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
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
Chris Rogers retired from international cricket at the end of the 2015 Ashes series. When the cricketing globe’s entire spotlight was on the retirement of the big shots – Kumar Sangakkara and Michael Clarke, there was this silent guardian, Chris Rogers, who made a calm exit. After resurrecting a career, which at one point looked like ending with just one international match, the 37-year-old piled up 2015 runs till the l
Rodney Marsh speaks to Michael Clarke and Shane Warne ahead of the opening day of the fourth Ashes Test Australia’s head of selectors Rodney Marsh has vehemently denied claims that the presence of WAGs (Wives and Girlfriends) had a role to play in their disastrous Ashes series defeat, NDTV reports. The former wicketkeeper added that imposing any sort of ban on players’ family will only worsen things and believes the team’s
Darren Lehmann looks on the field of play during Day 1 of the 4th Ashes Test Australian coach Darren Lehmann has come under fire – not for Australia’s loss to England, but for turning to Twitter in search of tickets to a weekend English Premier League game between Stoke City and Liverpool, around 80 kilometres west from Nottingham where the Aussies were humiliated. The Australian dressing room is a dark and gloomy pla
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.
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'
Much like other sports, cricket has witnessed its fair share of dynasties – the Hearnes, the Headleys, the Mohammads, the Hadlees, Khans and Bracewells - all of whom boast of at least 3 players who have donned the national cap in Test cricket. Recent sensations include the sons of Geoff Marsh and that of Roger Binny. While Mitchell has already sealed his spot in the national team and Shaun has been in the reckoning for quite some time
Mitchell Starc struck twice in the very first over of the run chase Kingston (Jamaica), June 14 (IANS) West Indies are staring in the face of a series defeat as Australia established a commanding hold on the third day of the second Test at Sabina Park here. Australia have made a confident gamble by giving West Indies a massive assignment with a winning target of nearly 400 to make in more than two days after declaring their second innings o
Ever since the beginning of international cricket, Australia have been fortunate to have had a plethora of players of top-notch ability across all formats. Whether it is a Don Bradman, a Dennis Lillee or a Shane Warne, they have never had a shortage of cricketers who have played a defining role in helping their team achieve success. Like every other country, though, they have also had a fair share of players who were unable to fulfill thei
Chris Rogers suffered a concussion during training session before first Test Kingston (Jamaica) June 10 (IANS) Australia opener Chris Rogers has not fully recovered from a concussion and has been ruled out of the second Test against the West Indies, starting here on Thursday. Rogers was struck on the helmet during training in Dominica nine days ago and he experienced dizzy spells and a headache later that evening. Shaun Marsh is set to repl
West Indies bowlers have kept the team in the game Roseau (Dominica), June 4 (IANS) Life for the West Indies in the post-Shiv Chanderpaul era began disastrously when they were bowled out for 148 in their first innings on the opening day of the first Test against Australia here on Wednesday. Opting to bat first in good conditions at the Windsor Park, the West Indies were cruising at 63 for one before lunch but dramatically lost their last ni
Chris Rogers with team doctor Peter Brukner Roseau (Dominica), June 2 (IANS) A concussion has put Australian opener Chris Rogers out of the first Test against the West Indies after he was struck by a short ball from a net bowler during training. The 37-year-old took a blow on the helmet from an unnamed local bowler on Monday and while he continued the net session, he then complained of headaches and dizziness later. The first Test of a two-
The Indian Premier League is one tournament which involves players from around the globe. The International players are the most prized asset to the teams as only four are allowed in the playing XI. In many editions, we have witnessed the importance of the overseas players who have had to single-handedly perform exceptionally well and help their team to qualify for the playoffs. It is their contribution which leads
The Kings XI Punjab were expected to carry on their great form into 2015 In what was possibly one of the biggest failures by a team from which much was expected, the Kings XI Punjab dashed the hopes of all their fans this IPL as they slumped to the bottom of the points table. After thumping the Chennai Super Kings in the playoffs last year and making it to the finals of IPL 2014, where they finished as runners-up, the boys from Punjab faile