Posts Tagged "Test cricket"

If we rewind to early November, a pragmatic and sober English mind should have been hoping to head to Sydney no worse than 2-1 down, which could have occurred along the following lines:

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Fast, bouncy, exciting. These are the characteristics that have for years typified an Australian cricket wicket with epic contests between bat and ball the overall result.

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Joe Burns should replace Cameron Bancroft as Australian Test opener, with Chris Tremain picked as a back-up quick ahead of Chadd Sayers for next month’s Test tour of South Africa.

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As the offensively scalding January sun sets on another Ashes series in the great southern land, the Australian sporting public received the best Christmas gift of all – a crushing four-nil defeat over England.

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Cricket greats and current stars have told the ICC to take the financial challenge up to lucrative Twenty20 leagues for the preservation of the Test game.

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England fought harder in this Ashes than they did during their 5-0 humiliation five years ago, but what this series exposed is their awful lack of bowling options.

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Once a compelling and anticipated cinematic masterpiece, the Ashes is currently a predictable 83-minute comedy.

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Following Australia’s 4-0 thumping of England in the Ashes, here are my player ratings from the five-Test series.

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Mitch Marsh had a pretty good Christmas and New Year period. Seemingly a long way from the Test squad when it was first announced, and still pretty long odds the day before he was eventually recalled, his picture now sits under the definition of ‘making every post a winner’.

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Before the Ashes began, I wrote an article focusing on James Anderson’s poor record in Australia, compared with his excellent career record.

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Despite Australia’s 4-0 Ashes victory over England, there should still be a number of changes for the upcoming tour of South Africa.

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Australia have clambered above England into third spot on the International Cricket Council’s Test rankings, now they will seek to claim South Africa’s place with a series win over the Proteas.

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The Ashes are done, Australia winning the final Test by an innings and a bout of Joe Root gastroenteritis to take the series 4-0.

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Australia has ended the 2017-18 Ashes series in dominant fashion, pummeling the Poms by a innings and 123 runs at the SCG.

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Shaun Marsh and Mitch Marsh together have made 669 runs at an average of 96 in this Ashes.

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English cricket star Kevin Pietersen has announced his impending retirement, saying his playing career will be over by the end of this year.

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Shaun Marsh could have been forgiven for thinking his Test career was over two months ago, but will now end the Ashes as Australia’s most consistent batsman outside of Steve Smith.

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Led by an unbeaten innings of 91 from Usman Khawaja, Australia finished Day 2 in a strong position as England’s desperate search for wickets continues. Join The Roar for live scores from 10:30am (AEDT).

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Usman Khawaja’s spot in the Australian team appears safe after he scored his first Test century in more than a year.

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If Australia could have wished for anything other than a win to come from the fifth Ashes match, it surely would have been a return to form for Usman Khawaja. They received just that yesterday, as the number three played his best Test innings of the past 12 months.

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