Posts Tagged "Test cricket"
Cricket Australia is the Melbourne Football Club of world cricket. While this might not be strictly true when it comes to results on the field, with each new off-field incident it’s becoming clearer there is a cancer within.
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With some of the composite teams coming up, we are now past the half way mark of this marathon. To date, the B Team and the H Team are the stand outs and it’s fair to say that they won’t be challenged by the K Team.
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Whether you view David Warner’s path to international cricket as being progressive, eccentric or flawed, you may be of the opinion that his withdrawal from it might be slightly irregular as well.
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One of the key tenets of any business is to grow your client base. The same principal should automatically apply to elite level sport.
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During Australia’s opening match in the ICC Champions Trophy, BBC commentator Jonathon Agnew stated on air how Shane Watson looks were slowly catching up to his age.
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The Sheffield Shield, in the 1990s and early 2000s, was the best domestic cricket competition in the world.
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Completely written off by Sir Ian Botham among others, Australia have found an unlikely champion for their Ashes prospects in South African captain AB de Villiers.
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It’s been a long journey for the ‘Prince’ Phil Hughes in terms of an education at the highest level.
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With all the hype over Fawad Ahmed’s impending citizenship and seemingly certain addition to the Ashes squad, it appears many pundits already have his name pencilled in the XI for the first Test at Trent Bridge.
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There is little doubt that the modern age of Test cricket has seen the game become so in favour of the batsmen. You see this not only through the observation of your eyes, but also with the support of figures.
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OK, from the dizzy heights of the ‘G’ and ‘H’ teams, we are now stepping back into the third division – the all-time ‘I’ XI (from a total of 35 ‘Is’ to have played Test cricket).
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From the moment that Punter and Huss stepped out of the national setup, the most significant issue the Australian team is battling with is the lack of depth of batting talent.
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The sun has been out twice this week in England. Once for three days, the other for four.
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It seemed almost surreal that the ‘pair’ that Matt Prior scored in the recent Test against New Zealand at Lord’s was the act that convinced me that he is the best current player in Test cricket.
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Australia’s recent Test tour to India once again highlighted the confusing role of the head coach currently occupied by Mickey Arthur.
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‘Stop-gap’ is such an ugly word in both its sound and connotation, with it pointing to the fact you have settled on something short term that is ok, because nothing better was on offer.
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Peter Siddle is presently ranked number five in the world on the ICC rankings (on the same rankings Graeme Swann is ranked six and Jimmy Anderson is ranked seven) and the national selection panel will most likely pick him for the first Ashes Test.
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A lot has been said about the current Australian cricket team, so let’s look at what the future of Australian holds.
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Can I just say that I like Ed Cowan as a person?
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We are now moving on to one of the real heavyweight teams which a number of high quality players aren’t able to make. My all-time H team:
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