Bowling to Rudd's visions of grandeur

An election annihilation of Julia Gillard would pave the way for Kevin Rudd to fulfil his dual ambition of leading Labor and returning the party to glory.

In cricket it's called the 'nightwatchman' – a lower order batsman who is asked to bat through the last hour or so of a day's play in a test match to avoid sending a top quality batsman to the crease. The big hitter can then take over in the morning – fresh, bright, and hitting sixes.

And with each passing day it becomes clearer that Kevin Rudd, aged 55 and three quarters, would be much better waiting until after the next election to strap on the pads as leader of the parliamentary Labor party.

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