Posts Tagged "Australia cricket"

With the new captain, coach and some introspection of teams culture and attitude, Australian cricket is making waves for all the right reasons.

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Next year’s Ashes may be the high-profile guinea-pig series if a proposal is agreed to ditch the coin toss for all matches in the International Cricket Council’s new Test championship.

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India’s refusal to play day-night Test cricket is holding back the future of the game, Mark Waugh says.

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Australia have named their captains and vice-captains for their white-ball sides but are yet to decide who will be Tim Paine’s vice-captain in the Test team.

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Cricket Australia’s arrogant decision to cancel the scheduled two-Test series against Bangladesh in August is not only hugely disrespectful to the Tigers but will also hinder the Australian Test team.

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Australian cricket is going through a period of transition, not just within the team with two of its mainstay batsman and leader suspended, but also off the field, where there has been effort to change the team’s attitude.

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Recently the Australian selectors named their one-day squad to play England and Zimbabwe, but most agree it’s a list lacking explosiveness during the powerplay and at the death as well as the ability to keep going if a few early wickets are lost.

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Oh, not again. That was my first response on hearing Australia and Bangladesh had postponed another bilateral series, particularly as it would have been the first Test series between the two teams in Australia since 2003.

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India’s dominance over world cricket outside the playing field has been reinforced in the past week on a number of occasions.

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Shaun Marsh and D’Arcy Short have golden opportunities to nail down ODI spots after the selectors opted not to pick a back-up batsman in Australia’s squad for next month’s five-match series in England.

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Yesterday’s announcement of the ODI and T20 teams to tour England and Zimbabwe raised some interesting talking points, with continuity in the aftermath of the ball-tampering scandal at the forefront of discussions.

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Chris Lynn has had a tough time of late, with a series of injuries in the last three years seeing him miss the majority of international games.

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Recalled Australian ODI spinner Nathan Lyon says Australia will just have to cop the banter from English cricket fans over the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.

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Cricket Australia have confirmed the proposed day-night Test set for the Adelaide Oval against India has been thrown on the scrapheap, with the Board of Control for Cricket in India “not prepared” to play in the format.

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Australia have dropped a series of surprises in their ODI and T20 squads for tours of England and Zimbabwe, with Tim Paine and Aaron Finch named as the two captains.

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Now that the dust has settled on the Cape Town incident and Australian cricket is making steps to move on, Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft are probably in a better place mentally to begin working on their redemption stories.

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New Australian cricket coach Justin Langer has been handed a tough task to rebuild a wounded and fractured team.

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Whether the Board of Control for Cricket in India want to admit it or not, day-night Test cricket is the future if the longest format of the game wants to survive.

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I have known Justin Langer for over 25 years and from what I have observed, he is the right man to coach Australia.

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Cricket Australia has appointed Justin Langer as head coach of the men’s cricket team for four years, with his tenure to start at the end of the month.

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