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'
This Ashes series has been swinging from one end to the other like a pendulum. England won one, when no one gave them a chance and won it well. Australia then pulled one back and thumped England when the momentum was going the other way. England then came back from looking down and out and losing by more than 400 runs to beat Australia again. Such have been the times that if you are an English fan, you will dread the fourth Test, because th
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
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
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
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-
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
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. &
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
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
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
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
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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