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A rough gem that's worth a good polish

Former Victorian wicketkeeper Darren Berry can contribute much to Australian cricket.

Rise up order likely for classy Clarke

A promotion is in the offing thanks to a display of skill and savvy in trying times, writes Will Swanton.


YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A BUDDHIST TO KNOW NOTHING By Joan Konner Prometheus Books, 331pp, $29.99

Nine's tough pitch as Richie bats on

IF BART Cummings' spring blitz at the age of 81 was not bad enough, anyone who felt a creak in their arthritic joints recently when it was announced the official retirement age would creep up to 67 will not thank Richie Benaud.

Want to contribute to our national cultural policy? Do some homework first.

WHAT HAPPENS when the Federal Government puts a call out to the public to make suggestions about a cultural policy? After a few hours of reviewing some of the submissions, it would be fair to say that the quality and usefulness of the submissions so far have been decidedly mixed.