lillee, viv richards 1981


 The first Test of the 2012-13 season starts at the Gabba today.

 The Gabba.

Even after 30 years the sound of that strange word instantly fills me with very mixed emotions. In the early 80s I became the first woman, anywhere in the world, to enter the original old boys den and commentate on cricket.

It was my dream job, but turned out to be more like a nightmare.


Channel 9 Dream Team, ’97: Greg & Ian Chappell, Richie Benaud, Bill Lawry, Tony Greig.


At that time, after a couple of years writing weekly features for Saturday’s Sydney Morning Herald, my editor went on maternity leave and ...

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  • Reply November 9, 2012


    I have some experience with that group of people. I wouldn’t necessarily class them as sexist, although I think several of their records are indisputable in this area. I do know they are elitist. “If you haven’t played the game at the highest level, you can’t possibly talk about it” is a classic byline attached to many former sports stars. I know it irks some of them that ‘inferior’ players have better records Yet these same people very rarely provide insight to the viewer as to why some players are successful and some are not.

  • Reply November 9, 2012

    jonah stiffhausen

    I can remember reading another of Kate’s interminable reminiscences about this episode where she described Chappelli as a gentleman. What’s the story?
    More words written about her commentating stint than the history of Wisden combined.
    Enough already, as my jewish friend, Morrie the tailor says.

  • Reply November 9, 2012


    as a long time cricket fan I recall those days Kate and how much grief you got. I defended you mightly but I did wonder why you sounded so…hmmm…without good cricket knowledge. DIdn’t realize you were being gagged!

  • Reply November 10, 2012


    Best way to watch the cricket: picture on, sound off, commentary via ABC Radio.

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  • Reply November 29, 2012

    Tony W

    “We look tired…ignoring injury…running scared. In the Visitor’s Pavilion, Mrs Morkel’s formidable little boy Morne and his equally quick, fearless and tireless friends, Dale Steyn, Jacques Kallis and Vernon Philander are waiting like smiling assassins.”

    Haha, care to rethink that prediction now Kate?!!

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