Boxing Day Test- Day Two

Despite an improved Australian bowling attack, the English all but nailed the sorry Aussie coffin. Peter Siddle carried the Australian bowling brigade with admirable support from the wicketless Hilfenhaus and Harris. Siddle bowled a disciplined line with controlled aggression. Despite the fact that his wicket celebrations resembled more of a Collingwood footballer kicking a bag…

The perfect day

Infront of 84,000 people at the MCG, the English exposed a miserable Australian top order. The optimists would blame Australia’s performance on too much plum-pudde on Christmas day. But in reality, Australia’s embarrassing 98 first innings total revealed a deeper rot that has slowly lodged itself in Australian cricket. Their performance was rot. Their attitude…

All roads lead…

All roads lead to the mightiest of all stadiums. Just as the gladiators fought and scrapped for their lives in-front of a futile Roman crowd, two old foes will battle it out on the Melbourne colosseum for the most precious prize of all- the Ashes Urn. Nearly three months ago, Melbournians witnessed an epic and riveting…

Series alive

Mitch Johnson and Australia found their swagger while England stumbled on a dramatic day two. The wayward and sometimes intolerable Johnson re-ignited his Test career in stunning circumstances. The Australian selectors keep spinning the line that Johnson is their match winner. In a rarity, those much criticised men were proved accurate. For the first time…

Leadership?

An empire doesn’t collapse over night. Over an astonishing 15 year period, the all conquering Australian cricket team bullied and bashed opposition foes into submission on a ruthless and consistent basis. When a team or player dared to challenge such a talented lot, the ball would be thrusted over to the deadly duo of McGrath…

Change all to late

The English cricket team can all but shut the books on the outcome of the series with just one dominant morning session tomorrow morning on a fast WACCA pitch. As the series currently stands, the Australians are a confused and uninspired lot, while the English are a focussed and ambitious unit who have failed to…

Casualties cause headaches

England swept through the Australian batting order with little resistance to claim a commanding one- nil lead in the series. Yet, as it often happens, all the attention now turns to the most pivotal Test match for the series. The Perth Test is shaping to be the defining moment for both desperate foes. Despite the…