Posts Tagged "Test cricket"

Australia’s two-Test series of Bangladesh is only their second tour of the country since the latter gained Test status in 2000.

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It sometimes seems every five years or so some people involved in cricket try to blow up the sport, whether it’s World Series Cricket, or the South African rebel tours, or Shane Warne feeling bored, or matchfixers, or the IPL, or literally in the case of terrorists in Pakistan.

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A hattrick is rare in Test cricket. However an even more rare feat is scoring a 300. In the over 2000 Test matches played there have been 43 hattricks, but only 30 occasions on which a player has crossed 300.

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Australia’s male cricketers ended their contractual standoff with Cricket Australia recently, swapping pickets for wickets in a three-day warm-up game in Darwin ahead of the tour of Bangladesh.

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Bangladesh are a genuine chance of upsetting Australia in the two-Test series which starts on Sunday, but such a boilover will rest heavily on the shoulders of four players.

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In around three months’ time on the first day of the Ashes series at the Gabba, you can be confident, barring injuries, that Australia’s top five in batting order will be David Warner, Matt Renshaw, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith and Peter Handscomb.

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It may not be the sun-drenched climes of Adelaide, Dubai or Brisbane but this week the infant that is day-night Test cricket arrives in Birmingham.

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David Warner has passed a concussion test following a painful bouncer blow to the neck during Australia’s intra-squad game in Darwin.

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For a brief moment, we faced the nightmare of a summer without a ball being bowled, such was the acrimony in the cricket pay dispute.

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England have secured a 3-1 victory over South Africa at home. Great result, right? Well, sort of.

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England’s Jimmy Anderson could join Test cricket’s exclusive 500-wicket club during the upcoming three-Test series against the West Indies.

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England have the right balance to beat Australia in this summer’s Ashes series, according to South African captain Faf du Plessis.

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Australia risk an embarrassing slide down the Test rankings if they’re unable to conquer Bangladesh in the upcoming two-match series.

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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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It was the 100th Test at The Oval and England’s bearded spinner, Moeen Ali, made it even more historic by taking the venue’s first hat-trick.

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August 2, 2017, marks 14 years since Graeme Smith’s 259 at the Home of Cricket. This was in the second Test match against England, after making 277 in the first.

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Sri Lanka first met India in a Test match some 35 years ago. during the autumn of 1982. The venue was Madras, or Chennai as it is known now.

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Watching England’s demise at Trent Bridge in the second Test against South Africa, it didn’t require the predicting ability of Nostradamus to see what was coming.

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If you came across a young bloke who wants to break big into the highly esteemed Australian cricket team, what pointers would do you give him?

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A bête noire to almost anyone with a willow in hand hoping to make runs, a bane to the batsmen’s cogitation of illustrious shots they would contemplate in their heads and a bugbear to any opposition – Glenn McGrath was a prodigy that made all the fancy adjectives you could name, a tad too cliché.

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