When I heard a couple of months back that Brendon McCullum was retiring I was shocked. The guy is only 34 and playing so well. And his team is really starting to make an impact in all forms of international cricket. And why would you retire just before a World Twenty20 and give no chance to Kane Williamson, who is yet to be proved as a skipper? I must state for the record that Bazz McCullum is a mate of mine.
When a team loses badly in an Ashes series there are always casualties. Why did England crumble so quickly? Did they have the cattle to beat Australia? Do they have a culture problem? These questions will be asked at England cricket headquarters but they have been very disappointing. England's captain Joe Root and their head coach Trevor Bayliss will need to change things up or a 5-0 series loss is inevitable.
Next week is the start of the Big Bash League and I just can't wait. I hope the men can follow the women's astonishing start in the WBBL, as they have upped the ante on T20 women's cricket standards with some awesome cricket. The major improvement in the women's game is their power hitting leading to two 200-plus totals in the first weekend and a brilliant century to Ashleigh Gardiner. What can we expect from this BBL07?
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".