Set a victory target of 299, Australia tumbled from 2-147, after the fall of Usman Khawaja, to 224 all out, losing to England by 74 runs. A grim picture after giving themselves every chance to win their first test of the series. Continue reading Cricket: The Ashes: Fourth Test Breakdown
Hard worker? Check. Accumulator of runs? Check. Australian? Check.
Chris Rogers has toiled hard for his scores on both Australian and English surfaces. He has peeled off more than 20,000 runs at First Class level, and has an impressive 60 centuries to his name. Continue reading Cricket: More Than The Pitch: Chris Rogers
Carnage. Probably a very apt word to describe what went on during the second Ashes test at Lord’s.
It is, however, not over until the fat lady sings. That fat lady could be singing as early as Manchester, the venue for the third test.
Continue reading Cricket: The Ashes: when will the calamity end?
Darren Lehmann was last Monday instated as the new national coach, replacing Mickey Arthur. A good choice as a new coach? Certainly. Under controversial circumstances? Yes. Continue reading Cricket: Lehmann the right man for the job – can he turn it around?
What is currently going right with the Australian team?
Granted, those who come in to the test side means that the line-up becomes different to the recently completed Champions Trophy; but it does not change the fact that, on current form, Australia is falling behind the stronger teams in world cricket. Continue reading Cricket: Champions Trophy campaign over, fragile Australia looking to Ashes
Sports teams need leaders. Whether it be a captain, or an experienced head, someone on the field needs to be able to take charge and encourage.
England captain Alastair Cook, New Zealand opener Martin Guptill and West Indian whirlwind Chris Gayle continue to light up stadiums around the world with powerful performances, and are three such players who are not only leaders for their team, but also their country.
Since taking over the test captaincy from Andrew Strauss in August of 2012, Cook immediately established himself as a captain who could also be tasked to perform at the top of the order. Continue reading Cricket: Players In Focus: Alastair Cook, Martin Guptill and Chris Gayle
While a few players in the Champions Trophy squad will not be participating in the coveted test series, a fair majority of the team will have several matches to adjust to both the playing and weather conditions in England. Perhaps not outright favourites for the Ashes, Australia still boasts a very good one day record at the tournament, and will be looking to secure another piece of silverware.
The following is a look at each player in the squad and how they can help Australia to victory: Continue reading Cricket: Australian Champions Trophy 2013 Squad Preview
Cricket is in the blood of all Australians. It’s our summer sport; we play it in the backyard, at a BBQ, on the street, on a field, anywhere we can find space.
For that matter, we become so engrossed in it, we can’t turn away.
Welcome to a list of 10 moments I have compiled (with the help of some Twitter discussion) of Australian cricket moments of the 21st century. They are not listed in any particular order. Continue reading Cricket: 10 great Australian cricket moments of the 21st century
India. The dustbowls. Home of the raging turner or the swinging sensation.
Questions will include; do both spinners get played, which pacemen get the gig, and who is going to open the batting?
Will it be the left arm combination, the Mitchell’s, Starc and Johnson, who can undo India with pace and swing? Or perhaps Peter Siddle will enjoy steaming in and kicking up a cloud of dust.
Chennai is the first venue between these two rivals. And if there is going to be any indication of form, it is going to be the sub continent.
Here’s a player by player preview (the entire 17 man squad): Continue reading Cricket: India the proving ground for Ashes