A Legacy Series

The upcoming Ashes Series has been misunderstood by the average pundit and commentator. This series will not be primarily about Australia’s belligerently incompetent batting or sports love affair with a “David vs Goliath” story. Instead this series is about a lone champion, Michael Clarke, attempting to carve perhaps his final and most absolute legacy upon…

Unexpected dividends

The Australian selectors unorthodox decision to field six batsmen and five bowlers for the Sydney Test has paid unexpected dividends for the Australian XI. The Sri Lankan middle order saw to it that the much maligned Australian selectors wouldn’t have to defend their selected XI as they played with brazen carelessness and ineptitude. Yet, the benefit…

Put up or shut up

Time for talk is over in the Australian camp. Over the last few weeks there has been repetitive dribble coming from both players and administrators. Mitchell Johnson claims “he is ready” to lead the Australian bowling attack and being the “man” again. Phil Hughes claims (on SEN Radio) that his 12 months out of the…

Cracks revealed

Alas, South Africa found a way to crack Australia’s top six and take firm control over the series. Some may have suspected it and others may have been blindsided by Australia’s scores streaking above 500 but Australia’s batting has been fragile since the Hayden and Langer era. Why has Australia been able to grind the…

Ponting’s ODI career comes to a close

Alas, the decision that we all saw coming has finally arrived. Ricky Ponting’s highly decorated one day international career has finally come to a close after “stepping down” or sacked or given a little push out the door- phrase it however you like. Ponting has cemented himself in the top three greatest Australian one day…

End is near

The question is not if but when for Ricky Ponting. Australia’s most decorated batsman behind Sir Don must face the reality of retiring before the firing squad catch him. And quickly. Ponting’s rough stretch with the bat has continued in South Africa with scores of 8,0 and 0.  Mind you the rest of the Aussies…

The Allan Border Medal

The Allan Border Medal is a celebration of Australian cricket and individual performances. Yet, last night’s ceremony re-enforced Australia’s miserable state. Shane Watson claimed back to back Allan Border Medals. He is now justifiably Australia’s best and most valuable player. Watson steadies the ship at the top of the order and provides much needed relief for…