from Left field:

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.

from Left field:

Cricket World Cup — live

March 24, 2011

Join us for coverage of the revamped Cricket World Cup on the subcontinent. Follow all the drama here with regular posts and some of the best photographs around. Comments welcome!

from Left field:

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.

from Left field:

English cricket celebrates a coming of age

January 7, 2011

CRICKET-ASHES/England's cricketers wrapped up a 3-1 series victory against Australia in Sydney on Friday and held aloft the little Ashes urn for the first time in 24 years on Australian soil.

from Left field:

Collingwood exit gives England test dilemma

January 6, 2011

CRICKET-ASHES/The retirement of Paul Collingwood from England’s test team was beautifully timed, leaving the selectors with the dilemma of who to replace the versatile batsman but with a long time to contemplate the decision and from a pretty lofty perch.

from Left field:

A test comeback for Warne? Australia are not that desperate

December 9, 2010

CRICKET-ASHES/"Bowling, Shane" are not words English batsmen would want to hear ever again, but how would the Australians react to Shane Warne making an astonishing return to answer his nation's plea for help in the wake of the second test defeat to the 'Poms'?

from Reuters Soccer Blog:

FIFA’s World Cup decision day — live

December 1, 2010

We'll be following all the presentations and the vote itself as FIFA's executive committee decides on the hosts for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

from Left field:

Downbeat but not out — an England fan at the Ashes

November 25, 2010

CRICKET-ASHES/England have been in far worse positions at the end of a first Ashes test in Brisbane. Although being bowled out for 260 is far from ideal Andrew Strauss's team should believe they are still in this contest.

from Left field:

England are confident but will the Ashes dream go up in smoke again?

November 22, 2010

CRICKET-ASHES/With Australia's current cricket team seemingly keen on proving they can be just as hopeless as any cricket team England produced circa 1990-2000, what better time to go Down Under and watch England defend the Ashes?

from Left field:

Monty’s back but England Ashes hopes rest on Swann

September 23, 2010

CRICKET-ENGLAND/England's commitment to a four-man attack for their Ashes defence in Australia this year has directly influenced the decision to recall left-arm spinner Monty Panesar.