Cricket writer John Townsend has covered more than 100 Tests and three winning World Cup campaigns since 1999. He is also an award-winning football reporter.
Two months after Optus Stadium grasped the AFL grand final from the MCG, the Melbourne sporting landmark is preparing to return the favour with the fifth Ashes Test.
Suspended Peel footballer Michael Randall could start pre-season training next month if he receives the same penalty that applied to Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Michelle Payne in 2017.
Alex Carey is set to mirror wicket-keeping great Adam Gilchrist by making a Gabba Test debut after the contentious exit of a veteran predecessor.
Pat Cummins believes his university studies in executive management and organisational structure will help him deploy the diverse skills and characters under his control in the Test team.
A WA draft prospect has tested positive to a banned substance present in weight loss products and is awaiting a tribunal hearing that will determine his eligibility to play next season.
Western Australia have lost two Sheffield Shield matches to Tasmania in a month after Sam Whiteman’s attempt to conjure a win in Hobart was thwarted by opposite number Jordan Silk.
Jhye Richardson has torn through the Tasmania middle order to strengthen his bid to make a Test comeback at the Gabba next month, putting pressure on incumbent quick Mitchell Starc.
Sam Whiteman has played his last match for the team where he won three BBL titles, with the Perth Scorchers hero set to head east.
Inaugural West Coast player Rob Wiley will extend his relationship with the club to nearly four decades after agreeing to coach the Eagles’ WAFL team next season.
West Coast will be able to recruit one player from every WAFL club and will play five home games at Mineral Resources Park as part of an agreement to remain in the State league for the next three seasons.
The biggest shock next month when the Australian team walks onto the Gabba to start the Ashes defence will be if Usman Khawaja is part of it.
Cam Bancroft might be the forgotten man of Australian cricket but his mentor Ian Botham would not be surprised if the WA opener had another coming in Test ranks.
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