Virat Kohli after being dismissed. Adelaide, 2014. December 2014. Peak Summer in Melbourne. Pleasant temperature. Glorious sunshine all over the city. It was against this kind of a backdrop that India and Australia took the field in the Boxing Day Test, the third in a series of four. Australia were leading 2-0. It was not fair, the scoreline. Not fair at all. India had lost but they were not beaten. One shot had made the difference. 2
Rogers is expected to play The 2015 edition of the Ashes returns to Edgbaston in Birmingham, which was the venue of the fabled “Greatest Test Ever”, in 2005, which England won in thrilling fashion by just two runs, and also the equally celebrated 1981 Test, in which Ian Botham inspired England to victory. Edgbaston last hosted an Ashes Test in 2009 - the game was heavily curtailed by rain and ended in a damp draw. The series sta
The score-line reads 1-1. But, if one had a choice to be in one of the two dressing rooms, it is hard to imagine anyone picking the English. Losing a game before the final day is bad. Losing it by more than 400 runs makes it even more painful. But the shattered hope that Australian bowlers aren’t at their best on slow featherbeds is what will give England sleepless nights. After a horrid first match, England might have managed to wake thei
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Danger for England – Johnson is back with his beast streak Australia thrashed England by winning the match by 405 runs in the second Ashes Test at the Lords Cricket Ground in London. With this massive win, the visitors levelled the five-match Test series by 1-1. This is the visitors first win England since their win Leeds in 2009 and also their first win in Lord's after the opening Test of Ashes series in 2005. After coming to b
Mitchell Johnson is mobbed by his teammates after accounting for Joe Root during the second day of the Lord’s test Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson expressed happiness at the swing he was able to get from the Lord’s pitch, but added that he felt he had been bowling the same for a long time, ESPNcricinfo reports. Johnson bowled a short yet fiery spell on Friday which accounted for two of the four wickets that fell – G
Mitchell Johnson celebrates the wicket of Joe Root with Australia teammates At close of play of the 2nd Ashes Test at Lord’s, England are batting at 85/4, trailing Australia by 481 runs. Captain Alastair Cook is unbeaten on 21(87balls) and Ben Stokes is with him at 38(50balls). Earlier in the day, Steven Smith carried on from his overnight score of 129 to score 215, the first double ton by an Australian at Lord's in 77 years.
Mitchell Johnson struggles enormously overseas Truly one of the world’s elite fast bowlers when plying his trade in favourable conditions, Australian paceman Mitchell Johnson morphs into a meek imposter of himself when the pitch doesn’t offer much pace and bounce; something the 33-year-old left-armer will desperately want to rectify as he heads into the home stretch of his career. After another poor performance
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
Pat Cummins to replace Ryan Harris in Ashes series Pat Cummins has been called to England to replace Ryan Harris in the Australian XI in the ongoing Ashes series. He wiill be playing for the international side after a long gap of two years. The panel that chose Cummins for his previous international game back in 2011 consisted of Andrew Hilditch, Greg Chappell, Jamie Cox and Michael Clarke. Cummins has made considerab
England don’t intend to go through this traumatic experience ever again and can we blame them? Ever since the first over was bowled by the belligerent Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc to the circumspect English batsman Adam Lyth on the first day of the 2015 Ashes test in Cardiff, fans and media have whined and complained about the slow and sluggish pitch. Ex-England captain Michael Vaughan soon tweeted that “this
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
Alastair Cook and Michael Clarke – Who will grab the Urn? The battle lines are drawn as the 69th edition of the Ashes gets underway on July 8 at the SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff. Both teams, England and Australia, look fired up and raring to go. The England team is coming at the back of a drawn Test series against New Zealand and a hard fought ODI series which they won against the same team. The Aussies, on the other hand, delivered a cl