This Ashes series has been sheer theatre so far. Mitchell Johnson has been the star of the show, but he has been ably supported by a cast of heroes in baggy green caps, and the tourists are staring down an all-but impossible task if they are to retain the Ashes. To make matters worse for Alistair Cook and his English side, the next stop in the series is the WACA, and a Perth pitch famous for Read the rest of this entry »Read more »
Aussie fans have high standards. Maybe it’s because of the era we’ve just been through, when Warne, Ponting, McGrath, Hayden and the rest bossed international cricket, turning in incredible performance in game after game. So the past couple of years have been hard. Especially an Ashes tour of England that Read the rest of this entry »Read more »
It’s been a long ten days. Funny, but it didn’t seem like there was such a long gap between Tests when Australia were touring England, and all the momentum was with the hosts. With so much to do between Tests to find a way to win, Michael Clarke must have felt like there just weren’t enough hours before the next coin toss. And now it’s the other way around – Australia would likely have been happy to Read the rest of this entry »Read more »
The Gabba Test was all about Midge. Few would deny that Brad Haddin’s knock to turn the Test in Australia’s favour was the work of a true competitor. And Michael Clarke’s ton in the second innings did more than put the hosts in a position to win the series opener – there were more than a few nerves settled by the sight of the Aussie skipper in the runs again. But it was Read the rest of this entry »Read more »
We were saying it long before the series started: one of the key battles of this Ashes contest would be between the two captains, Alistair Cook and Michael Clarke. Whatever way you look at it, they’re lining up to be absolutely crucial to the outcome.
They both Read the rest of this entry »Read more »
What a first Test! There was plenty of talking before the game, and on the first day there were worrying signs, but from Brad Haddin’s knock in the first innings onwards, it was Australia doing all the walking, and in the end it was a Mitchell Johnson performance that has got Aussie cricket fans more excited than Read the rest of this entry »Read more »
It’s almost here: the England and Australia teams will run out onto the Gabba turf tomorrow morning, and another Ashes series will be underway. But how will the first session go, and which side will take the early initiative?
The early exchanges, the consensus seems to be, will be absolutely crucial. It’s an old truism that Read the rest of this entry »Read more »
With the international friendly / World Cup playoff break firmly done and dusted, we return to our favourite European league and our free tips. It is time to make some money! Read the rest of this entry »Read more »
He might not have come home from the trip to India with everything he wanted, but the way that George Bailey batted, and the way that he captained a side that performed very well, have left him with plenty of supporters here in Australia. He’s been rewarded with Read the rest of this entry »Read more »
We’ll be watching the first over of the Ashes series, which kicks off in Brisbane on the 21st November. It’ll probably not be the most interesting sporting spectacle of the day, let alone of the series. But you just have to watch that first ball, even if it’s well wide of off stump and sensibly let go by whoever is opening the batting.
And we’ll be looking to put a bet or two down for the Ashes series, and for each Test Read the rest of this entry »Read more »