July 2013

Australia must hold firm with top order for third Test

After tantalising at Trent Bridge and being swept aside at Lord’s, Australia must now focus on the third Test at Old Trafford, starting on Thursday. After back-to-back Tests the tourists’ batsmen have had a chance to try and find some form in a three-day outing against Sussex at Hove. On a benign pitch, many of […]

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Never hand over the sole right to invoke DRS to the umpires

One of the biggest talking points of the current Ashes series has been the DRS – its use, its accuracy, its relevance. There have been some puzzling results come out of the third umpire’s cavern thus far with the off-field umpires in the first two Tests – Marais Erasmus and Tony Hill – both creating […]

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Is the Big Bash League to blame for Test plight?

Timing is everything in cricket and the big wigs at Cricket Australia have displayed that theirs is no better than their stuttering top order. As if to try and deflect from the current ineptitude of our Test team, CA decided to come out all guns blazing and announce to the cricket world in the wake […]

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Groundhog day for Australia’s batsmen

Australia showed that the Trent Bridge Test was not an aberration. It got very close to victory at Nottingham but did soon the back of a very ordinary performance from the specialist batsmen. They were equally woeful in their first innings at Lord’s. The second day started poorly for the tourists with the England tail […]

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Clarke responsible for day one position

Australia had a day of extremes on the opening day of the second Test at Lord’s but finds itself in the ascendancy with the hosts 7-289. Play was delayed for 15 minutes as the teams lined up in the front of the iconic members’ grandstand to be introduced to the Queen. Her Majesty left the […]

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It’s all on the line for Australia at Lord’s

Lord’s – the location for the second Ashes Test – is Australia’s most successful English venue with just one defeat sitting alongside 14 victories since 1934. That one loss came on the last Ashes tour in 2009 when Ricky Ponting’s tourists were handed a 115-run defeat. Over the next five days the Ashes are pretty […]

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Australian cricket in more trouble off the field than on

Just over three weeks ago Mickey Arthur sat before the media in England to speak of his sacking as Australian cricket coach. He was his usual outwardly affable and polite self. Whilst he admitted to being “shocked and shattered”, he spoke of his respect for the playing group. Now, on the eve of the crucial […]

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Batting, DRS emerge as Australia’s Achilles heel

The first Test at Trent Bridge was yet another example of why Test cricket will always be the most riveting form of the game. In the end, England proved too good and its victory has them in prime position to retain the Ashes. One more win by the hosts should wrap it up as Australia […]

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Australia’s first Test selections show promising intent

It was a selection that not many saw coming – well not for the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge at least. At 19 years of age and with a mere ten first-class matches behind him, left-arm finger spinner Ashton Agar was handed his baggy green by Glenn McGrath an hour before the start of […]

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Australia can regain the Ashes if …

Australia will start as a significant underdog when the Ashes series gets underway at Trent Bridge on Wednesday. However, like Allan Border’s surprise tourists in 1989, Australia is not without a total hope. To regain the Ashes the team must play smart, disciplined cricket and there are several key areas and individuals that will dictate […]

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