LBW cricket furore; the controversy will never end

e41750i_batting_pads

This is the item of equipment in question for LBW (Google Images)

Umpires have, quite possibly, a more demanding job than the players on the field.  They wear black pants, white long sleeve shirts, and more often than not are standing still, not moving around like the batsmen and fielders. Continue reading

Cricket: The Ashes: when will the calamity end?

Shane Watson - where to now (photo mine)

Shane Watson – where to now (photo mine)

Carnage. Probably a very apt word to describe what went on during the second Ashes test at Lord’s.

The runs are not coming, the wickets are few and far between – and then along come England, the squad merrily making its way towards its third straight Ashes series victory.

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: 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