Drawn series, big wins, but England problems still remain

England's situation encapsulated by Gary Ballance (photo: Getty Images)

England‘s situation encapsulated by Gary Ballance (photo: Getty Images)

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

CWC 2015: Australia v England – Aussies set to fire at home

Steve Smith in the ODI Tri-Series (photo: Getty Images)

Steve Smith in the ODI Tri-Series (photo: Getty Images)

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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)

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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

Cricket: One of Big Three coming up short

Cheteshwar Pujara heads to the pavilion as India crumble (photo: ESPN Cricinfo/Getty Images)

Cheteshwar Pujara heads to the pavilion as India crumble (photo: ESPN Cricinfo/Getty Images)

It is extremely difficult – yet so easy – to understand why India is not setting the world on fire.  England trounced them 3-1 in the test series after losing the second test, making them look third-class.

Let’s have a look at India’s numbers in the past 12 months in regards to international matches (Test, ODI and T20I):

26 ODIS (back to the series against Zimbabwe, July-August 2013)

11 Tests (back to the West Indies series in November 2013)

5 Twenty20 Internationals (including 2014 WT20) Continue reading

Cricket: England are being overcooked and then burnt

Alastair Cook's facial expression says it all (photo: The Mirror)

Alastair Cook‘s facial expression says it all (photo: The Mirror)

After a 95 run drubbing at the hands of India, and having not won any of their last 10 Tests, England are searching for answers that should have come six months ago.

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

Cricket: England’s tour from hell is over

Ben Stokes in Perth (Photo: Getty Images)

Ben Stokes in Perth (Photo: Getty Images)

It started before the first test at the Gabba – but in reality audiences tuned in on November 21, 2013.  Never would anyone – even the Australian fans – have picked such an accomplished demolition job of the opposition as the final result. Continue reading

Cricket: The Ashes: Perth Day 3: England disintegrate; Australia inch closer

David Warner celebrates a stunning 100 at Perth (ESPN Cricinfo/Getty Images)

David Warner celebrates a stunning 100 at Perth (ESPN Cricinfo/Getty Images)

If there was ever a time to say “I’ll fight”, it was at the start of Day Three at Perth. England, starting the day 205 runs behind and six wickets in hand, had the biggest chance of the series to grab a small victory to force Australia to play a new hand. Continue reading

Cricket: The Ashes: Adelaide Day 3: Johnson firepower destroys England

Mitchell Johnson celebrates  dismissing Stuart Broad on Day 3 @ Adelaide (ESPN Cricinfo/Getty Images)

Mitchell Johnson celebrates dismissing Stuart Broad on Day 3 @ Adelaide (ESPN Cricinfo/Getty Images)

Test cricket is the pinnacle of the three international formats, and today at the Adelaide Oval showed just why.

It was the Mitchell Johnson show, as the left-armer made England shudder in their boots.  Continue reading

Cricket: The Ashes: Adelaide Day 1: the upper hand lies with England, just

Michael Clarke, not out after Day 1 (source: ESPN Cricinfo/Getty Images)

Michael Clarke, not out after Day 1 (source: ESPN Cricinfo/Getty Images)

On a pitch that offered little to the bowlers and plenty to the batsmen, Australia won the toss, and to no surprise, elected to bat first on the first day of the Ashes test in Adelaide. Continue reading

Cricket: The Ashes: First the mockery, then the sledging; now the ground?

Ashes Promo banner (source: BetPal)

Ashes Promo banner (source: BetPal)

I don’t want to be one for calling out names, or the media, but there comes a moment when you have to ask how far is too far – especially when it comes to the Spirit of Cricket.

England, in a sense, has been caught off guard with the powerful response from Australian fans after their victory in the 2013 UK Ashes tour. Continue reading

Cricket: The Ashes: England mesmerised by shining Australian outfit

The Australians celebrate their first test victory (Source: ESPN Cricinfo/Getty Images)

The Australians celebrate their first test victory (Source: ESPN Cricinfo/Getty Images)

What was hyped as a dogged test match between two old enemies turned out to be the polar opposite; domination from Australia, and capitulation from England, on a terrific Gabba pitch.

Having come into the opening test with a batting line-up that had the critics wondering, Australia took the match by storm with an impressive 381 run win. Continue reading