 and Under 19 level, at the 2001–02 tournament in New Zealand, which Australia won, he scored the fourth most runs for the tournament, with the captain of the Australian side, Cameron White being the leading run scorer. During this time, Marsh made his first-class cricket debut in 2000–01, Marsh was signed by Walsden Cricket Club for the 2004 season after they received many recommendations from former professionals about the next best thing to come out of Australia since Steve Waugh. The recommendations turned out to be correct as Marsh had a season with the bat. Marsh scored 1139 runs at an average of 56.95 and was used as a bowler during his time at Walsden taking 46 wickets at an average of 17.76.
Marsh was a part of Walsdens Wood Cup winning team during this season. In October 2002, Marsh was named to play for Western Australia against the touring English XI in a practice match prior to the 2002–03 Ashes. Marsh top scored for the match with 92 runs against an English bowling attack consisting of Matthew Hoggard, Stephen Harmison, Andy Caddick and Ashley Giles. He was not selected for the match held soon after. Marsh would play in nine ING Cup games and three Pura Cup during the 2002–03 season and he made his maiden first-class hundred against a NSW side featuring Steve and Mark Waugh in 2003. Over the next few years, he cemented his position in the Warriors middle order, averaging over 35 in first class cricket in 2004–05 and he was named in the Australia-A side for a mid-year tournament in Cairns in July 2006. After a relatively poor 2006–07 season, he returned to top form in 2007–08 in all forms of the game. In first-class cricket, he made his highest career score of 166 not out (as part of a 268 run 4th-wicket partnership with Luke Pomersbach, in the 2007–08 Ford Ranger Cup 50-over competition, Marsh made his debut century and was the Warriors top run scorer.
In Twenty20 cricket, he was the leading run scorer with the highest average. At the end of the season, he was named the Lawrie Sawle Medallist for being the best player in the Western Australian state cricket team for the 2007–08 season. He was highly sought after for the Big Bash League due to being regarded as one of the top domestic Twenty20 players in the world and he ultimately chose to stay in WA and play for the Perth Scorchers. A frank discussion with former teammate and new Western Australian coach Justin Langer helped Marsh regain his confidence and eventually his place in the state team, He laid down the laws for me
Marcus James North is an Australian cricketer who played 21 Test matches and two One Day Internationals for the Australian national side. He made his first-class debut for the Academy in 1999, in English cricket, he would go on to play for Lancashire, Gloucestershire and Glamorgan, becoming the first player of any nationality to represent six different counties. North was made captain of Western Australia for the 2007–08 season, and was selected for Australia A. A left-handed batsman and part-time right-arm off-break bowler, North made his Test debut for Australia in February 2009 and he played a further 20 Tests and two ODIs for Australia before being dropped from the side during the 2010–11 Ashes series. Upon the entry of the Perth Scorchers into the newly created Big Bash League, however, in October 2012, North resigned as captain of both WA and the Scorchers to concentrate on his playing career. He retired from Australian domestic cricket at the end of the 2013–14 season, after his retirement North moved to the north east of England to play cricket at South Northumberland Cricket Club.
North played junior cricket together with Mike Hussey at the Wanneroo Districts Cricket Club between 1994 and 1996, North had a very successful junior career that included playing for several Academy and national junior sides. North posted scores of 200 not out and 132 in a youth Test match against Pakistan in 1997 and he made his first-class cricket debut for the Australian Cricket Academy against a Matabeleland Invitation XI in Bulawayo during the Academys tour of Zimbabwe in 1999. North made his Pura Cup debut for Western Australia against Victoria in 1999, in February 2007, North finished second to Rogers in the voting for Australias best state player. With former Test player Justin Langer stepping down as captain of the Western Warriors, however injuries hampered his first season as captain, restricting him to only four first-class matches and three one-day matches. North first played in England for Gateshead Fell in the North East Premier League in 2000 and he played some Natwest Trophy games for Durham Cricket Board.
