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ICC insists no-ball policy to remain the same despite Ashes controversy
ICC insists no-ball policy to remain the same despite Ashes controversy

The on-field umpires failed to spot Johnson overstepping during the 5th Ashes Test on as many as eight occasions The International Cricket Council (ICC) has clarified that it has no intention of handing over the responsibility of calling front foot no balls from the on-field umpires to the TV umpires, Sky Sports reports. The governing body praised the umpires for the performance during the Ashes series and cited statistics proved that t

Aug 26 2015
ICC rankings for Test bowlers: Ravichandran Ashwin climbs 1 spot
ICC rankings for Test bowlers: Ravichandran Ashwin climbs 1 spot

Ashwin moving up slowly Ravichandran Ashwin's 7 wickets in the second Test match against Sri Lanka helped him overtake Rangana Herath into eighth spot on 769 points, one point behind South Africa's Vernon Philander. Australia's Mitchell Johnson climbed two spots to sixth after taking four wickets in the final Ashes Test in London. Peter Siddle, who got chance to play only in the final Ashes Test, has gained three places to move

Aug 25 2015
5th Ashes Test: England stare at massive innings defeat at end of Day 3
5th Ashes Test: England stare at massive innings defeat at end of Day 3

Alastair Cook loses his wicket in the 2nd innings, Michael Clarke exults England trail Australia’s 1st innings score by 129 runs with 4 wickets left at stumps on Day 3, staring at a massive innings defeat in the 5th Ashes Test. England could not add much to their overnight score of 107/8, being bundled up by strikes in consecutive balls by Mitchell Johnson, who would thus start the second innings on a hat-trick. Michael Cl

Aug 22 2015
5 reasons we should still watch the 5th Ashes Test
5 reasons we should still watch the 5th Ashes Test

In the world of professional sport, fortunes can change in a whisker. Ignominiously overlooked for selection in the ODI squad and with talks of age catching up with him, Alastair Cook was silently contemplating about his retirement at the start of the summer. His Australian counterpart, Michael Clarke, having won the World Cup and retired from the ODIs, believed he could play Test cricket for a few more years. Everything has changed radically wi

Aug 17 2015
Video: Mitchell Johnson sledges VVS Laxman; Laxman gives it back
Video: Mitchell Johnson sledges VVS Laxman; Laxman gives it back

Mitchell Johnson managed to get the under the skin of the usually cool Laxman Australia are currently taking on their age-old rivals England in the Ashes Test series and if there’s any other country that can stake claim to giving a fierce competition to the Aussies, it is India. And one man in particular, had been a constant thorn in their flesh – VVS Laxman. The stylish Hyderabadi batsman always reserved his best for

Seven new faces as Australia announce squad for Ireland, England ODIs
Seven new faces as Australia announce squad for Ireland, England ODIs

Joe Burns is expected to partner David Warner at the top of the innings in the place of the injured Aaron Finch Australia have announced their squad for the upcoming one-dayers against England and Ireland, Cricket Australia’s official website reported. The squad features only eight of the players that were part of the World Cup-winning side earlier in the year while three members of the 14 man squad are yet to make their deb

Aug 12 2015
Best quotes on fast bowling from the players in the line of fire
Best quotes on fast bowling from the players in the line of fire

“Batting may be cricket’s heartbeat, but fast bowling is its pulse” A matter that is explored in Speed Thrills, a new book released this week.  Written by ex-Australian pacer Rodney Hogg and features 17 fastest bowlers alive. Encompassing various aspects of pace bowling, the book promises to be a gripping read. The book contains many interesting examples and quotes to keep the readers glued to it. Facing qual

Aug 9 2015
Ashes 2015: The Sad Story Of A Self-Inflicted Australian Downfall
Ashes 2015: The Sad Story Of A Self-Inflicted Australian Downfall

Months before the Ashes, the incessant barrage of reviews all held a common vision – one in which Australia would dominate English cricket and return with the Ashes. England, fresh off an embarrassing premature World Cup termination, rolling in the dire negativity that came with the sacking of their coach and stubborn dismissal of their disputably best modern batsman, were looking to salvage some pride against a raging, unstoppable Aus

Aug 9 2015
England inflict innings defeat on Australia to regain Ashes
England inflict innings defeat on Australia to regain Ashes

Stuart Broad and Ben Stokes proved too hot to handle for Australia England won the fourth Ashes test at Trent Bridge by an innings and 78 runs to gain an unassailable 3-1 lead and thus regain the Ashes. The hosts picked up the remaining three wickets in Australia’s second innings in quick time early on Day 3 to finish off their resistance. In a match which ran a little over two days, the result was a foregone conclusion after Austral

Aug 8 2015
Ashes 2015: Spin and swing are haunting Australian cricket
Ashes 2015: Spin and swing are haunting Australian cricket

Darren Lehmann and Michael Clarke “They can deal with a great speedster with grit eventually on any fast track, but movement and slowness of the turf can change their scorecard into a telephone directory”. Australian batting line-up has some big names, mixture of talent and experience. Their resurgence after Ashes defeat in 2013 was quite scary. David Warner had a blast in that summer. Steve Smith evolved in the same Ashes

Aug 6 2015
5 Things Australia must do to bounce back in the 4th Ashes Test
5 Things Australia must do to bounce back in the 4th Ashes Test

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.

Aug 5 2015
Aussie pacer Mitchell Johnson relishing jeering from English spectators
Aussie pacer Mitchell Johnson relishing jeering from English spectators

Mitchell Johnson raises his cap to the Cardiff crowd after conceding his 100th run Nottingham, Aug 4 (IANS) Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson said on Tuesday he is enjoying the choral jousting he endures from the English crowd, adding that a couple of his antics in the recent third Test were planned to further infuriate the fans. Johnson, who became the fifth Australian bowler to reach 300 Test wickets in the match, enjoys a love-hate rel

Aug 5 2015
Video: Mitchell Johnson's 24-yard ball
Video: Mitchell Johnson's 24-yard ball

Johnson’s long-ball delivery Edgbaston crowd made Mitchell Johnson go crazy as he bowled one delivery from almost next to the umpire i.e. two yards behind the crease which made it a 24-yard ball. He continued his love-hate relationship with the English crowd as they kept chanting “Mitchell, Mitchell”. This was not the end as the left-arm fast bowler made another antic gesture to frustrate the crowd. After wasting enough ti

Aug 2 2015
Michael Clarke talks brutally about own poor form and his place in Australian team
Michael Clarke talks brutally about own poor form and his place in Australian team

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'

Aug 1 2015
Video: When it took the umpire ages to give an LBW decision
Video: When it took the umpire ages to give an LBW decision

Umpire Billy Bowden West Indies toured Australia in 2010 and played the 2nd match of the ODI series at Adelaide on February 9, 2010. The match was won easily by Australia, who outclassed West Indies in every department. West Indies set a target of 171 to the hosts, which was chased down with disdain by Australia in the 27th over.  The match is not thus memorable at all, being another one-sided contest among many. However, th

Aug 1 2015
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