Where the Ashes will be won and lost

July 8, 2009

With the furore over Cardiff being awarded the first Ashes cricket test still bubbling, here’s a run down on each venue for England v Australia and how the results might pan out.

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.

Is Italy’s rugby trip south the ultimate tour too far?

June 9, 2009

The ‘tour too far’ cliché is often wheeled out by rugby pundits when an outgunned northern hemisphere side travels south to take on Tri-Nations powers.

Will Symonds ever play for Australia again?

June 4, 2009

Australia all-rounder Andrew Symonds is being sent home from the World Twenty20 tournament in England for disciplinary reasons, Cricket Australia (CA) has said.

Dokic is not done yet

May 29, 2009

dokicIf anyone deserves to make a successful comeback to top flight tennis it is Jelena Dokic.

Australia look good but Symonds omission could weigh

May 21, 2009

In an earlier post, Julian Linden argued that Australia’s cricketers have all the firepower needed to retain the Ashes in England despite some relatively new faces in the squad.

England cannot underestimate Australia’s new mix

May 21, 2009

The selection of Australia’s Ashes squad has compounded England’s worst fears. This is a team more than capable of successfully defending the little urn.

Where cricket is concerned, more does not mean better

May 9, 2009

clarkeBright spring sunshine hit Lord’s on Saturday but with England’s first Test against West Indies having finished inside three days there was no one there to enjoy it.