England’s leadership debacle

Alastair Cook’s unusually conservative captaincy terminated England’s dominance over Australia and certainly has done no favours in promoting the game of test cricket. Cook said that he and Coach Andy Flower are still the right combination to drive England forward. Right, so are Dennis Dugan and Adam Sandler. Test cricket can ill-afford to stand still…

The Good and The Bad

Only 20 days ago, I was preparing to write a column about how there was only three sure things about Australian cricket: 1) Mitch Johnson’s claim to be a good cricketer is as legitimate as Lara Bingle’s IQ. 2) I trust the captain of the Costa Concordia more than Cricket Australia. 3) I’m going to…

As it stands

Jimmy Anderson wants to punch George Bailey in the face and Michael Clarke wants Anderson’s arm broken. No, this isn’t some awful WWE wrestling match or even Dave Warner on a Saturday night. What was said and not what was achieved in the first test wrongly dominated the back pages. Australia haven’t hosted a tightly…

Key Observations: Brisbane Test Day Two

Was it English complacency that allowed Australia to break the match wide open in a dramatic middle session? Sure, to a degree. Throw in Mitchell Johnson finally contributing to an Ashes test match, Nathan Lyon actually top-spinning his deliveries and Alastair Cook’s incomprehensibly poor captaincy … and you have Australia in pole position! In the…

Cometh the Warner

Dave Warner’s greatest contribution to Australian cricket in 2013 was landing a right hook to Joe Root’s head at a Birmingham bar, but even that couldn’t derail the Poms. Now, Warner has been gifted the opportunity to regain respect and add another needed storyline to the remaining eight Ashes test matches. Thanks to an innings…

Home Truths

At the home of cricket, home truths will be told and series-telling trends will be established. The first test was filled with bizarre abnormalities and controversial momentum killers. Australia’s number 11 batsmen (Ashton Agar in the first innings & James Pattinson in the second) combined for more runs than any other position and Agar’s 98…