Cricket: Champions Trophy campaign over, fragile Australia looking to Ashes

David Warner, 2012, currently out of favour with the Aussie side (photo mine)

David Warner, 2012, currently out of favour with the Aussie side (photo mine)

What is currently going right with the Australian team?

The answer is, not much.  And with the Ashes less than three weeks away, questions are burning hot as to whether the squad will be up to the challenge against England.

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: India v Australia: Test Series Analysis and Review

Michael Clarke & MS Dhoni pose w/ the Border-Gavaskar Trophy (from

Michael Clarke & MS Dhoni pose w/ the Border-Gavaskar Trophy

Australia was thrown a curveball from the moment they stepped on to the sub-continent in February.  In the end that curveball proved to be the side’s ultimate downfall.

Batting and bowling failures alike culminated in a shocking (and at times horrifying) 4-0 series loss to India.

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.
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Cricket: India the proving ground for Ashes

Glenn Maxwell v Sydney Thunder, Jan 8, 2013 (photo  mine)

Glenn Maxwell v Sydney Thunder, Jan 8, 2013 (photo mine)

India.  The dustbowls.  Home of the raging turner or the swinging sensation.

Also the proving ground for a host of Australian players before the Ashes series in England in July.

Questions will include; do both spinners get played, which pacemen get the gig, and who is going to open the batting?

Nathan Lyon will relish the challenge of really getting the chance to prove why he is Australia’s number one spinner.  Michael Clarke returns to the country where he burst onto the test scene in 2004.

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.

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Cricket: Australia v South Africa: Third Test Preview

Peter Siddle in Adelaide (photo from

Attention turns to the WACA on Friday as the third and final test between Australia and South Africa gets underway.

It has been a test of endurance and fitness this series, as bowlers and batters alike have toiled in the middle for hours on end.

For the Australians, the side injury to James Pattinson is a bitter blow for both the paceman and the Australian team.  After being injured last summer, Pattinson will once again sit on the sidelines for the majority of Australia’s summer campaign.

Here’s a look at the areas for both teams in which could prove vital in Perth:

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Cricket: First Test Preview: Australia v South Africa

Ben Hilfenhaus-2010

The Gabba will be the first battleground for the Australians during their 2012-2013 home summer.  First opponent: South Africa.

The Proteas have begun the fiery banter, throwing several wild shots at the Australian team.  Some say the Aussies aren’t ready for the strong pace attack that is Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander.  I say they’re wrong, and we won’t know the answer until the two teams clash starting the 9th of November.

On to the match now, and it looks as though there were will be plenty of fierce battles fought.  Let’s take a look: Continue reading

Cricket: Australian domestic season in full swing

Phil Hughes batting against Queensland, Ryobi Cup (sourced from

The Australian domestic cricket season has been in full swing since mid-September, and there’s been plenty of action between the states.

New South Wales, Western Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia have all registered wins in the one-day format, while Queensland must wait until November 14th to have another crack at victory.

Over in the four-day comp, Victoria has snared two victories from both outings so far, its next match starting tomorrow (October 23rd) against Tasmania at the MCG.  New South Wales, Queensland and Tasmania also have wins on the board.
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