For all the pomp and circumstance that surrounded the Trent Bridge debacle, the Ashes wasn’t really the catalyst, crux or anything in between.
It’s the regeneration. Since the retirement of Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and co, there’s been a rebuild. The 2013-2014 Ashes was combed over by England’s dreadful performances. Many of these have already been talked about, dissected and torn apart. Continue reading
A revitalised format may just be the kicker of one of the most important women’s series outside of the World Cup.
The Women’s Ashes are well underway over in England, with Australia’s two point lead after the one-day internationals a crucial advantage heading into the only test match that starts on August the 11th.
Critically, that test match was once the first match in the series, and whoever took the win from that almost guaranteed themselves a series win with the shorter form to play. Having watched the likes of Meg Lanning and Ellyse Perry make the England women stand up and take notice, putting the ODIs first does two good things: Continue reading
Joe Root plays through the off side in England’s ODI win (photo: Getty Images)
As a feature of comparison, here are England’s test and ODI squads from the recent series against New Zealand: Continue reading
New Zealand catapulted themselves to victory at Headingley in the last match of their two-test series against England this week. One game prior, at the revered Lord’s, they were brushed aside by 124 runs.
Social media was awash with fans giving New Zealand the upper hand headed into the first test. Continue reading
Preparation is key. Even more so for Australia’s line-up of pace bowlers as the Ashes series in England draws closer.
Some have already cemented their places with some fine performances over the past six months, Ryan Harris included. Continue reading
Andrew Strauss & Peter Moores: into the fire (photo: PA)
After what has been a tormenting and agonising period in world cricket for England, both on and off the field, there’s the slightest glimmer of hope.
Peter Moores, sent packing by the England Cricket Board in the last week, continued to tread on razor-sharp glass shards as each day passed. Continue reading
Forget that there’s a changeover at the top of the chain in May; England will still look like a pack of seagulls fighting over the last delicious hot chip. Except that chip isn’t delicious, and the men in blue aren’t close to setting themselves back on the rails just yet.
Welcome to the Ashes 2015, where the most dangerous issue on the table is whether England’s A-team will turn up in Cardiff for the first test. Continue reading
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ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP: AUSTRALIA v ENGLAND
(Prediction: Australia. Both teams have talent, but Australia is putting it together with consistent performances)
A home ground advantage in sport usually equates to visiting opponents being clinically beaten.
The way the Australians have prepared for the World Cup is ideal. Back atop the ODI rankings, and a very convincing tri-series against England and India means their opponents need to watch out. Continue reading
Ben Rohrer takes a bouncer on the rise against Brisbane (photo: Davis Harrigan)
When the competition was a fledgling hatched from the egg, now all the way back in the 2011-2012 season, the criticism that a city-based team tournament wouldn’t work came from every which way. Geoff Hutchison, writing for ABC show The Drum a little over three years ago, wrote that “At the Big Bash, anything goes. Everything is great; but the cricket was secondary to everything else.”
Everything about it has gone upwards and onwards – not to stardom, but to a level where the fans are breaking ground crowd records, and the overseas imports have been stepped up a level. Continue reading
After winning the toss and electing to bowl on what was a sticky, warm night at Etihad Stadium, the Melbourne Renegades had to endure a painful 20 overs at the hands of the Melbourne Stars.
Cameron White (22) and Luke Wright (39) fired the Stars into a winning position early, and even when White was dismissed off the bowling of young Nick Winter, the damage had already been done, with the Stars run rate above eight an over. Continue reading