Unfortunately, the management of the situation at the time, the Kevin Pietersen drama included, did not allow for the fresh overhaul that the England Cricket Board and on-field team needed. Continue reading
Let’s start off with a figure, and that figure is 714. That’s the number of sixes hit across edition seven of the Indian Premier League, and 60 matches.
This tournament provided one of the greatest spectacles in the history of Twenty20 cricket. From game one between the Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders, the stage was set. Continue reading
There is no doubt that “money talks” in the international sporting world. Unfortunately, to the detriment of the game, it extends beyond this realm, even digging into domestic and local matches and events.
Trying to work international cricket around domestic – and vice versa – does not really work. Why?
For starters, too many matches are crammed within timeframes which leaves players fatigued – and next, they’re jumping to another country for the next tour. International teams rarely come home. Continue reading
I’m talking about the controversial, and at times flawed, Decision Review System (DRS). Since its inception at the top level, the amount of criticism the system has copped has seen India not use it during series, and all manner of other types of howlers have made it look like cricket’s worst nightmare. Continue reading
I don’t envy the job sport referees, umpires and judges have. They must make split second decisions under pressure, and they make them numerous times in a game.
Being able to make these decisions is a burden unto itself. Faced with two teams on the field, the umpire must be the principle instigator of ensuring said teams play the game in a fair and sportsmenlike manner. At times you are faced with player arguments, heated battles and a lot of noise directed towards you.
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 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
There are plenty of words to describe each test, each player, and each moment, but none more so than disappointing. Even travelling with a team that had largely not played in Indians conditions before, Australia was rolled, crushed and decimated over the past month in a way no-one expected.
After omitting four players for the third test against India, including vice-captain Shane Watson, Australia’s shortcomings were laid bare in Mohali. Despite scoring 408 in the first innings and losing significant time to rain delays, India still claimed a six-wicket victory to take an unassailable 3 – 0 lead in the four test series.
James Pattinson, Usman Khawaja, Mitchell Johnson and Watson all felt the knife prior to the match, dropped from selection consideration after failing to submit a presentation to Mickey Arthur regarding what qualities they brought to the team. Australia felt the impact hard.
On paper, the squad was mediocre. Steve Smith and Xavier Doherty aren’t good enough to spin on the international stage. Their impact was minimal, and both were certainly outshone by India’s superior spin attack.
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