Posts Tagged "The Ashes"

“I feared (for the future) in the Ashes, actually. The crowds were quite disappointing in general.”

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There is a real concern that international cricket is so unfairly favoured towards a home team that their inherent domination ruins the primary attraction of sport – the mystery of the unknown.

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Now that the international season is all but over let’s have a look at trying to grade the TV and radio networks that offered their services during the Ashes and the ODIs.

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Ben Stokes has said he is keen to clear his name after being charged with affray.

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If we rewind to early November, a pragmatic and sober English mind should have been hoping to head to Sydney no worse than 2-1 down, which could have occurred along the following lines:

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When a series scoreline reads as one-sided as Australia’s 4-0 Ashes triumph does, and when the player of the series discussion must’ve been one of the shortest in the history of the sporting universe, the hypotheticals don’t take much to surface.

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Cricket averages across a series tell a tale of how batsmen fared, and though Steve Smith and Alastair Cook lead their teams, but that doesn’t really tell the full story of how consistent they were across the series.

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England meekly surrendered Ashes 4-0, and though that result wasn’t so shocking considering Ben Stokes’s absence, the fight and fearlessness demonstrated by the visitors in last two years was missing from this series.

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England cricket coach Trevor Bayliss has warned defeats and disappointment could be the short-term price of building a Test team capable of winning the Ashes Down Under.

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In the inevitable swirl of thinkpieces and chattering about this trenchantly benign Ashes series, one question remains woefully unaddressed, and it goes to the very heart of our national identity: when did Australian cricketers become so cuddly?

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The Ashes is over and the discussion of who should be playing in that first Test in March against South Africa has begun.

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“I couldn’t have asked for much more,” Patrick Cummins said upon receiving the man of the match award for the final Ashes Test. The interviewer could have easily responded with, “You couldn’t have given much more”.

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With the Ashes series now complete, let’s talk about the Ashes. Not the English tour of 2019, but the next instalment in Australia, and some minor tweaks they can make to make England more competitive and to entertain the masses.

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Australia wrapped up the final Ashes Test by an innings and 123 runs to formally win back the urn in a 4-0 series win.

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England were hoping a new year would bring a change in fortune but it was more of the same for the tourists as the Aussies completed a 4-0 Ashes thumping.

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Following Australia’s 4-0 thumping of England in the Ashes, here are my player ratings from the five-Test series.

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Were it not for a no ball during the just completed Ashes series, David Warner would have become the 23rd Australian Test player to get out one short of a ton in Test cricket.

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Australia completed a 4-0 thrashing of England with an innings and 123 runs in hand at the SCG. Let’s have a look back at the five pivotal moments that shaped this summers Ashes battle.

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Australia have regained the Ashes in convincing fashion, finishing off England at the Sydney Cricket Ground to take a 4-0 series victory.

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It was a dire Ashes series for England this summer. Not as bad as their last trip Down Under, but there’s not exactly room to fall after a 5-0 whitewash.

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