Posts Tagged "Australia cricket"
Jackson Bird could be the decisive factor in the Ashes and is a must in the first Test at Trent Bridge.
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It is either the whiskey clouding my senses or a touch of the seniles kicking in, with me struggling to think of a time in my over 60 years of watching when an Australian team has entered an Ashes series with so much uncertainty attached to it.
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As part of the peanut gallery, it filled me with mixed emotions listening to a recent Cricinfo interview with Australian Chairman of Selectors John Inverarity as bemoaning the rogue influence that T20 culture has had on the standard of Australian batsmanship.
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One of the great things about sport is the endless debates it provokes, especially when it lurches into the ludicrous terrain of the hypothetical. Fans love wasting endless hours arguing about fantasy contests.
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Come the second week of June, Australia will have two entirely different squads in Britain at the same time – and neither of them will be Ashes squads.
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The all-important Ashes tour starts in June. This is April. The last serious match the Australian cricketers played was in March.
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The parallels of the plight of the current Australian cricket team and the fall of the great West Indian cricket side are so alarming it shatters the hope that we will ever return to the top with any gusto ever again, unless of course the rest of the world falls with us.
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I wrote part one of my 2025 cricket wish list in a frenzied state last week when I realised Shane Watson was going to lead the revered baggy greens.
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Recently The Roar forums have seen a plethora of Ashes XIs as fans strive to find a way through the quagmire that Australian cricket has found itself in following the recent drubbing in the subcontinent.
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Where to start with the dog’s breakfast of a performance that Australia dished up in India?
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Of the 16 players to tour India (including Brad Haddin but not Jackson Bird) only five of them make my Ashes squad and the other 11 – enough for a whole team! – are sitting on the couch watching in August.
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There is no doubt the tour of India was an extremely disappointing series from an Australian perspective. Going in, I think most people expected a series loss; but that most matches would be hard fought.
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Australia’s embarrassing and disgraceful tour of India ended with another hiding in the fourth Test. Coming home to Australia will be Australia’s worst ever team since 1877.
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Everyone has had something to say about Australia’s Indian capitulation and now it is my turn. Here are my six rants about the failed series.
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The ignominy of a four-nil loss to India will ring in Australian supporters’ ears for some time.
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In the wake of the capitulation of the Australian Test team in India over the last two months, the national selection panel will have no choice but to drop several players from the squad for the Ashes.
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There is no way to sugar coat it – Australia’s tour of India was an unmitigated disaster. For the first time in over 40 years Australia suffered a 4-nil series defeat.
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The final Test appears evenly poised, which after losing the first three Tests is a pleasant surprise. Moreover, with Australia’s only consistent world class batsman out, the signs before the Test were ominous.
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Nathan Lyon’s third five-wicket haul in his 21-Test career has brought Australia right back into the fourth Test.
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A tough day, a hot day, and the Aussies warmed up vocally and are in this Test match up to their necks.
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