From the expertsThe low down from those in the know
Today’s one-off match against England at Cardiff could appear to be just another throw away T20 match. But, with only just over six months to the World Twenty20, it is a rare chance for Australia to test out their line-up.
The 2015 Ashes series are done and dusted but there is still plenty of important cricket to be played between England and Australia in the next fortnight. It all gets underway with a one-off T20 international where the summer all began at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff.
A 26-year-old, who has fought back from the cricketing wilderness, will make his Australian debut in Monday’s Twenty20 clash with England in Cardiff.
Buoyed by a winter off the drink, new Australian vice-captain David Warner insists he’s not ready to give up playing all three forms of cricket and has declared he’s determined to win a Twenty20 World Cup.
A big winter spent refining his game in the contrasting conditions of India and England has hopeful Australian opener Joe Burns confident of a Test recall.
Australia’s potential Test opening partnership has passed its first audition, with David Warner and Joe Burns smashing a century stand in the one-day victory against Ireland.
Australia are comfortably the best ODI side in the world, having stormed to a World Cup win just months ago. England, meanwhile, are a perennially poor 50-over outfit and were a laughing stock at that tournament.
Australia’s post-Ashes One Day International campaign kicks off with a match against Ireland at the Civil Service Cricket Club in Belfast.
Following Shane Warne’s retirement at the end of the 2006-07 Ashes series, Australian cricket was desperate to find a regular spin bowler.
Australia will field a full-strength line-up for their one-day clash with Ireland with debutant Joe Burns set to open the batting.
An influx of new players, including three uncapped young guns, will ensure there is no Ashes hangover which drifts into Australia’s one-day campaign.
Both Australia and England have one conundrum to solve before their relentless Test schedules gather pace once again.
Over the past five years, Bangladesh have not won a Test against any side other than Zimbabwe. Yet they shape as challenging foes for Australia in the two-Test series starting in just six weeks’ time.
So that’s that. A 2015 Ashes conclusion that leaves us poking around in the same confusion and bemusement as during the opening paragraphs, when the Australian favourites suddenly found themselves being spanked around the wider environs of Cardiff.
Australia won the fifth Ashes Test by an innings and 46 runs. Despite Australian administrators’ best efforts to hastily schedule a sixth Test or have only London-based Tests count in the final tally, England officially won the series 3-2 and therefore regained the Ashes.
What a paradoxical end to a roller coaster series! Did you notice the expressions on the faces of the rival teams at the award presentation on Sunday?
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And so it was. On a typically bleak British summer’s day after two solid years of an insufferably elongated, combined Ashes series – that was all that was written.
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Name a one-day or Twenty20 International you can honestly recall in any level of detail that was outside of an official ICC World Cup tournament?
Although it was a dead rubber, Australia were looking to send a message in the final Test at The Oval.
It’s a special sort of torture trying to enjoy humiliating someone you’ve already lost to.
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