From the expertsThe low down from those in the know
James Faulkner prides himself on being the man for the big moments, and the tenacious bowling allrounder says he’s primed to make a difference for Australia in the Ashes.
Completely written off by Sir Ian Botham among others, Australia have found an unlikely champion for their Ashes prospects in South African captain AB de Villiers.
Australia are determined to get off to a flyer in the Champions Trophy against England on Saturday, and take the pressure off captain Michael Clarke in his recovery from a back problem.
Pakistan-born leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed’s qualification to represent Australia has been a mini version of that which surrounded Zimbabwean-born Graeme Hick’s qualification to represent his adopted England in 1991.
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Michael Clarke’s teammates say they’ll need to flick a switch and forget about their injured skipper if he’s ruled out of Australia’s Champions Trophy opener against England on Saturday.
New Zealand cricket coach Mike Hesson has insisted his side can cope without veteran bowler Daniel Vettori as they bid to win the Champions Trophy tournament in Britain.
Former Pakistani asylum seeker Fawad Ahmed says his journey to Australia has been all about survival and the chance to push for Ashes selection is simply amazing.
From when I first took up cricket, and even tennis, my goal from a young age was to represent Australia by playing at the highest level.
The news could not have been any bleaker for Australia upon its arrival in England with the fact that skipper Michael Clarke has again had a flare up of his back complaint.
I realise it was only a practice game in Cardiff on Tuesday. And skipper Michael Clarke was not playing. But a loss of 243 runs to India with 26.3 overs remaining in a 50-over match is a huge worry.
Shane Warne believes Pakistani-born legspinner Fawad Ahmed can become an unlikely Ashes hero for Australia in England.
Never mind the Champions Trophy, Australia’s Ashes campaign could rest in English hands treating injured captain Michael Clarke.
The Roar of the crowdYour sports opinion. Write your own article
There is little doubt that the modern age of Test cricket has seen the game become so in favour of the batsmen. You see this not only through the observation of your eyes, but also with the support of figures.
OK, from the dizzy heights of the ‘G’ and ‘H’ teams, we are now stepping back into the third division – the all-time ‘I’ XI (from a total of 35 ‘Is’ to have played Test cricket).
From the moment that Punter and Huss stepped out of the national setup, the most significant issue the Australian team is battling with is the lack of depth of batting talent.
The sun has been out twice this week in England. Once for three days, the other for four.
As far back as I can remember, I’ve consumed an unhealthy diet of watching too much sport. I find myself sometimes not immersed with the action on the television screen but subconsciously drifting into the realm of fantasy and hypothetical.
It seemed almost surreal that the ‘pair’ that Matt Prior scored in the recent Test against New Zealand at Lord’s was the act that convinced me that he is the best current player in Test cricket.
During the horrid time that was the Australian Test tour of India, I joked to a friend that I had realised the solution to our once great team’s batting issues.
The tour of India should be well behind them now and with a change in locale and format, Australia should enter their second warm-up game in the 2013 Champions Trophy against India with a lot more confidence. We’ll have live scores and commentary from 7.30pm AEST.
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Australia’s recent Test tour to India once again highlighted the confusing role of the head coach currently occupied by Mickey Arthur.
‘Stop-gap’ is such an ugly word in both its sound and connotation, with it pointing to the fact you have settled on something short term that is ok, because nothing better was on offer.
The spot fixing controversies overshadowed the Mumbai Indians finally winning the IPL crown, with their triumph as forgotten as the role Ricky Ponting played in it.
Peter Siddle is presently ranked number five in the world on the ICC rankings (on the same rankings Graeme Swann is ranked six and Jimmy Anderson is ranked seven) and the national selection panel will most likely pick him for the first Ashes Test.
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