In their last five Test matches Australia’s batting has been nothing less than atrocious. They’ve struggled to cope with swing, bounce, spin and just about any other variation a bowling side can use via the conditions and pitch. The loss to Sri Lanka was tolerable considering the quick adjustment to conditions and the squads inexperience … More What could change before Adelaide?
All Time XIs are possibly the most arbitrary of cricket’s many pointless pursuits. The players can always be debated; the team selected will never take the field, and the debate over which side is better will never be resolved. Regardless, it’s great fun.
Name a batsman who looks good, but just never makes those tough runs. You’ve named half a dozen already. Mark Waugh springs to mind for Australians, Ian Bell’s the most recent exemplar for Britons, while Vinod Kambli emerges from the subcontinent. A lot of times of late, the name floated has been Ross Taylor. This … More Ross Taylor: Not just touch
Eric Heiden, in the shadow of the USA’s boycott of the Moscow Olympics in 1980, was quoted as saying, “sports and politics don’t mix.” It’s a truism that was used long before Heiden, and has been deployed infinite times since, and is one that – undoubtedly – will last long beyond the lifetime of anyone … More Sure as the dust that floats high in June
Australia haven’t tasted Ashes success in England since 2001, a series remembered for Steve Waugh’s century on one leg, Adam Gilchrist’s terrifying hitting, Mark Butcher’s 173* to win the unwinnable for England, and the forging of the Hayden-Langer opening partnership that would dominate Test cricket for the next 5 years. Throw in some bizarre English … More From ‘women’s cricket’ to ‘cricket’