Warner played an entertaining innings of 85 runs Australia were in command after a strong batting display on the opening day of final Ashes Test at the Kennington Oval in London. At stumps, they were 287 for the loss of 3 wickets. After winning the toss, England captain, Alastair Cook decided to bowl first. The home team were unchanged and for Australia, Peter Siddle and Mitchell Marsh replaced Josh Hazlewood and Shaun Marsh. Upcomin
The Ashes rarely ends as numbers. It ends as mental scars. Sometimes, the English bear those scars and sometimes the Aussies do. It always ends the way it starts, like a battle. Sometimes, the English find heroes, sometimes the Aussies do. It ends with many tales from the arena. Sometimes the English have more gladiators, sometimes the Aussies do. Now, England lead the Ashes 2-1. They are perched on a pendulum swing of wins and losses.
Michael Clarke looks on during Day 3 of the 3rd Ashes Test Australia captain Michael Clarke addressed concerns over his own form in characteristic brutal terms, with clamours for his head getting increasing momentum in the Australian press. "I think it's always going to be hard to beat any opposition when they've got 11 and we've only 10,” Clarke said, according to CricketAustralia. "At the moment that'
Catch with closed eyes The Ashes third Test has been a bad journey so far for the Australians. But their player Adam Voges has provided a rare highlight for the team when he caught an unbelievably lucky catch to dismiss England skipper Alastair Cook on the first day. Cook couldn’t believe it first when he got out, but soon Voges made everyone believe that he caught it without even looking at it. After the Aussies were bowled ou
Will Davis of Derbyshire celebrates after taking the wicket of Adam Voges of Australia Australia 413-9 (Marsh 101 retired, Warner 101 retired, Davis 3-63, White 2-85) v Derbyshire The visitors may have racked up 400 at Derby today, but against what was close to a second team attack, that was always likely. Shaun Marsh, a batsman I have always liked, joined Test incumbent Dave Warner in a stand of 154 for the first wicket, bu
Some predicted Australia to win the Ashes outright, although they haven’t done so in England in a long time. Some predicted England to compete well but still gave Australia the thumbs up. There were very few loyalists who actually believed England can win. Even fewer still have entertained the idea of a thumping win that England dished out to the Aussies. It is a long series and the thing with long series is, it is very easy for things to t
Gary Ballance bats during Day 1 of the 1st Ashes Test Wednesday, 8 July. Swalec Stadium, Cardiff. First Test Match, Ashes 2015. End of the second over. Adam Lyth has just fallen to Josh Hazlewood. In walks Gary Ballance. He does not swagger in. It's not the walk of a man who recently became one of the fastest batsmen to reach 1000 runs in Test Cricket. That confidence is missing. That spark is missing. That smile is missing.&n
Trevor Bayliss and James Anderson in an England training session ahead of the 1st Ashes Test Things are getting heated up as we near Ashes 2015. English pacer James Anderson is not the kind of bloke you would associate with a perfect gentlemanly conduct. Controversy and Anderson have always walked hand in hand. At times it gives the impression that with James Anderson sledging is more of a need that a want. As he admitted himself: &qu
Adam Voges may be a key player in Ashes 2015 In January 2014, selector Darren Lehmann told Adam Voges honestly that he would not be a part of the World Cup. He then had a good record and was in good form. He was a dependable cricketer. So when he was told that he would not even figure in the plans for the biggest cricketing tournament it hurt. “I didn't think I'd ever let anyone down when I'd played one
Australia should defy history to etch a historical series win on English soil after 15 years If the 2005 and 2009 Ashes series were Ricky Ponting’s worst nightmares as an Australian captain, 2013 was no less than a catastrophe for Michael Clarke when Australia failed to win even a single Test match in the 5 match Ashes series. 14 long years it has been since any of the Australian predecessors have dethroned England to reclaim the
The first half of 2015 is done and dusted with Sri Lanka’s clinical win over Pakistan. With the World Cup and New Zealand’s exuberance in it dominating headlines in the first quarter of the year, Test cricket had taken a backseat. Only 15 Tests have been played over the last 6 months, 6 of them by West Indies and one a rain-marred India-Bangladesh clash. The second half of the year promises to be much more delectable with the Ashes, I
ICC World number 6 ranked batsman Joe Root will have to play a vital role if England are to regain the Ashes As we fast approach the first Ashes Test between Australia and England in Cardiff on July 8, the usual war of words has begun. But this time, it's different. England, who are usually the first to bag the tripe out of themselves, actually sound genuinely confident, something which couldn't be easily said about an English
Hussey has played 79 Tests for Australia London, June 24 (IANS) Australia's veteran batsman Mike Hussey on Wednesday said the upcoming Ashes series between hosts England and Australia will be a tough contest, adding that batsman Joe Root will be the key for the home side. Hussey was particularly impressed with England's Root, a player who came under a lot of scrutiny following England's 0-5 Ashes whitewash in Australia 18 months
Furious Johnson during first Test against the Windies Australia's Mitchell Johnson is happy the way his team's lower order has been performing with the willow. In a recent media interaction, he revealed that there has always been the contest among the Australia's lower order players for scoring runs. "There is a little bit of ribbing going on, not too much." Johnson was as quoted saying by the cricketworld.com. &ldquo