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.

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Can Owen revive career at Manchester United?

July 3, 2009

On the face of it, replacing world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo with an injury-prone forward whose side just got relegated does not seem like a great bit of business.

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.

Feeble England still can’t get to grips with Twenty20

June 17, 2009

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England may argue that they were unlucky to exit the World Twenty20 following a five-wicket defeat by West Indies but the simple truth is that they batted poorly throughout the tournament.

India caught short by England in Twenty20 World Cup

June 15, 2009

India's Yusuf Pathan gets ready for the final over of the match against England in the ICC World Twenty20 cricket super eight match in London

In the end, few would have missed the irony. England, their feeble limited overs credentials torn apart after their opening defeat against Netherlands, knocking out holders India from the World Twenty20 with a brilliant execution of strategy.

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.