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…

Forge an identity

The English massacre has finally ceased and the Australian spin-doctors are out in force to ease the public’s heightening disillusionment and disgust in their, now, Baggy Green villains. Michael Clarke’s press conference after the Sydney Test read like a school boy’s argumentative essay- inaccurate, bluff and blatantly ignoring the presented facts. Chairman of Selectors Andrew…

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…

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…