Posts Tagged "The Ashes"
Want to win the Ashes? Firstly, don’t play Ed Cowan. He is not good enough.
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I, along with many other Aussies, spent our autumn afternoons watching what was a disappointing showing by Australia in India.
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Today Australian Cricket Captain Michael Clarke, along with the rest of the squad to tour England, departed on their endeavor to win back the Urn.
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England might be overwhelming favourites to win the Ashes series, but the latest directive from coach Andy Flower suggests the champions aren’t feeling as comfortable as the bookies.
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Last week I talked about Australia’s seam bowlers. Let’s now look at Australia’s batting options for the upcoming Ashes series.
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Amid the frenzied analysis and criticism of the Australian Ashes squad, England’s shortcomings have largely been overlooked.
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Jackson Bird could be the decisive factor in the Ashes and is a must in the first Test at Trent Bridge.
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Leading to the Ashes there has been a lot of speculation about the line-up of the Australian team and how effective the Australians will be in English conditions.
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When Australia’s cricketers step off the plane at Heathrow they shouldn’t do so with a sense of impending doom hanging over them.
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It is either the whiskey clouding my senses or a touch of the seniles kicking in, with me struggling to think of a time in my over 60 years of watching when an Australian team has entered an Ashes series with so much uncertainty attached to it.
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Has the penny finally dropped for Shane Watson? Another chance to finally prove that there is a bonafide Test match cricketer somewhere in there will have to wait for a couple of months yet.
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As Michael Clarke’s men face up against Alastair Cook’s, another Ashes clash will take place in England. The difference is we already hold the silverware.
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If England are planning on following India’s blueprint for spinning Australia out of the Ashes, Michael Clarke says bring it on.
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Hysterical bias married with a good helping of gamesmanship always accompanies the term ‘The Worst Ashes Squad Ever’, with it more often than not leading to egg being left on the faces of the ones so eager to exalt it.
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It has been announced this week that Traeger Park, Alice Springs, set against the backdrop of the iconic MacDonnell Ranges, is to host an Ashes tour match in November this year.
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In 1989, Allan Border’s Australian side were labelled the worst team ever to tour England yet later came away with a 4-0 series win, leaving the English media red-faced.
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Mitchell Johnson has no hard feelings of been left out of the Ashes squad and believes he has overcome the disappointment of being dropped from the Australian squad.
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As part of the peanut gallery, it filled me with mixed emotions listening to a recent Cricinfo interview with Australian Chairman of Selectors John Inverarity as bemoaning the rogue influence that T20 culture has had on the standard of Australian batsmanship.
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Roarers have requested me to pick the best Australian Ashes team based on their performances in Australia and, sadly, no current cricketer makes it to my all-time great Australian team (based on statistical criteria in Ashes Tests in Australia).
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Mike Hussey should arm wrestle Chris Gayle for the title of best IPL batsman. Sure, he would lose, literally, but figuratively Hussey has undeniable claims to be deemed the tournament’s best bat thus far after his consistent brilliance for the Super Kings.
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