In the following season, North signed as the player for Colne Cricket Club in the Lancashire League. He returned to Gateshead Fell for the 2002 and 2003 seasons before signing to play county cricket for Durham as a replacement for Herschelle Gibbs, North was signed as a replacement for New Zealander Hamish Marshall at Gloucestershire at the start of the 2007 county season. Despite only playing five matches he managed three centuries one of which won him the Walter Lawrence Trophy, the award for scoring for fastest century during the English season. He returned to Gloucestershire for the 2008 season, but played for Hampshire in the early County Championship season as a replacement for Imran Tahir. He has now signed a deal for 2012 and 2013 as an overseas player for Glamorgan. He has been appointed Glamorgans one day captain for the 2013 season, on 5 February 2009, North was called up to the Australia squad to face South Africa during Australias tour of South Africa. North was selected to make his Test debut against South Africa in the First Test at the New Wanderers Stadium at Johannesburg and he made his debut alongside fellow debutants Phillip Hughes and Ben Hilfenhaus
Dennis Keith Lillee, AM, MBE is a former Australian cricketer rated as the outstanding fast bowler of his generation. Lillee was known for his temperament, never-say-die attitude and popularity with the fans. In the early part of his career Lillee was a quick bowler. Taking on a fitness regime, he fought his way back to full fitness. On 17 December 2009, Lillee was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame and he has contributed to the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai, India. Aged 20, Lillee made his first-class debut for Western Australia in 1969-70, Lillee took 32 wickets in his debut season to be WAs leading wicket-taker. At the end of the season, he toured New Zealand with an Australian second team, the following season, he made his Test debut in the Sixth Test at Adelaide in the 1970-71 Ashes series, taking 5/84 from 28.3 eight-ball overs. In 1971–72 against a World XI at Perth, he destroyed a powerful batting lineup that included Garry Sobers, Clive Lloyd, Rohan Kanhai, Lillee followed this performance with a successful Ashes tour of England in 1972, when he asserted himself as a great bowler.
In a series that ended 2–2, he was the bowler on either team. This earned him selection as one of Wisdens Five Cricketers of the Year for 1973, during a Test against Pakistan in the 1972–73 season, Lillee felt sharp pain in his back for the first time, but continued to play. On the tour of the West Indies that followed, Lillee broke down completely and was diagnosed with stress fracture in his lower vertebrae, forced out of cricket, he spent six weeks during the winter of 1973 wearing a plaster cast that encased his entire torso. After the removal of the cast, he played cricket in Perth as a specialist batsman. There was speculation that his career was nearly over. Lillee persevered, undergoing an intensive physiotherapy routine, formulated by sports scientist Frank Pyke, the pair was a major factor in Australias emphatic 4–1 victory. In 1975, the University of Western Australia timed Lillees bowling at 154.8 km/h, during the inaugural World Cup he captured eight wickets in five matches, including 5/34 against Pakistan at Leeds.
His aggressive bowling was not always suited to the style required in the one-day game. In the subsequent four-Test series against England, Lillee claimed 21 wickets as his team finished winners by 1–0, with the bat, he made 73 not out at Lords to rescue Australia from a difficult situation. Another 27 wickets followed in the summer of 1975–76 against the West Indies, at this time, Lillee was one of the most marketable personalities in Australia, but he was frustrated by the small amounts that he earned from the game
The WACA /ˈwækə/ is a sports stadium in Perth, Western Australia. The stadiums name derives from the initials of its owners and operators, the WACA has been Western Australias home of cricket since the early 1890s, with Test cricket played at the ground since the 1970–71 season. The ground is the venue of Western Australias first-class cricket team, the Western Warriors, and a Womens National Cricket League side. The Perth Scorchers, a Big Bash League franchise, play at the ground, the pitch at the WACA is regarded as one of the quickest and bounciest in the world. These characteristics, in combination with the afternoon sea-breezes which regularly pass the ground, have made the ground an attractive place for pace. The outfield is exceptionally fast, contributing to the ground seeing some very fast scoring – as of February 2016, recent years have seen most of these activities relocated to other venues. It has used for major rock concerts. William Henry Wise, a gardener who came to WA from England in 1880, Wise was personal gardener to Sir George Shenton, of Crawley.
In addition to his work at the WACA Ground, he laid the first tennis court on the Perth Esplanade, the Western Australian Cricket Association was officially established on 25 November 1885 under the Presidency of JCH James. In 1893, the WACA ground was opened, occupying a site of old swamp land to the east of the city. The Association has a 999-year lease over the land, the long term of the lease means that, the Association has freehold title. Originally, the title covered 29 acres, and took in what is now Gloucester Park, the latter part of the land was divested to the Trotting Association in the early 1920s. In a curious twist, between 1977 and 1979, World Series Cricket matches were played at Gloucester Park because the Kerry Packer-led organisation was not granted access to the WACA, the first match played on the turf wickets took place in February 1894. However, difficulties encountered in transporting teams to Western Australia meant that the ground was not part of Australias main cricket community for many years, even with the building of a transcontinental railway, the trip from the eastern states still took several days.
