Come next year, the game will change. But, will the winner change? The answer is going to be a tough one. This year, the mighty Aussies once again proved to the world that they were legends for a reason. With the 50 over World Cup in their kitty, the Australians will go all guns blazing to secure their first ever T20 World Cup, in India in 2016. With heavy competition from other teams and traditionally batsmen friendly pitches, it is extr
Battle of the seam bowling all-rounders – Freddie Flintoff and Shane Watson Henry Clay once said, “Statistics are no substitute for judgments”. Even though players, or any individual for that matter, cannot be brought down to mere statistics, we set out to compare the stats of two of the most fearsome all-rounders of 21st century to get a better grasp of their careers. Before we start with the compari
Watson’s Test career remained an unfulfilled one Cricket has continuously proved, as it has for a while now, that teams need multi-skilled players. That can sometimes be interpreted as bits-and-pieces players, which is a wrong assumption. In fact, these are the players who have made a handy contribution in all formats, particularly One-Day cricket. This of players are nowadays a necessity in the team but when Shane Robert
Michael Clarke’s successor Steven Smith will lead a highly inexperienced squad against Bangladesh Australia’s newly appointed Test captain Steven Smith said that the Bangladesh series is not one to test out new players, Cricket.com.au reports. The 26-year-old added that his side will have to take the 9th placed team who have showcased some brilliant performances in the last few months seriously. The squad named for
Glenn Maxwell has a great chance to make the No. 5 spot his own Australia beat England by 8 wickets in the final ODI at OId Trafford on Sunday to clinch the 5-match series 3-2. Helped by a superb bowling effort from the likes of Mitchell Marsh and Pat Cummins, the Steven Smith led side ensured that they returned home with some silverware after losing the Ashes 3-2 to the hosts. There were some important positives for Australia in the
Watson announced his Test retirement recently A true all-rounder is someone who is equally adept with both the bat and ball and has the ability to make it into the team purely as a bowler or a batsman. They give a team the much-needed balance and give the team management the flexibility of playing an extra bowler or a batsman depending on the pitch conditions. Very few in the history of cricket have been genuine world class all-rounders
India won the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007 Exactly 6 months from now, one of the most popular events in the cricketing world will start in India. It is the 6th edition of the ICC World T20. A nation which loves cricket like none other makes the tournament all the more exciting. The qualifying tournament has been done and dusted and now we have got all the 16 participants. This one is going to be one heck of an event. It promises to
Shane Watson’s Test career remained largely unfulfilled Shane Watson called time on his Test career recently – a career that promised so much but in the end remained one which could have been much much more. He had all the traits to go down in history as one of the game’s all-time great all-rounders, but in the end couldn’t manage to achieve that. In the span of his Test career that lasted ten years of his test caree
Shane Watson and David Warner during an ODI match in 2014 Australian opener David Warner called his friend and teammate, retiring all-rounder Shane Watson as a ‘role model’ for kids. Warner paid rich tribute to the broad-shouldered cricketer who announced his retirement from Test cricket on Sunday, bringing curtains to a decade-long career in which he featured in 59 test matches, scoring 3731 runs and taking 75 wickets.
Watson could have achieved a lot more than he did January 2, 2005. A young all-rounder with a physique reminiscent of an athlete made his debut against Pakistan. He had a lukewarm debut with 31 runs in the only innings he batted and a wicket in the second innings. More than the performance, it was the promise the youngster showed which impressed everyone. It ignited a hope in every Australian fan that they have found a true all-rounder.
Haddin announced his retirement at a press conference at the SCG Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Brad Haddin has announced his retirement from Test and first-class retirement with immediate effect, ABC News reports. Haddin personally made the announcement at a press conference at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) though he added that he will continue playing in the Big Bash League (BBL). Haddin’s future at the international level h
Shane Watson’s career is a tale of ‘what might have been’ Some people retire on a high by scoring match-saving centuries or taking crucial wickets and wave goodbye to a sea of fans after a tearful speech. Some people retire quietly – They bide their time, think their options over and quietly announce a retirement. These people are hailed as the silent heroes and tributes pour in from different quarters. Then there&r
Disclaimer: This is not a real Facebook wall and is intended for humour and humour only. Translation: Wahab Riaz: “Yes brother! That was quite evident in the World Cup quarter-final.” Virat Kohli: “Hehe! Do you want Ishant’s number?”
Watson retires Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has announced his retirement from test cricket effective immediately after another injury setback cut short his one-day international series against England. Watson sustained a series-ending calf injury in Saturday's 64-run one-day win over England at Lord's. The 34-year-old cricketer played his last Test against England in the first match of the Ashes series after which he wa
There are good cricketers and there are bad cricketers. Amongst good cricketers, there are those who perform often and those who frustrate often. But, some always frustrate a lot more than others, because as delightful as they are to the audience, their potential always seems to have been under-utilised. Cricket isn’t an easy game, considering one mistake can cost you a lot. But, some often end up paying more for their mistakes, some never