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Is this Ashes series the last chance for Michael Clarke to prove he's not a passenger in the team?
Is this Ashes series the last chance for Michael Clarke to prove he's not a passenger in the team?

Time’s running out buddy!  July 22, 2005. Lord’s, London. A young, blonde Australian swipes a delivery to cover. The delivery is okay. The swipe? Not so much. Poor, some might say. Shocking, others might say. One thing is clear, though. It was careless. Arrogant. Haughty. Cocksure. On an ordinary day, it would have been gratefully pouched by the fielder. But not today. The fielder is Kevin Pietersen. The batsman is Michael

Jul 30 2015
Stats: Interesting facts and numbers from Day 1 of the 3rd Ashes Test
Stats: Interesting facts and numbers from Day 1 of the 3rd Ashes Test

Australia were bowled out for 136 in the first innings The third Test of the Investec Ashes series between hosts England and Australia started today at Edgbaston. England won the first Test comfortably at Cardiff before Australia bounced back by winning the Lords Test by mammoth 405 runs. Well, it was England’s turn to shine in the 3rd Test and they have started it well. Michael Clarke won the toss and surprisingly chose to bat on th

Jul 30 2015
Ashes 2015, 3rd Test: Anderson rips through Australia in the first innings
Ashes 2015, 3rd Test: Anderson rips through Australia in the first innings

Anderson leads the team to dressing room after demolishing Australia’s batting line-up England used home conditions to their advantage today as they restricted Australia to 136 in first innings. The home team's bowlers exposed Australia's vulnerability, especially James Anderson who picked 6 wickets today. Michael Clarke's decision to bat after winning the toss in the cloudy weather condition at the Edgbaston proved costl

Jul 29 2015
5 occasions when two star players had a difficult relationship
5 occasions when two star players had a difficult relationship

As an international cricketer you live an exciting lifestyle, travelling all around the world for various competitions. Unfortunately for some players, this also means spending a lot of time with your teammates at close quarters. This high pressure environment has gotten the better of many a man, as throughout history there has been countless occasions of big-name players butting heads. From dressing room scuffles to on-

Jul 29 2015
Spotlight back on England as Australia look to surge ahead
Spotlight back on England as Australia look to surge ahead

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

5 things to look forward to in the 3rd Ashes Test
5 things to look forward to in the 3rd Ashes Test

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

Jul 28 2015
Australian batting coach Di Venuto confident of Michael Clarke's return to form
Australian batting coach Di Venuto confident of Michael Clarke's return to form

Can Clarke rediscover his mojo? Australia’s batting coach Michael Di Venuto has expressed belief that skipper Michael Clarke is due for a big score. The modest former cricketer feels a little time out in the middle with a bit of luck is all that’s required for the batsman to return to his best. "We'd like him to spend some more time in the middle obviously," Di Venuto said of Clarke, as reported by ESPNcricinfo. &

Jul 26 2015
Derbyshire v Australia Day 3
Derbyshire v Australia Day 3

Clarke was unbeaten on 44 runs In the end, the match ended in the fashion that I predicted, although not with special prescience. The Australian back up bowlers got a work out, Mitchell Marsh showed himself to be every bit the dynamic all-rounder I have felt him to be for the past two years and it all ended somewhat limply after a rather lack lustre few days. After losing two sessions to the weather it was always likely to be so and the fac

Jul 26 2015
Umpiring at its Worst - The 2008 India-Australia match with nine wrong decisions
Umpiring at its Worst - The 2008 India-Australia match with nine wrong decisions

Between January 2 and January 6 in 2008, India and Australia clashed at the SCG – a match more memorable for the umpiring decisions than the actual cricket played. It was the 2nd Test Match of famous Border-Gavaskar Series, being played well before DRS was brought into implementation in Test Cricket. In cricket, you lose the match because either you played bad or the other team played much better. But there is another reason

Jul 25 2015
Derbyshire v Australia Day 1: 19-year-old Will Davis turns in stellar shift
Derbyshire v Australia Day 1: 19-year-old Will Davis turns in stellar shift

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

Jul 24 2015
Australian skipper Clarke rubbishes talk of flat pitches
Australian skipper Clarke rubbishes talk of flat pitches

Clarke pointed out that both the Tests lasted only 4 days London, July 22 (IANS) Australia Test skipper Michael Clarke has said the current protestations about the pitches produced so far in the ongoing Ashes series are completely unjustified. England won the first Test at Cardiff but Australia bounced back to win the second Test at the Lord's Cricket Ground. The five-match series is level at 1-1 at present. The third Test begins in Bir

Jul 22 2015
Fake FB Wall: Ashes banter hits Facebook after Australia thrash England at Lord's
Fake FB Wall: Ashes banter hits Facebook after Australia thrash England at Lord's

NOTE: This is a fake Facebook wall and should not be taken seriously.

Jul 21 2015
Chris Rogers likely to play third Ashes Test
Chris Rogers likely to play third Ashes Test

Rogers was retired hurt in the Lords Test after ball hit his helmet London, July 21 (IANS) Australian opening batsman Chris Rogers is likely to play in the third Ashes Test starting July 29 against England after scans cleared him of any serious injury. The 37-year-old was forced to retire hurt after experiencing dizziness while batting on Day 2 of the second Ashes Test at Lord's. On July 17, Rogers was struck on the helmet near the righ

Jul 21 2015
Wahab Riaz's Moments of Magic
Wahab Riaz's Moments of Magic

Wahab Riaz in action during the World Cup 2015 quarter final against Australia Extreme. Inconsistent. Mercurial. These are the words people use to describe Pakistani Cricket. Fantastic one day, horrendous the next. Better than the best on their day. Worse than the worst when it’s not. They lose when nobody expects them to. They win when nobody expects them to. Therein lies the beauty of Pakistani Cricket. In its capacity to s

Jul 20 2015
Australia crush England by 405 runs to level five-match Ashes series 1-1
Australia crush England by 405 runs to level five-match Ashes series 1-1

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

Jul 19 2015
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