It took the introduction of scheduled flights to Western Australia to make the WACA readily accessible to interstate or overseas teams. James Gardiner, president of the WACA for three terms between 1897 and 1924, proposed the adoption of electorate cricket whereby teams were established on a basis for competition. He inaugurated Country Week cricket, during which teams compete against each other. In 1907, the WACA ground was under threat of being controlled by the Perth City Council to recover debts, Gardiner led the bid to save the ground and secured a government loan
Black is the darkest color resulting from the absence or complete absorption of light. Like white and grey, it is a color, literally a color without hue. It is one of the four colors in the CMYK color model, along with cyan, yellow. Black is often used to represent darkness, it is the symbolic opposite of white, Black was one of the first colors used by artists in neolithic cave paintings. In the 14th century, it began to be worn by royalty and it became the color worn by English romantic poets and statesmen in the 19th century, and a high fashion color in the 20th century. In the Roman Empire, it became the color of mourning, according to surveys in Europe and North America, it is the color most commonly associated with mourning, the end, magic, violence and elegance. More distant cognates include Latin flagrare, and Ancient Greek phlegein, the Ancient Greeks sometimes used the same word to name different colors, if they had the same intensity. Kuanos could mean both dark blue and black, the Ancient Romans had two words for black, ater was a flat, dull black, while niger was a brilliant, saturated black.
Ater has vanished from the vocabulary, but niger was the source of the country name Nigeria the English word Negro, old High German had two words for black, swartz for dull black and blach for a luminous black. These are parallelled in Middle English by the terms swart for dull black, swart still survives as the word swarthy, while blaek became the modern English black. In heraldry, the used for the black color is sable, named for the black fur of the sable. Black was one of the first colors used in art, the Lascaux Cave in France contains drawings of bulls and other animals drawn by paleolithic artists between 18,000 and 17,000 years ago. They began by using charcoal, and made more vivid black pigments by burning bones or grinding a powder of manganese oxide, for the ancient Egyptians, black had positive associations, being the color of fertility and the rich black soil flooded by the Nile. It was the color of Anubis, the god of the underworld, who took the form of a black jackal, and offered protection against evil to the dead.
For the ancient Greeks, black was the color of the underworld, separated from the world of the living by the river Acheron and those who had committed the worst sins were sent to Tartarus, the deepest and darkest level. In the center was the palace of Hades, the king of the underworld, Black was one of the most important colors used by ancient Greek artists. In the 6th century BC, they began making pottery and red figure pottery. In black-figure pottery, the artist would paint figures with a clay slip on a red clay pot
The Sheffield Shield is the domestic first-class cricket competition of Australia. The tournament is contested between teams from the six states of Australia, prior to the Shield being established, a number of intercolonial matches were played. The Shield, donated by Lord Sheffield, was first contested during the 1892–93 season, queensland was admitted for the 1926–27 season, Western Australia for the 1947–48 season and Tasmania for the 1977–78 season. The competition is contested in a double-round robin format, with each playing every other team in two home-and-away matches. Points are awarded based on wins, losses and ties, regular matches last for four days, the final lasts for five days. New South Wales have won the most titles, with 46 overall, in 1891–92 the Earl of Sheffield was in Australia as the promoter of the English team led by W. G. Grace. The tour included three Tests played in Melbourne and Adelaide, at the conclusion of the tour, Lord Sheffield donated £150 to the New South Wales Cricket Association to fund a trophy for an annual tournament of intercolonial cricket in Australia.
The three colonies of New South Wales and South Australia were already playing each other in ad hoc matches, the new tournament commenced in the summer of 1892/93, mandating home and away fixtures between each colony each season. The three teams competed for the Sheffield Shield, named after its benefactor, a Polish immigrant, Phillip Blashki, won the competition to design the trophy, a 43 x 30-inch silver shield. The competition therefore commenced some 15 years after Australias first Test match, in 1999, the Australian Cricket Board announced a sponsorship deal which included renaming the Sheffield Shield to the Pura Milk Cup, to the Pura Cup the following season. Pura is a name of National Foods, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Philippines-based San Miguel Corporation. The sponsorship increased total prize money to A$220,000, with the winners receiving A$75,000. Weet-bix is a cereal biscuit manufactured by Sanitarium Health Food Company, in the 2011–12 season, Bupa took over the sponsorship for the competition.
