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.
Matthew Wade has copped more proverbial bouncers at the throat recently than you could poke a stick at. All through it he’s pressed on, despite being rested for the first part of the one-day series this summer against Sri Lanka.
Well, it is that time of year again. The time where obsessed cricket fanatics (such as myself) sit down, ponder for hours, and then finally write some sort of scribble about the top players for the year.
This is a first for me, and I’ve decided to pick 13 players worldwide who will make up my inaugural World XIII. They are in no particular order.
When some of you read this, you might ask ‘where’s Brendon McCullum, or perhaps Hashim Amla?’ Yes, I did consider them, but in my mind didn’t make the cut for 2012. Their years were both excellent and helped lead their teams to some great victories, but in my mind they were beaten by others for consistency and other similar factors. Add to the fact that picking just thirteen players is extremely difficult.
Dubbed ‘Melbourne’s favourite cricket team,’ the MCG will be swamped with green this summer as the Melbourne Stars vie for the BBL|02 title.
Making the finals last year by the skin of their teeth, and bowing out gracefully against the Perth Scorchers, the Stars have once again recruited a strong team, with the likes of Captain Shane Warne, David Hussey, and Sri Lankan icon Lasith Malinga.
The Australian cricket international summer series of tests, one-dayers and Twenty20 matches is hammering on our doors once again, and this time the Aussies will be facing South Africa and Sri Lanka.
While the Proteas and Australia are ahead of Sri Lanka in the ICC World ratings, neither team will be pushovers. Sri Lanka proved that they can take it to the end, collapsing in the ICC World Twenty20 against the West Indies in the final. South Africa boast the likes of Jacques Kallis, AB De Villiers, Hashim Amla and Dale Steyn.
With the first test set to begin on November 9th, here’s a look at what the Aussie crowds can expect from what looks to be a top-notch summer:
With another Australian cricket summer fast approaching (with series against South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies) it comes as no surprise that there will be questions over the squads picked. With the first test against the Proteas at the Gabba on November 9th, the selectors will need to think long and hard as to whom makes the cut. Continue reading Cricket: How much longer: Ponting and Hussey→
As the Australian summer draws ever closer, the Aussies must overcome their recent series loss to Pakistan in the UAE (and their subsequent rankings drop) and contest the Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka, starting on September 18.
Well off the top of the ICC T20 rankings, with South Africa and England sitting first and second respectively, Australia must progress into the final if it has any chance of pushing itself up the rankings, currently in tenth position, prior to the 3rd T20 against Pakistan to be played on Monday night. Continue reading Cricket: ICC World Twenty20 Preview→