Ponting’s success blighted by Ashes defeats

March 29, 2011

CRICKET-AUSTRALIA/PONTINGRespected but seldom loved at home, admired but also reviled abroad, Ricky Ponting led Australia to great success but his captaincy will ultimately be defined by three lost Ashes series.

The tough, single-minded Tasmanian
always put the team first and that, he said, had prompted him to stand down after nine years in charge of the Australia one-day team and seven as test skipper on Tuesday.

Watson the man to lead Australia rebuilding

January 14, 2011

CRICKET-ASHES/The cornerstone of Australia’s past and many successes was often their stubbornness and competitiveness but with the nation at an all time low the new way forward is honesty and the equation is a basic one.

Momentum the key to World Cup success for England’s cricketers

January 13, 2011

AUSTRALIA-Look away now Australian cricket fans, this one’s going to hurt like a cricket bat to the groin. Their team has carried their abject 2010 form into 2011 by slumping to another defeat to a rampant England side but this time in Twenty20 rather than tests.

England break 24-year duck with Ashes triumph

December 29, 2010

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11.53am local time on December 29, 2010 at Melbourne Cricket Ground.  It’s the moment England cricket fans have waited nearly a quarter of a century for.  The Ashes are won/retained in Australia.

England on the brink of famous triumph

December 28, 2010

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Ricky Ponting made the long, lonely walk back to the dressing room after another Ashes failure on Tuesday as England moved to the brink of a famous triumph at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

England coast while Ponting rows with Dar

December 27, 2010

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England should now win the Melbourne test and retain the Ashes after taking a commanding first innings lead of 346 runs after batting through day two of the fourth test.   

England enjoy a perfect day at MCG

December 26, 2010

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England gave the perfect response to those who had written them off  after the 267-run drubbing in Perth with a day of absolute dominance in front of 84,345 fans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday.

Authoritative Australia fashionably late to Ashes party

December 20, 2010

CRICKET-ASHES/Congratulations to Australia for finally coming to the Ashes party. As humiliating as the innings loss was in Adelaide, to level the series in such emphatic style with a 267-run win in Perth has re-asserted some authority over the old enemy.

Aussies trounce England, Ashes series all square

December 19, 2010

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Well there it is. Australia thrash England by 267 runs in Perth and the Ashes series is all square at 1-1 with two tests to go in Melbourne and Sydney.

Johnson gives Australia new belief

December 17, 2010

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It would be difficult to overestimate the importance of Mitchell Johnson’s display on day two of the third Ashes test.  Australia had all but given up on the Ashes after England bowled them out for 268 on day one. The post mortem had started and the main topic of discussion was about who could or would replace Ricky Ponting as skipper.