Posts Tagged "Test cricket"

Watching England’s demise at Trent Bridge in the second Test against South Africa, it didn’t require the predicting ability of Nostradamus to see what was coming.

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If you came across a young bloke who wants to break big into the highly esteemed Australian cricket team, what pointers would do you give him?

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A bête noire to almost anyone with a willow in hand hoping to make runs, a bane to the batsmen’s cogitation of illustrious shots they would contemplate in their heads and a bugbear to any opposition – Glenn McGrath was a prodigy that made all the fancy adjectives you could name, a tad too cliché.

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When England announced their supposedly new-look twelve-man squad for the first South Africa Test at Lord’s starting last Thursday, I think it’s fair to say there were some eyebrows raised.

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In any cricket team, from the Australian national side, to the Lindfield U/8 Cs, the best batsman has to be your captain.

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As a passionate cricket fan, I’m disappointed in the current drama unfolding between Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketer’s Association (ACA). As a lover of Australian cricket, I’m disgusted.

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England comprehensively beat South Africa inside four days by 211 runs at Lord’s to go 1-0 up in the four-match series.

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It has gone long enough. It’s time for me to speak up and put an end to this stupid war of words and inaction.

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Kevin Pietersen is set to make his return to English cricket, having started training with County side Surrey ahead of the upcoming domestic season.

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Less than a year ago Peter Nevill shaped as Australia’s long-term Test wicketkeeper, but now he seems to have tumbled down the pecking order ahead of this summer’s Ashes.

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The ICC has announced that Afghanistan and Ireland are now full member nations, which means that they now get Test status.

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Australia may have competed strongly in the Test series in India three months ago but they will be vulnerable in the upcoming two-Test series in Bangladesh without key bowlers Mitchell Starc and Steve O’Keefe.

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Obvious allegiances aside, I have a bit of sympathy for Australia.

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The Roar was started as a website back in 2007 to give a voice to the thousands of people who did not have a voice in expressing their views, opinions and experiences of the issues and events taking place on and off the sporting fields.

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When the Ashes kicks off in earnest on 23rd November at the ‘Gabbatoir’ – as it has become known to the locals following years of Australian dominance over all international visitors to Brisbane – it is likely the Aussies will indeed be favourites.

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The stage is set for the start of the ICC Champions Trophy in England. Some top cricket nations will vie for glory in this glamorous event, but one nation will be conspicuous in its absence.

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By banking on explosive batsmen for the Champions Trophy, which starts next week, Australia have handed heavy responsibility to in-form keeper-batsman Matthew Wade.

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Cricket is a form game, and to get into form you need to be on the field.

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In recent weeks the floated Australian tour of Bangladesh appears to have come to fruition – and this is simply great news for a home side preparing to launch into yet another Ashes campaign.

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In a world where cricket is battling to remain relevant, the Champions Trophy is about to arrive to assist calibrate our minds, values and priorities relating to the great game.

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