Ashes analysis: Australia crumble as England start to swing

July 17, 2009


I’m still unsure as to whether England’s first innings total of 425 is a good score on what is essentially still a flat Lord’s track, but with Australia 156 for 8 at the close of play on the second the home side can be proud of their efforts so far.

England start well but the old batting demons remain

July 16, 2009

There is never a bad Australian side, I keep hearing, and I’m starting to believe it after the tourists put on another display of sheer bloody mindness in another see-sawing day for England’s batsmen and fans, who will be left drained with mixed feelings, while Australian supporters will feel no less tumultuous.

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.

Defiant England escape with draw in first Ashes Test

July 12, 2009


I’m still not quite sure how, but somehow England escaped with a draw from the first Ashes Test against Australia, closing out the fifth day on 252-9, 13 runs ahead of the Aussie total and with no time left for the tourists to bat.

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


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


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


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.