The Ashes

Ashes Comment: Australia Need To Remember

You don't need Sherlock Holmes to pronounce why Australia are trailing 1-0 in the current Ashes series. England have been the superior batting side, tempering down their opposition's attack bit by bit over ten days of cricket. After all it is about taking those 20 wickets and truth be told Ricky Ponting's bowlers might have found it easier to not turn up than bowl like they did in the first two Tests...
14 December 2010

Australia-England Third Ashes Test Preview

Amit Masram looks ahead to the third Ashes Test between Australia and England, which gets underway in Perth on 16th December. Australia, for the first time in recent memory, are looking very vulnerable with many more questions being posed than answers given...
14 December 2010

Prior Hits Century As England Draw Tour Game

Matthew Prior scored an unbeaten century to ensure that England drew their three-day tour match against Victoria at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. After Victoria declared their second innings on their overnight score of 278 for six, England then closed on 211 for six with Prior unbeaten on 102.
12 December 2010

Andrew Strauss - Captain, Batsman, Slip Fielder...Bowler?

Andrew Strauss (right) turns his arm over on day two of England's tour game against Victoria in Melbourne. The touring captain conceded 51 runs in four overs of gentle left-arm medium pace for the cost of one wicket - that of first-innings centurion Michael Hill, who was trapped in front.
11 December 2010

Rare Wicket For Strauss As Victoria Press On

England captain Andrew Strauss scored a half-century and then picked up a rare wicket on day two of his side's three-day tour match against Victoria in Melbourne. England declared on 184 for two after Strauss made 66 and Ian Bell an unbeaten 60 in reply to Victoria's 216 for two declared on the opening day, in which Michael Hill scored an unbeaten 105.
11 December 2010

England Given Hill To Climb In Melbourne

Victoria batsman Michael Hill celebrates his century against the touring England side at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The home side declared their innings on 216 for two before England were reduced to 50 for one at the close of the opening day.
10 December 2010

Cricket World® TV - Australia Ring The Changes

Cricket TV - Reaction and analysis to Australia naming a 12-man squad for the third Ashes Test against England in Perth, dropping three players and drafting in...
10 December 2010

England Pushed Hard By Victorians

England were made to work hard on the opening day of their tour match against Victoria, taking just two wickets and then closing on 50 for one in reply to 216 for two declared. An unbeaten century from Victoria opener Michael Hill and 67 not out from David Hussey steered Victoria into a strong position with Tim Bresnan and Monty Panesar the only England bowlers to take a wicket.
10 December 2010

Woakes Included As England Name ODI Squad

England have named their One-Day International and Twenty20 International squads to take on Australia early next year, with uncapped Warwickshire bowler Chris Woakes earning a call-up. Woakes earns his opportunity partly on the back of impressive performances both for Warwickshire, England Lions and the Performance Squad and also due to the absence through injury of Stuart Broad.
10 December 2010

Bollinger Out, Beer, Smith And Hughes In For Australia

Australia have named a 12-man squad for the third Ashes Test against England, calling up uncapped spinner Michael Beer as a replacement for Xavier Doherty. Middle-order batsman Marcus North has also lost his place as leg-spinner Steven Smith is handed a recall while opener Phillip Hughes has been drafted in to take the place of Simon Katich, who will miss the rest of the series with an Achilles injury.
10 December 2010

Ashes Comment: The Great Australian Bowling Decline

Amit Masram considers the roots and effects of the decline in Australia's bowling stocks, evidenced by their current inability to dismiss England in the Ashes. Australian skipper Ricky Ponting looks jaded by the burden of captaincy sandwiched between his malnourished batting form and team’s bowling woes, is now becoming more pronounced in the absence of strike power...
9 December 2010

Harris Cleared For Perth Ashes Test

Australia have been handed a boost ahead of the third Ashes Test in Perth with the news that fast bowler Ryan Harris will be fit to face England. There were concerns over a shoulder injury that he picked up during the second Test in Adelaide, during his side's innings-and-71-run defeat, but scans have given him the all-clear.
9 December 2010

Cricket World® TV - Ashes Update - England Win Big

Cricket TV - A look back at England's Ashes victory over Australia in Adelaide which put them 1-0 up in the five-match series. A superb all-round performance saw them beat their rivals by an innings and 71 runs.
7 December 2010

Achilles Injury Sidelines Simon Katich

Australian opening batsman Simon Katich is unlikely to take any further part in the Ashes series after he suffered an Achilles tendon injury during the second Test against England in Adelaide. "Simon Katich has struggled through the second Test match with an achilles tendon injury that became increasingly painful during the fielding innings," Cricket Australia physio Alex Kountouris said.
7 December 2010

Stomach Injury Ends Broad's Ashes Campaign

England all-rounder Stuart Broad has been ruled out of the rest of the Ashes series in Australia after he tore an abdominal muscle during the second Test in Adelaide. Broad suffered the injury during England's innings-and-71-run win and was unable to bowl in the second innings.
7 December 2010

England Hand Australia Innings Defeat

England dismissed Australia for 304 in their second innings to wrap up a convincing innings-and-71-run victory on the final day of the second Ashes Test match in Adelaide. The threat of rain never materialised and Australia were well beaten as off-spinner Graeme Swann picked up five for 91 to hand England a 1-0 series lead with three matches remaining.
7 December 2010

Australia Five Down As They Battle To Save Test

England will take a lead of 137 into the final day of the second Ashes Test match in Adelaide after they reduced Australia to 238 for four in their second innings. Michael Clarke fell for 80 from the last ball before stumps on day four, which opened with England batting on and eventually declaring on 620 for five in their first innings.
6 December 2010

Pietersen Goes Big As England Dominate

England built a commanding lead of 306 runs over Australia on day three of the second Ashes Test in Adelaide after Kevin Pietersen batted through the day to reach 213 not out. His first century in 17 Tests enabled England to close on 551 for four in reply to Australia's first-innings effort of 245 as England lost just two wickets during the day's play.
5 December 2010

Cook, Trott And Pietersen Hand England Lead

Alastair Cook's second Ashes century in as many innings, allied with half-centuries from Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen, helped England surge clear of Australia on day two of the second Test in Adelaide. Cook was unbeaten on 136 as England closed the day on 317 for two - a lead of 72 - having dominated proceedings despite losing Andrew Strauss to the third ball of the day in reply to Australia's 245.
4 December 2010

England Make Flying Start To Adelaide Test

Australia became the first side since 1997 to be bowled out on the opening day of a Test match in Adelaide as England made an inspired start to the second Ashes Test match. After Australia won the toss and decided to bat first, they were reeling at nought for two and then two for three as England exploited favourable conditions before half-centuries from Shane Watson, Michael Hussey and Brad Haddin helped them recover to a degree but they were still bowled out for 245 with England closing the day on one without loss in their reply.
3 December 2010


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