A Each team has used several venues to host matches, for a full list, see list of cricket grounds in Australia. Queensland and South Australia played only once in 1926/27, Western Australia played each team only once from their debut in 1946/47 until 1955/56 inclusive. Tasmania played each team only once from their debut in 1977/78 until 1981/82 inclusive, where the teams played an unequal number of games, their final points were calculated on a pro-rata basis. Matches were timeless up to 1926/27, a 4-day time limit has applied since 1927/28. Since 1982/83, the top two teams after the 10 home and away rounds have met in a final, the team with the most points hosts the final against the second ranked team
Cricket in Australia
Cricket is one of the most popular sports in Australia at international and local levels. Unlike most other sports, cricket generates equal interest in all regions of the nation. The peak administrative body for professional and amateur cricket in Australia is Cricket Australia. A record 1,311,184 people played cricket across Australia in 2015-16, women participation reached record figures in 2015-16, growing nine percent to 314,936 players. According to Cricket Australias annual report of 2014-15,1,208,360 Australians played formal, organised cricket during the year, official audience data shows that 93. 6% of Australians watched at least some cricket on TV in 2010–11 calendar year. Cricket has been played in Australia for over 210 years, intercolonial cricket in Australia started with a visit by cricketers from Victoria to Tasmania in February 1851. The match was played in Launceston on 11–12 February with Tasmania winning by 3 wickets, the first tour by an English team to Australia was in 1861–62, organised by the catering firm of Spiers and Pond as a private enterprise.
A further tour followed in 1863–64, led by George Parr and was more successful than the last. In 1868, a team consisting of Aboriginal cricketers became the first Australian team to tour England, the team played 47 matches, winning 14, drawing 19 and losing 14. The heavy workload and inclement weather took its toll with King Cole contracting a case of tuberculosis during the tour. Further tours by English teams took place in 1873–74 and 1876–77, the 1876–77 season was notable for a match between a combined XI from New South Wales and Victoria and the touring Englishmen at the Melbourne Cricket Ground played on 15–19 March. This match, to be recognised as the first Test Match, was won by Australia by 45 runs thanks mainly to an unbeaten 165 by Charles Bannerman, the result of this match was seen by Australians and Englishmen as a reflection of the rising standard of Australian cricket. The rising standards of Australian cricket was established during the first representative tour of England in 1878.
A famous victory on the 1882 tour of England resulted in the placement of an obituary in an English newspaper. The obituary stated that English cricket had died, and the body will be cremated, the English media dubbed the next English tour to Australia as the quest to regain The Ashes. The Sheffield Shield, the premier cricket competition in Australia, was established in 1892 by the Australasian Cricket Council. The era from the mid-1890s to World War I has been described as Australian crickets golden age and this era saw the emergence of players such as Monty Noble, Clem Hill and in particular Victor Trumper, who was idolised by the Australian public. It saw the emergence of the first womens club in the colonies
New South Wales cricket team
The New South Wales cricket team are an Australian mens professional first class cricket team based in Sydney, New South Wales. The team competes in the Australian first class cricket competition known as the Sheffield Shield, the team previously played in the now defunct Twenty20, Big Bash, which has since been replaced by the Big Bash League since the 2011–12 season. New South Wales were the winners of the Champions League Twenty20. They are by far the most successful cricket side in Australia having won the First-class competition 46 times. In addition, they have won the Australian domestic limited-overs cricket tournament cup 10 times. They occasionally play first-class matches against touring International sides, New South Wales have played teams representing every test playing nation bar Bangladesh. The secondary club colour is blue, with additional contrasting colour of white. Players with international caps are listed in bold, as of 28 April 2016 The following is a list of notable players who have represented both New South Wales and Australia
Voges test match batting average of 61.87 is second only to Donald Bradman, widely regarded as one of the greatest batsman of all time. Voges was included in the 2016 ICC Test Match Team of the Year, from Perth, Western Australia, Voges excelled at cricket from an early age, attending the Western Australian Institute of Sport and playing for the Australian under-19 team. Voges debuted for Australia during the 2006–07 Chappell–Hadlee Trophy, and played irregularly at both ODI and T20I level throughout the remainder of the decade, in October 2012, after Marcus Norths resignation, Voges was appointed acting captain of Western Australia. For the inaugural Big Bash League, he signed with the Melbourne Stars franchise, Voges made his Test debut for Australia in June 2015, aged 35, and scored a century on debut against the West Indies. In February 2017, Voges announced his retirement from international cricket and his last match was as captain of the Prime Ministers XI side against Sri Lanka on 15 February 2017.
