July 2015

Credit to England, but Australia’s batsmen helped them look good

Australia’s batting was eviscerated by a purposeful and determined England attack on the opening day of the third Test. Led by James Anderson’s Ashes best 6-47, the tourists were humbled – all out 136 from a mere 36.4 overs. It was a massive come down for the Australians who rollicked to a first innings total […]

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Haddin versus Nevill: A quandary for the selectors

It appears that Brad Haddin is ready to resume his role behind the stumps for the third Test at Edgbaston next week. But should he be selected? Nobody would have wished upon anyone the situation that confronted him a few days out from the Lord’s Test when he learned that his young daughter was once […]

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Some things are bigger than sport

Chris Rogers’ Test career may have come to a premature end. The pugnacious left-hander announced ahead of this Ashes series that it would be his last beneath the baggy green. However, a dizzy spell that took effect in the middle of Lord’s some two days after he was struck in the helmet by James Anderson […]

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Chris Rogers does it his way

Chris Rogers is a throwback to another era. He is largely a square peg in a world of round holes. Young batsmen nowadays are schooled in clearing the front leg, going big and expected to display more versatility than a Swiss Army knife. Less than two months from his 38th birthday, you get the feeling […]

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Australia looking for redemption at Lord’s

Was Cardiff a “hiccup” as Australian coach Darren Lehmann believes or the sign of a more significant malady? We will find out over the next few days at the sport’s spiritual home It will be a different looking Australian line-up with wicket-keeper Brad Haddin stepping down due to personal reasons and Peter Nevill making his […]

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Sorry Shane Watson, but you are a liability

Shane Watson got out twice leg before wicket at Cardiff. No surprise I hear you say as throughout his career he has been dismissed in that fashion on average 30 per cent of the time. When you dissect his career further the stats look even more problematic for the remainder of this series. His twin […]

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Clarke versus Cook: Advantage Australia

There is an age old adage in cricket that “catches win matches” and they certainly do. But in order to take the catch there needs to be the right bowler supported by a fieldsman in the right position. And the man charged with getting those combinations right is the captain. In this Ashes series that […]

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My Australian XI for Cardiff

It’s always good fun to play selector, so here we go. With the first Ashes Test at Cardiff to get underway tomorrow night here is my Australian XI. There is no doubt that David Warner will be one half of the opening combination. His last series against West Indies (98 runs at 24) ended the […]

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Sport can provide beauty when it is least expected

Trying to understand life is sometimes a futile pursuit. Yesterday provided another instance. The country awoke to the horrific news that Adelaide Crows coach Phillip Walsh was dead. Many a mind would have immediately recalled the death of another Phillip – Phillip Hughes – in November. Hughes died at the hands of the sport he […]

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It’s time Nick Kyrgios took a does of humility

“I play the sport the way I play it. I’m not going to change.” So said Nick Kyrgios in the wake of his bizarre outburst during his opening round match at Wimbledon. He stated to the assembled media following his straight-sets win over Argentine Diego Schwartzman that when he uttered on court the words, “dirty […]

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