Dhawan’s the man as India take 3-0 lead

An improved Australia performance saw them loose in the final hour in a rain reduced game. The kids on the naughty step were heavily missed as Australia struggled in the pace department. Shikar Dhawan and Murli Vijay made the most of this, both hitting big centuries which were pivotal in the Indians victory. A close eye was…

Vastly improved England robbed of win by Cyclone

England’s impressive display over 3 and a half days was a vast improvement on the first test but a washed out last day now leaves the last test as a ‘winner takes all’ contest in Auckland. A valiant hundred from Nick Compton lead England’s assault with the bat as Trott (121), Prior (82) and Pietersen…

Nightwatchmen: The unexpected heros

After Steven Finn’s heroics with his (un-sponsored) bat last week in Dunedin, I put my thoughts back to the best nightwatchman innings of all time, I’m sure you all know who I am talking about. As well as how disappointed thankful James Anderson will be at relinquishing the post. Finn, the 6″8 Middlesex bowler, held out for…

Homeworkgate splits Australian camp

The Dictionary definition says the suffix ‘-gate’ should be used for ‘a public scandal’. With Australia banning 4 players for ‘not doing their homework’, President Nixon has competition for the biggest scandal of modern history. Even rivaling John Terry’s ‘Wife-Bonkinggate’, Oscar Pistorius’ ‘Your-Blades-Are-Too-Longgate’ and of course, not forgetting Alan Stanford’s ‘Stealing-Prickgate’… Australia have dropped two front…

Where’s the atmosphere in Barbados?

25 years ago, tours to the West Indies were the most dangerous and most enjoyable for every top team. The opportunity to take head blows from arguably the fastest bowling attack ever, to bowl at some of the most interesting batsmen of all time and a chance to play in front of the most charismatic crowd the world has…

Australia dominate on Indian soil

Australia’s men’s team may pass their women’s team on the way to India and will aim to replicate their performances as they look for a Test series win in one of the toughest countries to travel to in the world, India. Australia’s Women brought to an end what was a great World Cup with a…