Add a woman’s touch to save the one-dayers

TWENTY20 cricket is creating quite a splash in Australia with many players I haven't heard of before playing in the BBL.

I admit to being a traditionalist who likes the Test matches, but I really enjoy Twenty20 cricket, particularly the Brisbane Heat and more particularly when Warwick paceman Mark Steketee is in the squad.

It is amazing how some correct batsmen in four and five-day cricket have adapted their games to suit Twenty20.

The concern in cricket right now is the 50-over game, which isn't creating the interest of Test and Twenty20 cricket.

State of Origin rugby league started with one Origin game after the first two games between players living in Queensland and New South Wales, not based on their origins.

What about at the end of a one-day series, we have one game with half the team men and half women and see how it goes?

Nobby curling star Angus Young told me this week about coaching a winning mixed curling pair in New Zealand, so why can't we have some mixed cricket.

The women bowl to the women, the men bowl to the men and all field. Wheatvale all-rounder Carly Cooper has proved she can mix it with the men in Warwick cricket.

All sports need to come up with new initiatives and this is one suggestion for cricket.

Pressure off

I ALWAYS have a favourite cricketer and they are always from Queensland.

It was Toowoomba batsman Greg Ritchie in the 1980s then Matt Hayden and now Shane Watson.

I tend to feel as much pressure as the players when they go in to bat.

I must say after a century and 85 not out in his past three innings, the pressure is off Watson and me just a touch.

Tasmanian batsman Alex Doolan is in the Ashes squad as cover for Watson who has a groin strain, but why not give Doolan a go instead of George Bailey who hasn't really made No.6 his own?

I know they may want to have the same 11 for five successive Tests but that is a statistic for trivia nights and shouldn't be a concern.

I like the way Bailey plays his cricket and captains the Twenty20 team, but Doolan is the next big thing and deserves a chance in the Sydney Test this week.

Triathlon on

GOOD to see the action is continuing in the new Southern Downs Tri Club with an event on Australia Day at Stanthorpe.

Plenty of athletes proved in the Warwick event in November that all they needed to do to compete was hard work.

There were plenty of runners in the event who have transformed themselves into triathletes, including Melissa Reid and Pat Sinnott.

For Pat, the swim was always going to be the tough leg once he decided to do an individual event from a background in running, but he trained hard and went well.

Wayne Schnitzerling went the other way from a background in swimming and added the bike and run, so is now eyeing off the individual Hell of the West Triathlon at Goondiwindi.

I saw Warwick triathlete Sue Pike a few days after the event at WIRAC and she was so excited to be able to compete in and finish her first individual triathlon.

Short courses around our pools seem to work well in conjunction with the pool swim. Not everyone wants to swim in the Macintyre River which is the go at Goondi.

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