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Calamity in Cape Town

November 14, 2011 Leave a comment

My oh my. Australians all over the country are still sitting there, wondering what in the world happened in the First Test against South Africa. Even more so, they are wondering who is to blame in all this. Is it the selectors for not stopping the rot earlier and cleaning out the whole line-up rather than simply the only batsman scoring runs? Is it the players themselves for simply throwing in the towel and not even attempting to counter the swinging ball? Or was it simply that the South African bowling attack had their big moment, and were too good for the Australians? Read more…

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The Summer of Cricket – Part Two South Africa

November 7, 2011 1 comment

As the home summer season edges closer, we have a bumped Test series between South Africa and Australia, unfortunately limited to just two Tests due to scheduling, but enthralling all the same. After Australia rose one spot in the Test rankings with a series victory over Sri Lanka, they face an even tougher challenge against the best pace attack in the world. How will they go? Will Phil Hughes again dominate the South Africans? Will Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn rip through the Australian top order like they have done with so many other nations? Will Patrick Cummins become the yougest Australian Test debutant since Craig McDermott? Read more…

The Summer of Cricket – Part One Sri Lanka

August 30, 2011 1 comment

So we have the first cricket of the season (I know it’s not summer, but we’ll start here anyway) following the Argus Review, which has shaken up the whole sport, and hopefully made some immediate changes for the better. I’ve decided to do previews of the season, starting with the Sri Lanka tour, then the South African tour, the home tests, and finally the Big Bash. We start in Sri Lanka, and the First Test already has some interesting points coming from it. Read more…

Australia name World Cup squad

January 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Australian selectors have named their final 15 man squad for the World Cup on the sub-continent. Injured skipper Ricky Ponting returns, with Xavier Doherty and Peter Siddle left out from the squad which overcame England at the MCG. Read more…

Australia finally put to bed by world class English

January 7, 2011 Leave a comment

Rain has been unsuccessful in saving Australia from defeat in the 5th Test, with the English claiming the final 3 wickets on the final morning to claim an innings and 83 run victory. A Ashes record score of 644 in the first innings put Australia out of the match, before the pace trio of Jimmy Anderson (3-61), Tim Bresnan (2-51) and Chris Tremlett (3-80) rolled through a feeble Australian batting line up, bowling them out for 281.  Read more…

Johnson and Harris rip through Poms to level the series

December 19, 2010 Leave a comment

Australia have leveled the Ashes series at 1-1 following some fantastic bowling from Mitchell Johnson and Ryan Harris, and strong batting from Mike Hussey.

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Australia look for a taste of the local Beer

December 11, 2010 Leave a comment

Australian selectors have thrown another spanner in the works, selecting unheralded West Australian Michael Beer for the Third Test against England. Beer, who moved to Perth this season after battling away in Melbourne Grade Cricket for years, has played only five first-class matches, with a modest record of 16 wickets at 39.93. Along with this, Beer’s much talked about local knowledge could be limited, having played only three matches at the WACA, and it yet to take more than three wickets in an innings.

Despite one selection shock, the remainder to the changes to the side were quite unsurprising, with Phillip Hughes, Steve Smith, Mitchell Johnson and Ben Hilfenhaus called in to replace the injured Simon Katich, and the dropped Xavier Doherty, Marcus North and Doug Bollinger. Read more…

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