Test of endurance to win back the urn

Australia’s 3½-month tour of duty and discovery in England ends on Monday, but for many in Michael Clarke’s team, and the people managing it, the test of endurance is just beginning. Of the ODI squad that has stayed in England throughout the sodden five-match series, five players – Clarke, Shane Watson, James Faulkner, Phillip Hughes … [Read the full story]

Ozzie batsmen struggle in tour match

Australia’s lacklustre performance against the England Lions might have answered the question of who will bat at No.3 in the fifth Test, but not with any great conviction. Phil Hughes came out at first drop, with incumbent Usman Khawaja dropped well down the order to No.6, in a telling indication of what the latest batting … [Read the full story]

Starc keeps Ashes-saving mission alive

Australia kept their Ashes-saving mission alive and kicking at Old Trafford, with Mitchell Starc rising to take three big England wickets. Needing to win the third Test to avoid a third-straight Ashes series defeat, Australia dug in and toiled hard under trying circumstances on day three to remain in firm control. Starc (3-75) didn’t bowl … [Read the full story]

Top order to be revamped for Lord’s

Australia’s selectors are likely to revamp the top order and the bowling attack for Lord’s as coach Darren Lehmann promised to keep coming back at England after the narrow defeat at Trent Bridge. Lehmann said after the 14-run loss to England at Trent Bridge that Ed Cowan’s spot would come under scrutiny for Lord’s, and … [Read the full story]

Pattinson targets Root for Ashes sledging

As though tensions between England and Australia aren’t high enough ahead of the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge next week (check out the latest Ashes odds with bet365), Aussie paceman James Pattinson has delivered the first verbal blow after revealing opponent Joe Root will come under fire from Australia’s sledge offensive. Cricket betting fans … [Read the full story]

The Ashes in high heels…surely not

In the build-up to the Ashes in the old country, the English are trying to put Australia off their game by spreading the match over three different varieties of cricket…by also allowing the ladies to win the Ashes. In India this would not be allowed. The tremendous fast bowler Bunged Itin could not be bowling … [Read the full story]

Watch for tricks from the Poms in The Ashes

Australia has named their proposed test team to play The Ashes. I have no doubt they will bring back the winnings. Australia have a new team who is young, but has experience…and certain to give their best. Talking of the best, in India we are seeing the last games to be played by the greatest … [Read the full story]

I thought Sledging was an Olympic sport?

India is the spiritual home of all cricketers. Every space in India, young boys and girls are playing the game. But how can Sri Lanka be seeing off the famous Aussies. We are the best in the world with the exception of a few South African batters. England invented the game but they are history. … [Read the full story]

Clarke doubtful for Boxing Day test

Michael Clarke is doubtful for the Melbourne test starting on Wednesday after a hamstring problem forced him to retire hurt while batting on the fourth day of Australia’s 137-run win in the opening match of the series in Hobart. The 31-year-old batsman, who is the leading scorer in tests in 2012 with 1,489 runs, has … [Read the full story]

Australians seem to breed the best jockeys

I have been very upset by the comments received from Aussie racing fans about my racing column. I have many years experience of racing around the world. The best racing in the world is in England. The majesty of Ascot, the enormous size of Goodwood, the bitter cold of Catterick (where there are more cows … [Read the full story]

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