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Australia beware, the Windies have tasted flesh and appear hungry to take on Michael Clarke’s men next month.
Jason Gillespie has turned down offers to coach South Australia, but soon may get the chance to coach England.
We are set for a classic Ashes series in England. While it almost certainly won’t be as lofty in standard as the epic 2005 contest, I think it may well be just as closely fought.
West Indies, set 192 for a series-levelling victory in the third Test against England, reached tea on the third day struggling on 70 for three at Kensington Oval in Barbados.
Cricket Australia have dismissed as “highly speculative” reports that Michael Clarke and David Warner could be offered $50 million contracts to play for an Indian-financed rebel league.
Goodness, but this is getting tiresome. The news that an Indian billionaire is planning to lure cricketing stars to a rebel organisation brings on a depressing bout of deja vu.
Cricket Australia released a statement today remarking on the rumoured rebel cricket league being set up around the world.
In its pomp the West Indies made targeting the opposition captain an art form. More than any other batsman in the opposing line-up, it was the skipper who felt the physical might of the Windies pace attack.
Steve Smith has delivered a verbal blow to England’s rediscovered confidence, saying they won’t “come close” to winning The Ashes based on both teams’ current form.
Somewhere in my attic, among the bags of old clothes and Christmas decorations, is a box of video cassettes.
The decline of West Indian Test cricket has been as much a result of poor attitude as a lack of talent.
A comment on my piece from last week, followed by events in Antigua a few days later, provided the stimulus for what’s to follow.
Australia’s next two Test opponents, the West Indies and England, are battling in the Caribbean. This is what I learnt about these sides from the first Test, which ended in a draw on Saturday.
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Liam Livingstone has smashed all batting records known to man to lead his Nantwich side to a mammoth score of 7/579 in just 45 overs in a club match in England against Caldy.
Fast bowler Jimmy Anderson broke England’s Test wicket-taking record in Antigua overnight, in a double celebration.
On Australia’s upcoming Test tour, the West Indian pitches will offer plenty to spinners. This also looks to be a distinct possibility in the following Ashes series.
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Twenty one balls to get off the mark. Dropped on 27. A grinding, patient half century off 142 balls in bowler friendly conditions.
Joe Root, the young man from Yorkshire, is slowly but surely looking the real deal for England in all three formats of cricket.
In my 21 years I’ve been lucky enough to watch a few greats of the game grace the cricket field.
Some serious questions must be asked about whether Michael Clarke signing on for the Melbourne Stars for the next two years is really a good move.
In the second Test against the West Indies, England will face a leg spinner in a Test match for the first time since Steve Smith’s part-time offerings in the 2013-14 Ashes.
It may have gone unnoticed to casual observers during the World Cup, but Jason Holder can bat.
As the unravelling of English cricket continues on a global level, the new state of affairs has started to somewhat feel inevitable. The country that invented the game is spiralling downward.
They were born almost 60 years apart, yet died within months of each other, both at the hands of the game they loved: one felled by a ball, the other by the long-term effects of not wearing a hat.
The legendary Richie Benaud, who passed away aged 84 on April 10, was one of the most influential figures in post-war cricket. He was a champion leg-spinner, an inspirational captain, an eminent writer and arguably the finest commentator of our time.
Leigh Matthews was once described as having ‘no natural predators’ in Aussie Rules. The same description could be applied to Richie Benaud.
In the mid to late 1970s, the sound of summer for many young teens was Sherbert, Skyhooks, and a little later The Angels and Australian Crawl.
The game speaks of eternal beginnings – and never endings. Cricket, by its very creation, suggests time aplenty, with kept fields, ponderous sessions and tea breaks.
As the sun rises today over Coogee’s Wedding Cake Island, this nation will be one soul less. One icon less. One legend less. One very nice fella less.
The cricketing world and Australia lost a true legend as Richie Benaud passed away in his sleep, aged 84.
Put the flags at half-mast. Today is a sad day.
Richard Benaud has passed away aged 84 in his sleep overnight in Sydney.