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Graeme Swann mercilessly mocks Kevin Pietersen on Australian radio show
Graeme Swann mercilessly mocks Kevin Pietersen on Australian radio show

Kevin Pietersen and Graeme Swann pictured in 2007 when more cordiality prevailed Talented spinner and impressionist Graeme Swann appeared in a mock interview on a radio show as the controversial Kevin Pietersen, giving answers to questions asked to him by former Australia players Mark Waugh and Matthew Hayden. Speaking in an accent like the South-African born Pietersen, Swann laid into the former England batsman’s self-cent

Jul 28 2015
6 times the stadium crowds shamed Cricket
6 times the stadium crowds shamed Cricket

Cricket, known as the gentleman’s game, has had many not-so-gentlemen-like moments over the years. While most of the incidents involve the players, the stadium crowds have had their share too, much to the embarrassment of their home team, stadium officials and board members. The recent crowd violence in the Sri Lanka-Pakistan ODI in Colombo is an example of this trend. The unrest in the stand had escalated to such a level that security

Jul 23 2015
Steve Waugh's words of wisdom inspired me: Chris Rogers
Steve Waugh's words of wisdom inspired me: Chris Rogers

Chris Rogers walks back after his knock of 173 on Day 2 of the 2nd Test London, July 17: Australia opener Chris Rogers has revealed former skipper Steve Waugh's words of wisdom inspired him to score an unbeaten knock of 158 runs on the first day of the second Ashes Test here. Australia ended the first day's action at 337/1 with Rogers and Steven Smith (129 not out) scoring fine centuries to put the visiting team in the driving

Jul 17 2015
An open letter to Shane Watson
An open letter to Shane Watson

Shane Watson carries drinks during Day 2 of the 2nd Ashes Test Dear Watto, Talent is a funny thing. Does it have to do more with ability, perseverance or intuition? As a young 20-year old Queenslander, selected for the one-day side, you oozed oodles of it. You were regarded as the next big thing in Australian cricket. Steve Waugh stated that you were possibly the first genuine all-rounder for Australia since Keith Miller. And Miller pl

Jul 17 2015
Steve Waugh surprised by Australia's lack of energy
Steve Waugh surprised by Australia's lack of energy

Warner had a poor game London, July 14 (IANS) Former captain Steve Waugh has said Australia's lack of energy in the first Ashes Test in Cardiff and England's upbeat nature made it look "almost like we'd swapped our caps" from the 2013-14 series. Australia dominated the 2013-14 Ashes to the point that they secured just the third five-nil whitewash in the storied history of the rivalry. However, the tables were emphatica

Flashback: 2 lesser known match-winning knocks from Sachin
Flashback: 2 lesser known match-winning knocks from Sachin

Sachin Tendulkar batting against Australia   The name 'Sachin Tendulkar' is enough to make people crazy in respect, admiration and happiness. That's the impact the great man has had on the game and even after almost 2 years after his retirement from international cricket, he has not lost that spark among his fans and rivals the world over. He was the flag bearer of India’s batting throughout the 90s and th

Jul 12 2015
Steve Waugh - The real warrior
Steve Waugh - The real warrior

Steve Waugh – true fighter There was an occasion in the Wellington Test match in 2000, when many of them felt that it was a ‘miracle’ comeback from Australia against New Zealand. After slumping to 51 for four, Australia posted a formidable 419 runs on the board and displayed a splendid comeback into the Test match. While many of them were surprised by the Aussie response, it shouldn’t have surprised those w

Jul 7 2015
Steven Smith is not a great batsman, says former England spinner Graeme Swann
Steven Smith is not a great batsman, says former England spinner Graeme Swann

Steven Smith during the Australia-West Indies Test series London, June 21: Former spinner Graeme Swann has criticised the technique of Australia's premier batsman Steven Smith and suggested that the prospect of facing the world's number one batsman in a forthcoming Ashes series was not giving England sleepless nights. Swann retired midway through the 2013-14 Ashes but not before dismissing the right-hander three times in 22 innings.

Jun 21 2015
Top 10 Ashes innings in recent history
Top 10 Ashes innings in recent history

Seldom has an object as insignificant as a burnt urn held so much importance as a historical sporting event. The Ashes, one of the most sought after rivalries of the game, unfolds a new chapter in July when Australia visit England with the aim of retaining the coveted urn. This year’s Ashes marks the 10th anniversary of the 2005 series, one of the most riveting and enthralling series in a 133-year timeline. Although a clash

Jun 20 2015
5 worst on-field collisions in cricket
5 worst on-field collisions in cricket

The macabre incident involving Sussex cricketers Rory Burns and Moises Henriques reminds us once again about the lack of safety in contact sports in spite of stringent rules and massively upgraded precautionary measures. It also throws up a hint or two about the frailty of even the best-trained human bodies and the helplessness one feels in the face of inevitability. Let us have a look at a few instances where on-field collisions in the cricket

Jun 20 2015
5 players who changed their style to adapt to the team's needs
5 players who changed their style to adapt to the team's needs

To enjoy a long and fruitful career in professional cricket at the highest level, it is very important for a player to adapt over the years. Adapting one's style is done generally keeping in mind the requirements of the team and gives the player a desired flexibility to continue to ply his trade at the top level. Especially, in a team sport, a player needs to be flexible since he can never take his spot for granted. Here are five top players

Jun 20 2015
10 less gifted cricketers who became legends
10 less gifted cricketers who became legends

It is hard not to romanticise a game like cricket. There is so much involved at so many different levels, you cannot quite put your finger on just one aspect that you could do with or without. Some players were gifted with a lot of talent and very little temperament. Some were not naturally gifted. They didn’t come with a silken touch or natural swing. Yet, would you really call them not gifted because some of them went on to become legend

Jun 15 2015
10 Australian players who failed to live up to their potential
10 Australian players who failed to live up to their potential

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

Jun 13 2015
5 most iconic Test matches between Australia and West Indies
5 most iconic Test matches between Australia and West Indies

The trophy on display The Frank Worrell trophy is awarded to the winner of the West Indies – Australia Test series in cricket. The trophy is named after former West Indian captain Sir Frank Worrell and was first awarded at the end of the 1960-61 series. The trophy was designed by a professional jeweler and former Australian Test cricketer Ernie McCormick. The ball used during the Tied Test between West Indies and Australia of the

Jun 11 2015
Stats: 10 most successful ODI captains of all time
Stats: 10 most successful ODI captains of all time

Ricky Ponting with his two World Cup trophies as a captain Australia’s Ricky Ponting leads the chart of most successful One-Day International (ODI) captains, followed by South African Hansie Cronje and his compatriot Steve Waugh. The ranks were given on the basis of players leading his team in minimum 100 matches as a captain. Interestingly, Ponting is also the player who has captained a side for the most number of ODI matches (230)

Jun 4 2015
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