The Ashes

Johnson And Watson Put Australia 200 Ahead

Australia closed day two of the third Ashes Test against England on 119 for three in their second innings - a lead of 200 having bowled England out for 187. Half-centuries from Andrew Strauss and Ian Bell failed to steer England to a big score thanks to Mitchell Johnson's haul of six for 38.
17 December 2010

Ashes Comment: Time For Ponting To Step Aside?

Amit Masram considers whether it is time for Ricky Ponting to give up the Australian captaincy as he bids to return to form with the bat. When Ricky Ponting made his debut for Australia, he was unfortunately given out on 96, missing out on a debut hundred. Commended by Academy coach Rod Marsh, as the best teenage batsman he had ever seen, Ponting began with Tasmania at 17 and reached international standards at a young age for a batsman, making his ODI and Test debuts in 1995 as a 20-year-old...
16 December 2010

Tremlett Celebrates Return To England Side

Fast bowler Chris Tremlett celebrated his return to the England side by taking three for 63 as England dismissed Australia for 268 on the opening day of the third Ashes Test match in Perth.
16 December 2010

Cricket World® TV - Ashes Update - Perth Preview

Cricket TV - John Pennington and Amit Masram look ahead to the third Ashes Test between Australia and England, which gets underway shortly in Perth...
15 December 2010

Smith To Lead Australia's Spin Attack In Perth?

If Australia are to go into the third Ashes Test at Perth with four quick bowlers, as could well be the case, then leg-spinner Steven Smith will be their number one spin-bowling option. That would mean that uncapped left-arm slow bowler Michael Beer would miss out on selection with Australia poised instead to select Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris, Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus.
15 December 2010

Broad's Replacement - Tremlett, Bresnan Or Shahzad?

The loss of Stuart Broad is a huge dent in England's hopes of retaining the Ashes down under. The pace bowler's abdominal injury means he will miss the rest of the series against Australia, a massive blow to England's chances of beating Australia. Daniel Leaton asks which of the three main contenders to replace him could get the nod at the WACA...
14 December 2010

England Aiming For More Ashes Success

England batsman Kevin Pietersen is pictured during England's preparations for the third Ashes Test against Australia in Perth. The right-hander ended what was by his standards a poor run of form with a career-best innings of 227 in the second Test in Adelaide. England went on to win by an innings and 71 runs and lead the five-match series 1-0.
14 December 2010

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


News update - wins for England, Pakistan

'Organised chaos' - Brett Lee on the IPL