Posts Tagged "Test cricket"

It’s time Cricket Australia gave the national selectors the recognition and the pay they deserve, but in the process make sure the panel is high quality.

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The Aussies have been strong for most of the Ashes so far, with their biggest failure being the second dig of the day-night Test at Adelaide – the 138 runs scored being the lowest innings score of the series.

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We are two Tests into the Ashes series. Here’s my profile of the Aussie batting lineup.

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Jonny Bairstow believes he was “stitched up” by Australia over his ‘headbutt’ greeting for Cameron Bancroft – which he describes simply as a case of “boys being boys”.

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Australia’s cricketers and apparently England’s cricketers – and when Australia plays India, South Africa, New Zealand, all of them, their cricketers, too – appear cool for their on-field ‘banter’ and sledging and yapping to one another to remain out there on the field.

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The Australian cricket team is currently up 2-0 in the Ashes, while the Australian bowling line-up has been outstanding, the the batting line up has been shaky at times.

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“I was a little bit nervous. On another day I might decide to go another way, but we’ve won the Test match, so it’s irrelevant.”

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Cricket, even in the varying forms and lengths that it comes these days, is a sport like few others. Yes, there are other sports that place more physical exertion on the body, and even those that put more mental strain on the mind.

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The theory that the 2001 Kolkata Test influences Australian captains regarding the follow-on is baseless and makes no sense.

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Mitch Marsh has been rushed into Australia’s 13-man squad for the third Ashes Test, with the allrounder in the mix to play alongside his brother on their home deck.

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The first two Tests at the Gabba and Adelaide have both been sporting spectacles, the intensity and balance of the second Test leading into Day 5 brought an aura that had been missed in recent times.

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The Australian Test cricket side needs to address its petulant on-field behaviour before another series is tarnished.

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Day 4 of the second Ashes Test could prove critical as England desperately fight to get back into the series and Australia aim to hammer another nail into the coffin. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 2pm (AEDT).

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England may have been denied the presence of their talismanic all-rounder Ben Stokes in this Ashes series, but it is the lack of input from their two best batsmen which has crueled them.

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As David Warner and Cameron Bancroft ran off the field when England was dismissed for 227, Steve Smith obviously wasn’t going to enforce the follow on.

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Glenn Maxwell fought tooth and nail to hold his place in Australia’s Test side but he admits the man who replaced him at No.6 thoroughly deserves his spot.

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Steve Smith could regret deciding not to enforce the follow-on after England ripped through Australia’s top-order in Adelaide.

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Day 3 of the second Ashes Test could tell us whether England have any chance of retaining the urn, as Australia look to build on a huge first innings score. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 2pm (AEDT).

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The lead-up to this summer’s Ashes series was relatively subdued compared to previous encounters, when the sledging, mind games and banter have usually began well in advance of the opening Test of the series.

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Shaun Marsh batted brilliantly to take Australia to what could be a match-winning total in Adelaide, while Tim Paine’s positivity took the game away from England. Still, it doesn’t mean their selections were right.

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