From the expertsThe low down from those in the know
Both teams have batted in the First Test between Pakistan and Australia in Dubai. It’s probably fair to say that Pakistan are a wee smidgen on top. Here are the ratings so far.
Australia had put themselves in a position to challenge Pakistan at 0-128 early on day three of the first Test against Pakistan yesterday.
The run out of in-form No.3 batsman Alex Doolan contributed to Australia’s alarming position after three days of the third day of the first Test against Pakistan in Dubai.
Queensland’s two-year reign as domestic one-day cup holders is over, with NSW collecting a nervy two-wicket win with two balls to spare in the preliminary final at Blacktown in Sydney.
A typically aggressive knock of 75 not out from David Warner has given Australia hope of saving the first Test against Pakistan.
“Australia’s attack is rubbish, they can now only lose this Test”. That is a summation of some of the downcast assessments which were floating around during the second session of the first Test against Pakistan in Dubai.
Without a wicket and into his 25th over, Australia’s newest spinner Steve O’Keefe was starting to wonder if it would ever happen.
The Brisbane Heat have told Andrew Flintoff he won’t be cruising on a well-paid Australian holiday in this summer’s Big Bash.
Holders Queensland are hit hard by the loss of top run-scorer Usman Khawaja while Test allrounder Shane Watson makes a timely return for NSW in Friday’s interstate one-day Cup preliminary final.
With no radio coverage in Australia of the Test cricket series against Pakistan, we’ve decided to jump into the breach with a live radio broadcast – just like we did last year in the Australia-India series.
Australian cricket history was made in Dubai yesterday with Mitch Marsh debuting in the baggy green.
Mitch Marsh and Steve O’Keefe made solid yet unremarkable debuts yesterday as Australia bowled admirably but without fortune on day one of the first Test against Pakistan.
Australia feel they have stuck to their task well in the first Test in Dubai, but unless they get wickets early on day two the game could slip beyond their grasp.
Queensland may have claimed a morale-boosting one-run win over one-day cup favourites Western Australia, but it came at a cost with the competition’s leading run-getter Usman Khawaja suffering a suspected broken thumb.
Younis Khan has become the first Pakistan batsman to complete the set of hundreds against all nine other Test-playing nations.
Australian cricket’s strongest states have been assured they won’t lose their top talent to rivals under a proposed draft system to improve talent pathways around the country.
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We are two days into the opening Test between Pakistan and Australia and there is very little to choose between the two sides. You can follow the live blog of the third day of this first Test starting 4 pm AEST.
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My first love in cricket was Graham Yallop. I shrink with embarrassment revealing that, of course, but what the hey?
Pakistan fought back well after being pegged back early to leave the first Test against Australia in balance after the first day’s play. You can follow the live scores and blog of the second day of this first Test starting 5pm AEDT.
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Pakistan finished an energy and brain-sapping (viewers included) first day of the first Test between Australia and Pakistan at 4/219. In many eyes, they were the winners from the first day of the series.
Australia will look to continue their domination over Pakistan on this tour when the two teams meet in the first of two Tests at Dubai, but it remains to be seen whether they can adjust to the spinning tracks in this format of the game.
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With Australia playing Pakistan in a two-Test series starting tonight, I thought I’d look at what the decisive factors are going to be.
The upcoming fourth installment of the Big Bash League is set to be bigger and better than ever.
With the line-up for this week’s first Test against Pakistan still to be confirmed, forgotten allrounder James Faulkner must be wondering if he’s developed an air of invisibility in the presence of national selectors.
Glenn James Maxwell might be relatively new to the ODI side with just 32 games under his belt, and his modest average of 32.80 might not be too intimidating at first sight.
With the first Test against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates just around the corner, I’m going to run you through who should be in the team for the opening match.
Australia and Pakistan are set to play each other in a Test series for the first time in more than four years.
Steve Smith has, in the space of 12 months, gone from obscurity to becoming one of the fixtures in our Test team.
Looking over the squad for the upcoming Test series in the UAE, the composition of the batting line-up strikes me as skewed. It seems as though there is a generation missing from the team, an age period lacking in our batting line-up.
In an interview ahead of South Africa’s three-match ODI series against New Zealand, AB de Villiers said that New Zealand are “one of the favourites” for the 2015 World Cup.
In a potentially fortuitous turn of luck the combination of an originally Ugandan-held tournament, the threat of ebola and some intransigence shown by the USA may very well play into Malaysia’s favour.
The Australian tour of the United Arab Emirates has a rather haphazard feel about it. Scheduled somewhat last minute, in neutral territory, the format has exemplified Australia’s packed calendar.