Mitchell Johnson jumps in delight after picking up his 300th Test wicket In what is becoming a day of landmarks in cricket, Mitchell Johnson picked up the wicket of Jonny Bairstow on Day 2 of the 3rd Ashes Test between England and Australia to reach the landmark of 300 Test wickets. He is the fifth Australian bowler to reach this mark for Australia after Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, Dennis Lillee and Brett Lee. In
Cricketers are the heartthrobs of an entire generation. When they adorn their respective national colours and fight it out in the middle, they arouse patriotism in the millions of fans, across the globe. They become an epitome of grit, patience and leadership. When they defy the odds like scoring a century on a hostile pitch or running through the opposition on a pretty docile pitch, their performances become ‘stuff of legends’.
Fight for the urn If you are among those who have been waiting for the next edition of Ashes since January 2014, now is the time to rejoice. The wait is over. Australia have travelled to England to play a five-Test match series and serious entertainment is definitely in store! Will Mitchell Johnson run through the English batting order again? Or will Alastair Cook make the Australian bowlers suffers by scoring a ‘daddy
There's something about the Ashes that makes it supremely exciting. There are sparks flying, and the kind of electricity in the air can only be rivaled by an India-Pakistan match, if at all. The Ashes is so exciting that it finds its place in the legendary the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. But pop culture and fans apart, the Ashes has seen some tremendous performances over the years. Here are our favourite seven players
Johnson bowled one of the most memorable spells in history As another installment of the greatest rivalry in cricket draws near, what better time to go back through the years and relive some of the most influential bowling spells in Ashes history? Big moments create big players, and there are no bigger moments with than the ball in an Ashes series than these 5 examples. Read on to reminisce on some great sporting moments
Some players are believed to have a natural penchant for leadership and are considered to be born leaders - they thrive under pressure and love to lead the team by example. South Africa's Graeme Smith stands out in this regard. He had played only 8 Test matches and 22 ODIs when he was handed over the captaincy at a very young age. But he successfully brushed aside all the scepticism engendered by his appointment and went on to become one of t
The Sporting Times’ mock-obituary that gave birth to the Ashes “In Affectionate Remembrance of English Cricket, which died at the Oval on 29th August 1882, Deeply lamented by a large circle of sorrowing friends and acquaintances /R.I.P. / N.B. – The body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia.” The Sporting Times, September 1882 And so it began. Reginald Brooks’ amusing mock-obituary in The Sp
Seldom has an object as insignificant as a burnt urn held so much importance as a historical sporting event. The Ashes, one of the most sought after rivalries of the game, unfolds a new chapter in July when Australia visit England with the aim of retaining the coveted urn. This year’s Ashes marks the 10th anniversary of the 2005 series, one of the most riveting and enthralling series in a 133-year timeline. Although a clash
Lord’s Cricket Ground Every admirer of the game has heard endless tales about the most storied cricket ground in the world. Its iconic pavilion, its Long Room, its Honour Board, everything within it is a symbol of its charm and undying dignity. Its name itself establishes it as a place of reverence. Hailed as the Mecca of cricket, the Lord’s Cricket Ground has a grandeur as great as the game itself. Third of the Lord’s gro
Ian Botham had a successful career with England Unlike in India where cricketers are extremely marketable, footballers are overwhelmingly the darlings of the media in England, leaving the former out in the cold. For instance, can you imagine Ian Bell advertising mobile phones as Virat Kohli has done? And come to think of it, do you even know who Bell’s girlfriend is? You may quip: "So what? Who cares what they can
Ben Stokes of England bats during day five of 2nd Investec Test match between England and New Zealand England's persistence with Ben Stokes is one of many areas where fans' patience with their side had been wearing thin. The supposed all-rounder had performed below expectations with both bat and ball and justifying his selection was becoming increasingly difficult. And then Lord's happened. Stokes crunched the quickest eve
England’s Ian Botham bowling in the 1981 Ashes Good all-rounders are the biggest asset to their teams, and the decade of 1980s saw the best all-rounders the game has ever witnessed – Ian Botham, Kapil Dev and Imran Khan. While it’s difficult to streamline the greatness of these legends into numerical stats, very few players have been lucky enough to have the illustrious record of a century and 5-for
Ian Botham wants Alastair Cook removed as captain London, May 11 (IANS) Former all-rounder Ian Botham says it is time to drop Alastair Cook as England captain and replace him with Joe Root adding that ex-Australia pacer Jason Gillespie would be the perfect candidate for the post of England coach. "The shake-up that the England cricket team has long needed is underway and the selection of Jason Gillespie as coach would be a perfect fit.
James Anderson What a week it’s been for James Anderson. Not content with just celebrating his 100th Test appearance for England against the West Indies, Jimmy broke Sir Ian Botham’s long-standing record to become the country’s leading wicket-taker in history. He’d already claimed wicket numbers 382 and 383, and as he roared into bowl at Denesh Ramdin and in that typical, languid style of his he did something tha
Former England captain Mike Gatting was the first to write a congratulatory message for James Anderson Sports brand Slazenger has commissioned a commemorative giant flag which will be touring the country this week to celebrate brand ambassador Jimmy Anderson breaking the England Test wicket record. The 32-year-old eclipsed Sir Ian Botham’s England record of 383 wickets in the drawn first Test against West Indies in Antigua on Fri