Collingwood exit gives England test dilemma

January 6, 2011

CRICKET-ASHES/The retirement of Paul Collingwood from England’s test team was beautifully timed, leaving the selectors with the dilemma of who to replace the versatile batsman but with a long time to contemplate the decision and from a pretty lofty perch.

England close to retaining Ashes but eyes should be on bigger prize

December 28, 2010

CRICKET-ASHES/England moved closer to bringing the Ashes back from Australia for the first time in 24 years on Tuesday as they reduced the battered hosts to 169-6 at stumps on day three of the fourth test, needing just four more wickets to wrap up victory and still with a lead of 246.

Oh, what to do about the Colly wobbles

December 24, 2010

CRICKET-ASHES/With the fourth test steaming up on us like Santa’s sleigh with an inebriated Rudolf at the helm, time is running out for England to decide on what to do about a problem like Paul Collingwood.

Doctor’s orders mean changes for Australia but belief is key

December 15, 2010

CRICKET-ASHES/Did somebody call for a doctor? A psychiatrist more like! A serious amount of surgery is needed on the Australian cricket team to help them turn around their fortunes in the third Ashes test starting on Thursday.

Where have all the Australian Ashes fans gone?

December 15, 2010

CRICKET-ASHES/The ticking sound that could be heard at the Adelaide Oval during the final day of the second Ashes test earlier this month was not the sound of time ebbing away for Australia’s war weary batsmen, but literally that of the clock at the back of the main stand.

A test comeback for Warne? Australia are not that desperate

December 9, 2010

CRICKET-ASHES/“Bowling, Shane” are not words English batsmen would want to hear ever again, but how would the Australians react to Shane Warne making an astonishing return to answer his nation’s plea for help in the wake of the second test defeat to the ‘Poms’?

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FIFA’s World Cup decision day — live

December 1, 2010

We'll be following all the presentations and the vote itself as FIFA's executive committee decides on the hosts for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Downbeat but not out — an England fan at the Ashes

November 25, 2010

CRICKET-ASHES/England have been in far worse positions at the end of a first Ashes test in Brisbane. Although being bowled out for 260 is far from ideal Andrew Strauss’s team should believe they are still in this contest.

England are confident but will the Ashes dream go up in smoke again?

November 22, 2010

CRICKET-ASHES/With Australia’s current cricket team seemingly keen on proving they can be just as hopeless as any cricket team England produced circa 1990-2000, what better time to go Down Under and watch England defend the Ashes?

The Sachin Tendulkar jinx

October 13, 2010

India's Sachin Tendulkar is bowled by Australia's Peter George for 214 runs during the fourth day of the second cricket test match in Bangalore October 12, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

In getting out to debutant Peter George of Australia in the second cricket test at Bangalore, India’s Sachin Tendulkar has established another test record.