With Australia on the verge of a home Ashes loss in 2010-11, former Test cricketers Ian Healy and Simon O’Donnell began the call for the inclusion of New South Wales quick bowler Mark Cameron. Ultimately, though, it was a returning Mitchell Johnson who got the national call-up, and he delivered with match-winning figures of … More Six Ball Over: Mark Cameron
Dan McGrath didn’t like the other series previews. So he wrote one himself.
It’s meant to be semi-regular, but instead it’s about as common as Halley’s Comet. It’s supposed to be funny or insightful or something (?), but instead it’s…well it’s just not. It’s Dev vs Dan! This time, our picks for who should pair Alastair Cook; from Nick Compton to Sam Robson to Angus Robson to the … More Dev vs Dan: Cook’s opening partner
It may be a phrase he says he regrets now but those were the words of the great Dennis Lillee after discovering a young, raw 16 year old Mitchell Johnson in Far-North Queensland. After watching only three balls, Lillee phoned Rod Marsh and stated: “I’ve found one.“ The rest is history with the tearaway left-hander … More “A once in a Generation bowler”
If the ongoing Test series between Australia and New Zealand has taught us one thing, it’s this: Australian pitches are currently flatter than at any other point in living memory. But this is not another think-piece decrying the loss of sporting wickets. It is not written to empathise with the plight of the fast bowler, … More Off Spin in Australia: A Thankless Task
August 29, 2012 Andrew Strauss sits at home. England have just lost to South Africa, 2-0. Hashim Amla made 311 at The Oval. Kevin Pietersen’s text messages stole all the headlines. And for Strauss, bat in hand, the runs have dried up. 100 Tests, 50 as England captain. 15 years a professional. Over 7000 Test … More The Rise and Fall of Nick Compton: The England Years (Part 2)
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’