Flintoff decision could be blessing in disguise for England

July 15, 2009

There is no doubt England will miss Andrew Flintoff’s never-say-die attitude, enthusiasm and willpower he brings to the dressing room, but the team could end up being more settled following his test retirement after the Ashes.

Weary Flintoff to quit tests after Ashes

July 15, 2009

Years of injury problems have led England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff to announce his retirement from test cricket once his participation in the Ashes series with Australia is over.

Ashes day 4: England had no luck, and nor did they deserve it

July 11, 2009

CRICKET-ASHES/For a third day in row England’s demoralised bowlers wheeled away with all the luck of someone who’s just walked across the path a black cat and smashed a mirror while walking under a ladder.

Will the Welsh rain save England in first Ashes test?

July 10, 2009

England breathed a sigh of relief as the rains came to Cardiff on day three of the first Ashes test and spared the blushing bowlers any more punishment from their Australian tormentors.

England need the new ball to swing like the Sixties

July 9, 2009

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End of day two: Australia 249 for one in reply to England’s 435 all out.

What a difference a day makes. If Wednesday’s cricket was a breathtaking rollercoaster ride then day 2 was more like a gentle twirl on the teacups followed by a night in reading War and Peace.

Ashes day one: advantage Australia?

July 8, 2009

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What an extraordinary first day of Test match cricket, even by Ashes standards. A day that ebbed and flowed, that tormented and teased both sets of supporters and ultimately left us with the question: where does the balance of this match lie?

England make second-tier Aussie attack look too good

July 8, 2009

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Australia have no Shane Warne, no Glenn McGrath, no Brett Lee and no Stuart Clark, yet England still managed to lose three wickets on the opening morning of the first Ashes Test and failed to take the sort of grip on the match, and the series, that was there for the taking.

To spin or not to spin? Australia’s crucial Ashes question

July 7, 2009

hauritzAustralia captain Ricky Ponting will be praying that the rumours of a sideways turning Cardiff wicket prove to be complete fallacy when the Ashes series begins on Wednesday.

Australia are the Ashes favourites but losing Lee is a blow

July 6, 2009

flintoffEngland’s cricketers face a monumental task if they are to regain the Ashes they surrendered so meekly in 2006/07. Forget 2005 for a moment and take a longer-term view. Since the turn of the 20th Century, England have managed just 17 victories in Ashes series, compared to Australia’s 30, as they have regularly been confounded technically and mentally.

Graceful Vaughan lays down bat for a new generation

June 30, 2009

Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan has confirmed the recent rumours and announced his immediate retirement from all cricket.