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: Why Australia v Pakistan is nothing more than a “warm-up”

Australia celebrate over Pakistan in the 3rd ODI (photo: Getty Images)

Australia celebrate over Pakistan in the 3rd ODI (photo: Getty Images)

The entire series feels as though it is squeezed somewhere in between the start of the Australian season and the wrapping up of the Champions League Twenty20, just to keep the fans engaged.

Of course, this is not the case, and it is proving to be beneficial for a few of the Australian players.  Steve Smith registered his first one-day international century with some superb shots in the first of three matches in the series. Continue reading

Hockey: Our golden hockey Aussies

The picture says it all; the Hockeyroos are jubilant as they head into the final. (Pic: The Fans of Hockey)

The picture says it all; the Hockeyroos are jubilant as they head into the final. (Pic: The Fans of Hockey)

I have always been an interested spectator in every sport, but recently, my passion and knowledge of hockey (in this case, field hockey) has grown rapidly.

Both the Hockeyroos (Australian women) and Kookaburras (Australian men) are going for the gold medals respectively, this weekend, in the 2014 Rabobank Hockey World Cup, over in the Netherlands. Continue reading

Cricket: The Ryobi Cup: Current Rundown

Victorian Bushrangers players celebrate after a wicket in the Ryobi Cup (photo: cricket.com.au)

Victorian Bushrangers players celebrate after a wicket in the Ryobi Cup (photo: cricket.com.au)

Talk to Australian cricket fans this season and they are well divided over the domestic structure.  However, the much more condensed one day competition has its benefits as we get ever closer to the Cricket World Cup.

Playing all 36 games over the space of the month lets two things happen; there is a sole focus on red ball cricket for the majority of the season, and this is a great advantage to those players looking for a spot in the test team. Continue reading

Cricket: World Cup Launch

Cricket World Cup (from Online Sports Directory)

Cricket World Cup (from Online Sports Directory)

Docklands a sea of colour as 2015 Cricket World Cup fixtures announced

(the official launch was held on Tuesday, simultaneously in New Zealand) 

Several hundred people eagerly piled into the Peninsula function centre at Docklands on Tuesday morning, as the International Cricket Council (ICC) prepared to announce the venues, pools and fixtures for the 2015 Cricket World Cup, and officially launch the tournament. Continue reading

Cricket: ICC World Twenty20 Preview: Australia v Pakistan

Aussie pacer Mitchell Starc

Australia’s Super Eight victory against South Africa leaves one more task-Pakistan, tomorrow night at 8pm AEST.  With Shane Watson in scintillating form (234 runs at 78.00) topping both the batting and bowling lists, Australia, ranked 9th coming into the tournament, now sit as possible favourites to take out the trophy.

With Mitchell Starc (6 wickets) and Mike Hussey (45 not out against South Africa) now having some considerable game time under their belts, the Australians will go in with every chance of a semi final berth. Continue reading

Cricket: ICC World Twenty20 Preview: Australia v West Indies

Australia’s second and final group stage match is against the West Indies at midnight September 23 AEST.

For Australia, their seven wicket win over cricketing minnows Ireland will serve as a confidence booster when they face a much tougher West Indies outfit.  With explosive opener Chris Gayle back in the side after a pay dispute, the line-up is looking much more threatening.
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Cricket: World T20: Australia v Ireland review

 Australia’s Twenty20 World Cup campaign has begun with a seven wicket victory over Ireland yesterday.  Shane Watson scored 51 off 30 balls (including three sixes) and grabbed 3-26 with the ball from his four overs in a man of the match performance. Continue reading

Cricket: T20 Preview: Australia v Ireland

Australia’s Twenty20 World Cup campaign will kick off against Ireland at 8.00pm AEST Wednesday September 19th (tonight).

Ranked 9th, one spot above their opponents, Australia’s T20 record has of late been disappointing.  Under new captain George Bailey, their record hasn’t been brilliant.  The team doesn’t have enough T20 experience under their belt, most of them missing domestic tournaments because of international duties.
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Cricket: ICC World Twenty20 Preview

As the Australian summer draws ever closer, the Aussies must overcome their recent series loss to Pakistan in the UAE (and their subsequent rankings drop) and contest the Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka, starting on September 18.

Well off the top of the ICC T20 rankings, with South Africa and England sitting first and second respectively, Australia must progress into the final if it has any chance of pushing itself up the rankings, currently in tenth position, prior to the 3rd T20 against Pakistan to be played on Monday night.
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