December 2013


England is officially a rabble

England has plummeted to a depth that would make the world’s greatest speleologist proud. Incredibly, after successive losses to the tune of 381, 218 and 150 runs in this series, England found a way to perform still worse. For the only time in this campaign the tourists were in front at the halfway point – […]

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VIDEO: Wrapping up the fourth Ashes Test at the MCG

Australia’s dominance of the current Ashes series shows no signs of abating with fourth consecutive crushing defeat of England. The eight-wicket victory keeps Australia on track for a historic 5-nil series sweep.

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Is Craig McDermott on the money about our bowling attack?

Australia’s fast bowling coach Craig McDermott made a big call the other day when he said, “I think we’ve got the best attack in the world”. No doubt many South Africans would have pricked their ears up. McDermott’s theory will be put to the ultimate head-to-head test in February when Michael Clarke’s team takes on […]

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Off-spinners’ graveyard claims Graeme Swann

Just a few months ago Graeme Swann was a key figure in England’s 3-0 Ashes win over Australia. As the series’ leading wicket-taker – 26 at 29.0 – he was a major architect in Australia’s demise. Along with his teammates he arrived on our shores seeking his country’s fourth consecutive Ashes series win. Most saw […]

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VIDEO: Wrapping the third Ashes Test at the WACA Ground

Australia’s 150-run win at Perth saw Michael Clarke’s team regain The Ashes.

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Australia’s quicks have been superb throughout the Ashes

Australia’s three pace amigos – Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle – have been nothing short of superb in this series. They have been all over the England batsmen to the point that they have garnered a significant psychological advantage even before they walk through the gate. Nowadays we hear constantly about teams ‘executing […]

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As a Test player, Shane Watson is a myth

Shane Watson’s mind is pickled. His dismissal in Australia’s first innings (18) at the WACA Ground was yet another example of a man who is pre-occupied with too many thoughts when the bowler releases the ball. The England bowlers were all over him in the previous series where a severe technical flaw had him in […]

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If England is fair dinkum, now is the time to show it

So far, given its number two status in the world rankings, England has been insipid. If it does not fire up at the WACA Ground it will again be swept aside by a team that most felt, prior to this series, would struggle. The tourists have been totally outplayed across the opening two Tests which […]

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VIDEO: Previewing the third Ashes Test at the WACA Ground

After resounding wins at both Brisbane and Adelaide, Australia has the chance to regain the Ashes in the third Test at Perth.

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England on a slippery slope to a 5-0 result

England’s Ashes campaign is in tatters. Surely in a week’s time the little urn will have traded hands with the next Test at the WACA Ground getting underway on Friday. But just how bad could this series become for England? Tellingly, former Ashes winning skipper Michael Vaughan stated today that England could be staring down […]

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