From the expertsThe low down from those in the know
Australia entered the Champions Trophy as the titleholder and bowed out without a whimper. It now has three weeks ahead of the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge on 10 July to try and turn around the nation’s cricketing fortunes.
Some dire predictions have been made recently regarding Michael Clarke’s long-term future in cricket but the Australian captain says he doesn’t believe his degenerative back condition is getting closer to requiring a serious operation.
Phil Hughes needs time in the middle leading into the Ashes after a dismal Champions Trophy campaign.
South Africa cricket coach Gary Kirsten admitted his team deserved the tag of chokers after crashing to a seven-wicket defeat by England in the Champions Trophy semi-final on Wednesday.
Pakistan-born spinner Fawad Ahmed is being sent to Africa on an Australia A tour at the same time as the Ashes series.
Cricket Australia has rejected suggestions from the Nine Network that the broadcaster could have input into team selections over the summer.
A 15-man Australia A squad for the upcoming Tour of Africa in July and August has been announced.
Australia’s troubled Ashes buildup has taken another confidence-sapping hit with the Champions Trophy defence ending in disappointment.
John Inverarity admits Australia’s current players have more distractions off the field than in years gone by, but doesn’t believe modern day cricketers are more difficult to coach.
Australia’s bid for a third straight Champions Trophy title has ended in disappointment and their Ashes preparations further damaged, after succumbing to a dramatic 20-run defeat against Sri Lanka at The Oval.
John Inverarity, Australia’s chairman of selectors, indicated on Monday that Pakistan-born leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed could yet be called into the Ashes squad.
Cricket Australia is the Melbourne Football Club of world cricket. While this might not be strictly true when it comes to results on the field, with each new off-field incident it’s becoming clearer there is a cancer within.
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As a cricket fanatic, I am of course pleased to hear that Channel Nine will be screening every Test of the upcoming Ashes Tour of England live on its digital arm.
The one thing that stood out in your mind from Australia’s Champions Trophy defeat to Sri Lanka was Michael Clarke’s reaction to the embarrassing George Bailey run out.
When Australians speak of failed captains, the name of Kim Hughes always comes up, fairly or not.
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As Dinesh Ramdin insouciantly rolled the ball towards the square leg umpire and ran to the centre of the pitch to join his teammates to celebrate the dismissal of Misbah-ul-Haq in their recent Champions Trophy game against Pakistan, he opened the Pandora’s box of honesty in cricket at the highest level.
For sports writers, it’s been one of those weeks. It’s only Tuesday and yet, already, the sheer number of news stories flowing in are starting to pile up.
The best eight ODI teams in world cricket, and fifteen games to decide who is the best of the best – the 2013 ICC Champions trophy in a nutshell.
With some of the composite teams coming up, we are now past the half way mark of this marathon. To date, the B Team and the H Team are the stand outs and it’s fair to say that they won’t be challenged by the K Team.
Both Australia and Sri Lanka will be gunning for a win when they play in their respective third game of the Champions Trophy 2013 on Monday. We’ll have live scores of this match from the Oval starting at 9.55 pm AEST.
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He is an emerging cricketer from South India, and is loved by everyone – the team-mates, manager, staff, and millions of fans. He is cool and contented, and his temperament is reminiscent of the veteran Anil Kumble.
As expected the Champions Trophy 2013 has provided lots of spell-binding action, and we are now set for four more exciting games before we get to the semi-finals round.
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