The next month, he announced his retirement from domestic cricket. Born in Subiaco, Western Australia, Voges was raised in Rockingham, in WACA District Cricket, he originally fell under the Rockingham-Mandurah District Cricket Clubs recruitment zone, but transferred to the Melville Cricket Club on a special permit. He went on to tour with the Western Australia under-19 cricket team, Voges was the winner of the 2001–02 Olly Cooley Medal for the best player in the WACA grade cricket competition. Voges made his first-class debut on 8 December 2002 for Western Australia in the Pura Cup match against Tasmania, after averaging only 17 with the bat in the four matches he played, he spent the 2003/04 season playing grade cricket. He made his List A debut in the ING Cup match against Tasmania in October 2004, in just his second one-day match at North Sydney Oval, Voges set the record for the fastest domestic one-day century, bringing up his 100 off only 62 balls. He finished the ING Cup season with an average of just under 32, 2005/06 was a mixed season, which saw him average 34 in Pura Cup and 49 in the ING Cup.
In 2006/07, Voges enjoyed a good start to the season with two first-class centuries in his first three matches. This good form led to his selection to the Australian squad for the 3rd Ashes Test. Voges scored 150 against Tasmania, nearly chasing down a total of 400 early in the season, Voges learned of the news during a tour match between his side, the Cricket Australia XI, and the ECB Chairmans XI at Lilac Hill. Of his learning of the selection, Voges said, Tony Dodemaide tapped me on the shoulder and he said, I thought I was in trouble. Voges made his ODI debut on 20 February 2007 vs New Zealand in the Chappell–Hadlee Series before being selected for the Tour of India in September 2007, in December 2007 he made his Twenty20 International debut, against New Zealand, at his home ground in Perth. On 15 February 2009, Voges made a catch in a Twenty20 game against New Zealand at the Sydney Cricket Ground to catch Brendon McCullum out for 61 in the penultimate over. Catching the ball on the line, but not in full control he tossed the ball forwards into the air as he tumbled backwards over the boundary rope
Melbourne Cricket Ground
The Melbourne Cricket Ground, known simply as The G, is an Australian sports stadium located in Yarra Park, Victoria. The MCG is within walking distance of the city centre and is served by the Richmond railway station, and it is part of the Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Precinct. Since it was built in 1853, the MCG has been in a state of almost constant renewal and it served as the centrepiece stadium of the 1956 Summer Olympics, the 2006 Commonwealth Games and two Cricket World Cups,1992 and 2015. The annual Boxing Day Test is one of the MCGs most popular events, the stadium fills to capacity for the AFL Grand Final. Concerts and other events are held at the venue. The MCG is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register and was included on the Australian National Heritage List in 2005, journalist Greg Baum called it a shrine, a citadel, a landmark, a totem that symbolises Melbourne to the world. Founded in November 1838 the Melbourne Cricket Club selected the current MCG site in 1853 after previously playing at several grounds around Melbourne, the club’s first game was against a military team at the Old Mint site, at the corner of William and Latrobe Streets.
The area was subject to flooding, forcing the club to move again and it was not long before the club was forced out again, this time because of the expansion of the railway. The South Melbourne ground was in the path of Victoria’s first steam railway line from Melbourne to Sandridge and this last option, which is now Yarra Park, had been used by Aborigines until 1835. Between 1835 and 1853 it was an agistment area for colonial troopers’ horses, in 1850 it was part of a 200-acre stretch set aside for public recreation extending from Governor La Trobe’s Jolimont Estate to the Yarra River. By 1853 it had become a busy promenade for Melbourne residents, an MCC sub-committee chose the Richmond Park option because it was level enough for cricket but sloped enough to prevent inundation. That ground was located where the Richmond, or outer, end of the current MCG is now, at the same time the Richmond Cricket Club was given occupancy rights to six acres for another cricket ground on the eastern side of the Government Paddock.
At the time of the grant the Government stipulated that the ground was to be used for cricket and cricket only. This condition remained until 1933 when the State Government allowed the MCG’s uses to be broadened to other purposes when not being used for cricket. In 1863 a corridor of land running diagonally across Yarra Park was granted to the Hobson’s Bay Railway, the area closest to the river was developed for sporting purposes in years including Olympic venues in 1956. The first grandstand at the MCG was the original wooden stand built in 1854. It was during this tour that the MCG hosted the worlds first Test match, in 1881 the original members stand was sold to the Richmond Cricket Club for £55. A new brick stand, considered at the time to be the world’s finest cricket facility, was built in its place, the foundation stone was laid by Prince George of Wales and Prince Albert Victor on 4 July and the stand opened in December that year