England start badly, career downhill

August 7, 2009

straussAndrew Strauss had a bad start to his day when he and his team mates were evacuated from their hotel at 5 o’clock in the morning because of a fire alarm. Unfortunately, that was just the start of a black Friday for the England captain.After days of assessing the fitness of Andrew Flintoff, Strauss and coach Andy Flower finally decided that the inspirational all-rounder could not be risked in a five-day match and it was announced that he was ruled out of the fourth Ashes test.

Battle-weary Australia need Lee fit and in form

August 4, 2009

brettleeAustralia have far more limited options than England when they consider changes to their
battle-weary side for the fourth Ashes test
 starting on Friday at Headingley, with their main hope of fresh impetus resting on the fitness of Brett Lee.

Ashes analysis: Is there time for a result after the rain?

August 1, 2009

Thunderous rain and the unrelenting inclement conditions are threatening to turn the third Ashes test into a washout rather than the pivotal point of a see-sawing series it should be.

Ashes analysis: England bowlers bounce back in style

July 31, 2009

When England’s bowlers awoke this morning they would have had the sound of stinging criticism ringing in their ears following their poor performance on day one, but how they responded.

Ashes analysis: insipid England fail to keep pressure on Australia

July 31, 2009

CRICKET-ASHES/Whatever momentum England had built up over Australia by scraping a draw in Cardiff and then winning convincingly at Lord’s, slowly ebbed away following an insipid display late on a truncated first day’s play of the third Ashes Test in Edgbaston, as Australia rattled along at almost four and a half runs an over to close the day at 126-1.

How will Pietersen absence affect England?

July 22, 2009

England batsman Kevin Pietersen has been ruled out of the Ashes series after undergoing surgery for an ongoing Achilles tendon injury.

Flintoff again the talisman as England defeat Australia

July 20, 2009

Lord’s rose to its feet to acclaim Andrew Flintoff after his five wickets helped England beat Australia by 115 runs to go 1-0 up in the Ashes series.

Ashes analysis: Any result is possible after more great cricket

July 19, 2009

It takes guts, skill, determination and more than anything patience to win a test match and that is why the longest form of cricket is still one of the greatest challenges that a sportsman can face.

Ashes analysis: Australia crumble as England start to swing

July 17, 2009

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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.