Summary Ground staff prepare the baseball field that has been specially built for the Major League Baseball opening series at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Rick Rycroft / AP. The Arizona Diamondbacks train at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 ahead of their two-game opening series with the Los Angeles Dodgers in Australia.
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Summary England's Kevin Pietersen reacts as he walks off the field after he caught out by Australia's Shane Watson during the second day of the fifth Ashes Test at the Sydney cricket ground January 4, 2014. Kevin Pietersen is at peace his England career is over and has said the team's dressing room was not a "pleasant place" during the 5-0 Ashes whitewash in Australia. The 33-year-old former captain's central contract was terminated by England after the disastrous tour and the team will walk out to play their first Test on Thursday, against Sri Lanka at Lord's, since the sacking of the prolific run-scorer.
Summary Sydney has pinched the rights for Australia Day cricket this summer from Adelaide, with Michael Clarke's team to host India in a one-day international at the redeveloped SCG on the January public holiday. However, the venue will in January lose one of the marquee days of international cricket to Sydney again despite having had its $535 million facelift completed, lifting its capacity to more than 50,000. The match against India at the SCG will form a key part of the Australian team's preparations for the World Cup, to be held in Australia and New Zealand, starting on February 14.
Summary England's Kevin Pietersen reacts as he walks off the field after he caught out by Australia's Shane Watson during the second day of the fifth Ashes cricket test at the Sydney cricket ground January 4, 2014. Pietersen also heaped additional pressure on out-of-form skipper Cook, claiming his lack of runs was playing on his mind and making him appear a "rabbit in the headlights". "England were in winning positions in both matches but blew it, and I believe that is a symptom of the senior players being very unsettled," Pietersen, controversially dumped from the team in the wake of the Ashes debacle, wrote in his column in British newspaper, the Telegraph.
Summary England's Kevin Pietersen reacts as he walks off the field after he caught out by Australia's Shane Watson during the second day of the fifth Ashes cricket test at the Sydney cricket ground January 4, 2014. LONDON (Reuters) - Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen says he still harbours dreams of turning out for his country despite being controversially axed from the national team. The 34-year-old had his central contract terminated by the England and Wales Cricket Board following the 5-0 Ashes defeat by Australia, with the governing body saying captain Alastair Cook needed to be able to trust and rely on the backing of all his players.
Summary Legendary Channel Nine league commentator Ray Warren launched his book The Voice at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Wednesday. The Junior Kiwis will lock horns with the Junior Kangaroos in a one-off test, as part of a double-header clash at Mt Smart Stadium on October 18. The grand final of the Pirtek Premiership - which starts on August 23 - will be played beforehand, giving local fans plenty to cheer about in between the NRL grand final on October 5 and the start of the Four Nations on October 25.
Summary If you call yourself a footy fan and you can't get excited about South Sydney and Manly under lights at the Sydney Cricket Ground, it's probably time to see your doctor. These two sides can pile on the points and they are without peer defensively. This very much has the smell of grand final, and on the sacred turf of the SCG, shapes as the match of the season.
Summary Friday night, my friend Dan waited to park, with a vanload of screaming kids, in an enormous queue of cars outside the Sydney Cricket Ground for the South Sydney versus Manly NRL game. In some cities, you can feed a family of six on that amount of money, yet in Sydney we just accept it as part of the non-stop gouge-a-thon that is the cost of living here. In March, the NRMA's Sydney CBD Parking Comparison report compared the city's parking costs to US cities of similar size, population and demography, notably Boston, San Francisco and Seattle.