Posts Tagged "Test cricket"

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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The Ashes build-up has started in earnest but construction work in Perth is yet to finish, with Cricket Australia still mulling the venue for this summer’s third Test.

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Glenn Maxwell won’t play for NSW this year as he attempts to nail down a spot in Australia’s Test XI during the Ashes.

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Pff, you know the saying, ‘You can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family’? Tell me about it!

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Australian cricketers have rejected a pay offer, but their governing body is . confident a new five-year deal with will be completed by the June 30 deadline.

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It’s been a while since I experienced the old familiar feeling of wishing Brian Lara would piss off.

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I write overlooking the University main oval. Despite being washed in sunlight, the undeniable scent of deep heat and dried mud hints at the fact that the football season has begun.

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It is fair to say that Australian batsmen Usman Khawaja has had an unlucky run in the Australian team since the start of this year.

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Steve Smith’s incredible last few seasons have him threatening to displace Greg Chappell and Ricky Ponting as the next best Aussie batsman since Don Bradman.

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The many coloured inks of the 18 signatures on the Australian ‘team sheet’ have long dried. The signatories have all passed on but for the youngest member of the side.

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