Passing the torch.


The Australian summer series for cricket begins today. We play the Kiwis at the Gabba.

The significance of this match is that the torch has been handed to a new generation. Captaincy of the Australian cricket team is often said to be the second most important job in Australia, after the Prime Minister. Over the years I’ve watched Aussie cricket, I’ve seen the torch handed down from one captain to another. Allan Border to Mark Taylor to Steve Waugh to Ricky Ponting to Michael Clarke and now to Steve Smith. The current team now playing the Kiwis also sees a number of changes. Several players have retired. Haddin, Watson and Rogers are gone.

Ageing, succession and refreshing renewals. They’re all part of the cycle of life. As I type this Australia is 1 for 194 and newcomers Burns and Khuwaja looking like they would do well. Warner is nearing his century.

3 and a half weeks from now summer would officially begin and I would have spent my first winter and spring in the nation’s capital city.

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