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Mason Crane – perhaps the brightest spot in a bleak Ashes tour

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CM was fortunate enough to hear the tale of cricket player Mason Crane via his parents Nick and Alison at the 5th Ashes Test in Sydney where Mason played his first ever game for England.

His parents said they had never been a cricket family but their only son Mason fell in love with the game in the 2005 Ashes series. At only 8yo he idolized Australian legendary leg spinner Shane Warne. They said he used to watch DVDs of Warne’s bowling action every morning while eating breakfast and told them “I’m going to play for England”. He stayed focused on his career until he got his chance this weekend.

On Day 3 when he got to bowl a proper spell his parents were understandably nervous. CM said that would vanish once he took a wicket. Indeed test cricket is as much a mental game as it is physical and given on Day 4 he bowled in 40 degree heat the test was even more severe.

As emotions go, he got the wicket of Khawaja for 171. While he ended up with figures of 1-193 from almost 50 overs, Mason revealed proper grit, something lacking in many of his teammates this series

After meeting with Nick and Alison today the relief on their faces was self-evident. Truly proud parents. CM said for them to enjoy the anonymity for now because before they know it the media will be calling for his story. There can be no doubt that he will be a player the English side would be stupid to ignore for a future as a full-time spin bowler.

The press is saying the English team management will do a huge post mortem on the disastrous 4-0 drubbing by the Aussies. While negatives are everywhere, Mason was probably the only real “positive takeaway.”

One can never find the answer by merely looking at the problems but focusing on the solutions. Mason Crane looks to be that solution in years to come. Good teams unite in adversity. Finger pointing and wailing over who is to blame doesn’t help. Acknowledging failure and embracing sensible strategy will win out every time.

Best of luck Mason!!

Tricking the boss

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Cricket Australia has an application on its homepage that allows cricket fans the option to keep up to date with a dummy excel spreadsheet that automatically updates the scores. Ingenious? Perhaps but most trading offices one frequents in finance (at least in Australia) broadcast the sports on TV, next to market moving monitors of course!

It was only a decade ago when companies tried to ban the use of Hotmail inside the office, hopefully limiting staff and their ability to converse with head hunters. As nearly everyone is armed with a smart phone these days makes sense to give (not take) everyone access to any sight they wish on the office PC. At least that way IT could track down productivity reports. Imagine your 6 monthly review. “Smith, your activity on Facebook is down 35% over the previous half…but you did promote our dullest products  to a client via Instagram so we’re paying you an extra bonus”