Posts Tagged "Test cricket"

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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I’m crackers about Christmas cricket. Last week reports surfaced that Cricket Australia are looking at the prospect of Christmas Eve Big Bash cricket being played in Melbourne – and possibly even Christmas Day Big Bash cricket.

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Chadd Sayers was named Sheffield Shield player of the season this past week, but he’s still well back in the pecking order for an Ashes berth next summer.

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So, Steve O’Keefe became heavily intoxicated, made several stupid, tasteless, and inappropriate comments to various guests at an official Cricket NSW function.

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India versus Australia, 2017 edition, had to be one of the most exciting Test series in recent memory. We were expecting a 0-4 loss. We could have been 2-0 up. We were lucky we didn’t lose 1-3. It was gripping stuff.

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Another Indian tour that got away. That best sums up the feeling right now.

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Is Australia’s performance against India something that should give them confidence leading into this summer’s Ashes?

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David Warner should be dropped from the Australian team if the two-Test tour of Bangladesh goes ahead this August and September.

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