In January 2009, David Siddall (Pom) and Blaise Murphet (Aussie) founded World Cricket Watch whilst at the University of Melbourne. Instead of studying hard, a bromance ensued and they decided the world needed a cricket website covering international cricket, its globalisation, opinion from informed fans, cricket videos and plenty of juicy action all over the world.
Mid way through 2010, we launched One Hand One Bounce – the weekly cricket podcast that plays by backyard rules. Now over two years old and getting close to a century of episodes, we’ve been lucky enough to talk to cricket players, bloggers, writers, fans and journalists from all over the world – India, Pakistan, USA, England, France, South Africa, Australia, Sri Lanka, West Indies, New Zealand, Kenya and more.
Over the years, there have been contributions and cracking opinions from cricket writers all over the world (such as the My Favourite Cricketer feature) and it’s great to be a part of the flourishing cricket blogosphere.
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Team Members & Friends of World Cricket Watch
David Siddall, Editor
The opening batsman that England never wanted. Despite rejection from the England camp, his passion for cricket has never waned. Never forgets being called a pommie c bomb on his first ever night out in Australia.
Blaise Murphet, Co-founder and Contirbuting Editor
Blaise is a cricket devotee, who fondly remembers the glory years of the West Indies, particularly his time in the Caribbean watching and talking cricket. A keen advocate of test cricket in particular, he has begrudgingly accepted that Brad Hodge slamming sixes in T20 is pretty damn exciting. Ask him how he met Brian Lara.
A stoic opening batsman for the Edinburgh Cricket Club and a literary marvel, when Murray isn’t winning awards from the Age for his authorship, he’s the erudite one with the astute cricketing brain on One Hand One Bounce. Like the time he discussed the person Stuart MacGill sees at the bottom of every bottle of Bordeaux.
One of if not the most charming, good looking and well-spoken men from the North of England, Jonathan is an editor of leading Australian sports news site Back Page Lead. A proper journo with the inside scoop on Australian cricket and a love of Man U, Jonathan tweets @JPHowcroft.
A columnist with the Montreal Gazette, Montreal’s largest English-language newspaper and a freelance sports writer you can find at Balanced Sports. A big fan of context, he says the best cricket innings he ever saw was Andrew Symonds 143* against Pakistan in the 2003 World Cup, the only match of that tournament his television actually worked for. Matt’s the brains and driving force behind the My Favourite Cricketer feature.
David’s never realised his dream of captaining his country in an Ashes series Down Under. He’s tried to convert the french to cricket (with little success!) and is now back in the motherland. His superb blog: The Reverse Sweep.
Has a man ever loved cricket more? Nicko is the brains and host of awesome cricket talk show The Sledge. You can follow The Sledge on Youtube or if in Australia on community TV channel 31. Torn between the cricket purism of Tests and T20 instant gratification, Nicko just loves cricket. Not to be confused with grey-haired English Stoke-City-supporting sports quiz show panelist Nick Hancock.
Jimi was born with the head of a 15 pound baby and despite taking 16 years to grow into this monstrous noggin, he managaed to become a handy first drop and gloveman for his local club in Richmond, Victoria. Because he likes to watch Rahul Dravid bat, people have often thought he is blind.
Rafiq Copeland is a writer, producer and occasional umbrella salesman. Rafiq discovered he was scared of heights whilst climbing the scoreboard at the Colombo cricket ground, and once got told to ‘piss off’ by Aleem Dar.
Steve was a talented cricketing youngster, unfortunately a dodgy right eye thwarted his destiny to be Australia’s top all rounder. Fortunately his left eye is magic at defying the bookies odd’s and picking a winner. Podiatrist by day, Ultimate Frisbee Maestro the rest of the time, Steve manages to squeeze in his love of cricket when he can.
Ben grew up on a strong diet of cricket literature as well as playing the through junior/senior ranks. He was by no means any particular star of the game, but his dreams of becoming Australian skipper did not fully die until his 20 month old son cleaned bowled him. Outside of cricket he is a qualified accountant and currently work sfor an aid/development organisation.
Possibly India’s biggest fan and host of Couch Talk, Subash has got to interview some of the biggest names in cricket with Wasim Akram, Rahul Dravid and Ian Bishop just a few. He was the leading wicket taker (27 in 13 matches) for his university team in 2005 highlighted by a 5-22 and blogs at “The Cricket Couch“.
Physio to the Stars (Melbourne that is) and the Victoria Bushrangers. Being of Sri Lankan descent and closely working with some of Australia’s highest profile cricketers (Shane Warne included), Thi is fascinating to listen to and interview whenever he joins us on One Hand One Bounce.
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