Welcome to Cricky’s Column, a place for my musings on the two games I hold most dear to my heart – cricket and rugby league. The blog, which was created in 2015 under the title Round The Wicket, was conceived initially as a vehicle for my writings and opinions on the game I play and have admired since I was a boy. It has expanded in recent times, and now contains a dedicated rugby league section formed specifically to house my thoughts on the St George Illawarra Dragons and general RL matters.
The pieces of writing found within the numerous pages on Cricky’s Column will come in multiple forms and I endeavor to cover the game of cricket as widely as the limitations of blogging allow for, even if my love for the Baggy Green can be seen to take up the most of the limelight.
Now, a bit about myself. My name is Jordan Crick and I am an aspiring sports journalist/ writer/ broadcaster who is currently studying Bachelor of Journalism, majoring in sports studies, at the University Of Queensland in Australia. When I’m not playing cricket, I can be found sitting behind a computer furiously typing up another article in a near sleep deprived state. If I’m not doing that than I’m probably in front of the television watching the Australian side attempt to play cricket on the dust bowls (bunsen burners, whatever you want to call them) in India. I’m also a connoisseur of county cricket and follow it intently during the freezing cold winter months here in Australia. I hope to one day travel around England blogging about it and taking photos to keep this site as diverse and all-encompassing as possible.
I am a freelance journalist who is currently contracted by a few individual companies, and the work I don’t post here can be found in any of the website links listed below. If you would like to get in contact with me, my Twitter account should be your first port of call. I usually answer anything and everything that makes its way through my inbox, even people who are trying to save me 500% on health insurance…..
I should probably mention my favourite teams. After all, this is a sports blog and they must contain a list in order for people to gauge exactly who you are and the reasons as to why you’ve become embroiled in the blogging scene. You can tell a lot about a person from the team/s they support.
The Australian Cricket team
Queensland Bulls (Australian Domestic Cricket) and the Brisbane Heat (BBL)
Surrey CCC (County cricket)
St George Illawarra Dragons (NRL)
Essendon Bombers (AFL)
If you have any further questions on either myself, my writing services or the blog, please do not hesitate to contact me. For now, enjoy the cricket!
“The key thing was to learn the value of economy with words and to never insult the viewer by telling them what they can already see” – Richie Benaud
Favourite Cricketing Moments
Barely a day goes by where I don’t indulge in some form of cricket. This has led to the formation of quite an extensive memoir. Below, I have compiled a list of my favourite moments from days gone by in no particular order, bearing in mind of course that my cricket watching days span back to just midway through the last decade on account of my age. These memories hail from both games I have attended, and games I have witnessed from the trusty arm chair in front of the television. I have added a video to most of the posts so that you too can relive these moments, the majority of which I hope you will share my admiration for.
Peter Siddle’s Hat-trick at the GABBA
I was a wee twelve year old when I was in attendance to witness this magical spell, and although I find it difficult to pick favourites, this would have to be in the top four or five based simply on the fact that every delivery and permutation of that hour has stuck with me. It was the first day of the first Ashes test and, if my recollection serves me correct, not a great deal had happened up to this point, the crowd had been condemned to a dull roar. Siddle returned for his third spell and changed the game, or the innings at least, by taking the wickets of Cook – who was beginning a series where his batting transcended the realms of the mere mortal – Prior and Broad – who fumbled and fidgeted on every step to the wicket, only to be sent back a minute later.
Without further adieu, here is that spell. The sound bites of an inspired Shane Keith Warne are perhaps as devastating as Siddle’s hat-trick. His excitement is palpable, as was the atmosphere inside the stadium that day.