Posts Tagged "Ashes"

Matthew Wade’s Ashes spot hangs by a thread after he conceded a whopping 30 byes and failed with the bat in the first Test against Bangladesh. But Australia’s wicket keeping stocks are worryingly low, with no strong alternative.

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West Indies’ Australian coach Stuart Law has lauded his side’s remarkable turnaround to beat England by five wickets at Headingley.

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It is amazing the amount of column inches and airtime that has been spent on the dispute between the Cricket Australia (CA) and the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA). Tours cancelled with others in doubt, including the Ashes.

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

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One of my biggest bugbears is the fascination with the Ashes.

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I’ll be honest: even to me as a South African Kevin Pietersen was a bit off as a commentator in the recent Test series.

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It’s official: for the first time, Australia and England will face each other in a day-night Test match in next summer’s Ashes series.

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Next year’s Adelaide Test is set to become the first ever day-night Ashes Test, with England reportedly agreeing to play the fixture under lights with the pink ball.

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Darren Lehmann has identified four big goals he wants to tick off after extending his contract as Australia’s cricket coach.

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If I’m reading the schedule correctly, the next time Australia face England in the Ashes is in 18 months.

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It has been referenced before but it still sits as the ideal starting point for what is about to follow.

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Australian Test captains Warwick Windridge Armstrong (Big Ship), Ricky Ponting (Punter) and Michael Clarke (Pup) are the only three leaders in Test history to oversee a 5-0 Ashes win for Australia.

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“Just pick the best 11 players to win the next Test. Forget about their age or the future”. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve heard cricket fans make this short-sighted statement about the Australian Test team.

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My favourite Mitchell Johnson memory comes when he didn’t allow himself to think negatively. It was the day he presented the new Johnson, where, despite an expensive start, he broke an England-dominated Ashes world.

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Unapologetic paceman Jimmy Anderson has admitted England doctored pitches during their Ashes upset – and called for more of it in the future.

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Veteran Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has confirmed his retirement from Test cricket.

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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.

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Chris Rogers looks nothing like an athlete. Short, red-headed, freckled, bespectacled, colour-blind, waddling to the crease smothered in protective gear and zinc cream as though an over-protective parent had just packed him off to the playground shielded from all conceivable harm.

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Ten months ago, Australian spinner Nathan Lyon’s was clinging to his Test spot after once again struggling in foreign conditions, this time against Pakistan in the UAE.

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