From the expertsThe low down from those in the know
England’s capitulation in the face of aggressive pace bowling at Brisbane has all but ensured Australia will field four frontline quicks for the WACA Test.
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Andy Roberts, a fearsome fast bowler in the formidable West Indies side of the 1970s, was renowned for not talking to opponents on the field.
Declaring the rotation policy dead and buried, Australian cricket coach Darren Lehmann says pace spearhead Ryan Harris won’t be rested from the second Ashes Test.
Centuries to Callum Ferguson and Phillip Hughes have South Australia in control of their Sheffield Shield clash with Victoria at the MCG.
Try as they might to make things tough for England on Saturday, the Chairman’s XI couldn’t quite get on top of Graeme Swann who might have bowled himself back into form.
Ian Bell is putting his hand up to bat at No.3 in Thursday’s Adelaide Test as England seek to set aside the disappointment of their poor performance in Alice Springs.
A couple of years ago, a member of the team my club, Northampton Saints, were playing against received a 12-week suspension for calling an umpire, from a distance of 30 yards, ‘a f***ing cheat.’
Paceman Peter Siddle is confident he can bowl a mountain of overs on a flat Adelaide Oval pitch in the next Ashes Test then be ready to go again in Perth four days later.
Gary Ballance has declared he’s ready to become England’s next African-born Test batsman after scoring a patient 55 in the tour match against a Chairman’s XI.
I did some stand-up gigs recently. They didn’t go particularly well. I didn’t exactly die on stage, but my vital signs were less than robust.
It has been suggested by some Australia should rest Ryan Harris for the Adelaide Test to protect him from being over-bowled in what is expected to be a high-scoring affair on a placid pitch.
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It may not be the traditional Adelaide Oval, but a typical pitch has been promised in the South Australian capital for the second Ashes Test.
England have challenged Australia to keep the Jonathan Trott issue to one side and avoid any on-field banter on the topic in next week’s Adelaide Test.
Australia don’t need two specialist spinners in the second Ashes Test in Adelaide, according to Nathan Lyon, who says he’s learned plenty since last year’s drawn Test with South Africa at the same ground.
First it was anger but now it’s hunger for former Test opener Ed Cowan as he fights to get his spot in the Australian team back.
Reformed batsman Luke Pomersbach has successfully exorcised his personal demons and fought his way into the Queensland side – twice.
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Whenever a player shows signs of potential, we are all quick to call them the next Ricky Ponting or Shane Warne. You would think this is a great compliment, but too often it has been a dark hovering cloud of expectation.
When England arrived here a month and a bit ago, my one concern about them was they may lack hunger for this tour.
After the first Test, news broke Jonathan Trott was suffering personal problems and he has been given praise for standing up for himself.
In the last few days, I have found myself disgusted at the reaction, in some quarters, to Jonathan Trott’s decision to leave the Ashes tour and head home to England to deal with his “stress-related illness”.
Yes, we did it. All the hope and belief that Australians invested in our cricket team actually returned a 381-run demolition of our visitors. And it was beautiful.
Have the tables really turned this far? Was victory for the Australians in the first Test as significant as some make it out to be?
Mitchell Johnson has made a career out of casting unplayable spells on opposition batsmen, then following up with overs that have more extras than the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Mitchell Johnson has polarised Australian cricket fans like no other player over the past decade, with many fans and experts divided into two camps.
Has the Aussie swagger made a timely return? It seems it had gone into Rip Van Winkle mode once the old guard hung up their boots.
Mitchell Johnson is a high risk and high reward type of player. When he bowls well Australia don’t just beat their opponent they knock them out.
‘Dougie’s Chewin’ Gum While Brearley Sucks his Plums.’ This playfully crass bit of wordplay was scrawled on a bed sheet and held aloft at one of the first international cricket matches I attended in the late 70s.
The England number 3 batsman Jonathan Trott has left the Ashes tour with a stress-related illness.
The most surprising thing about the sledging issue is that it is an issue at all. Why people are surprised sledging happens is mystifying.
What a great Test match Brisbane produced. In an era which sees highway wickets produce dour results, it was nice to see a competitive and intriguing battle between bat, ball and personalities.
While I would never encourage gambling nor suggest that anyone who doesn’t gamble should start, I would like to share my reasons for just putting on a sizeable bet that Australia will win 5-0 at 20/1.
After one of the best performances under a baggy green cap all year at the Gabba, it might seem ludicrous to drop Mitchell Johnson for the Adelaide Test. But it should occur to the selectors that it might be a wise decision.