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Another abysmal tour Downunder comes to an end for Pakistan

"Another dismal tour Downunder came to an end. As usual, it would be taken as a big learning curve. The fans and critics only wish, the team learns from this tour"     Pakistan have lost 13 consecutive Test matches in Australia,...

Can Rory Burns be the long term solution to England’s problem with opening slot?

"England have started to realize the value of his determination and patience, which went unnoticed at Pallekele and Bridgetown Barbados. But in each innings, his impact has been felt and perhaps, after the quick-falls of Comptons, Jennings, Robson, and...

Will Pakistan batsmen be inspired by the fightback of Yasir Shah?

“Whether Shan Masood, Asad Shafiq, Iftikhar Ahmed or Mohammad Rizwan would be inspired or not on fourth day only time would tell. But, they should not let down the fighting spirit shown Yasir and Abbas”   Yasir Shah had been reprieved...

David Warner loves batting in Australia

David Warner maybe below-par outside Australia but in Australia, he is simply invincible…..   Four years ago, a fan on Twitter requested David Warner a triple hundred in Test cricket at which Warner replied, “Have you seen my patience haha”. Indeed,...

He is Watling, BJ Watling!

England were on top, but as soon BJ Watling started to exhibit his true nature, they lost their way. New Zealand remain unbeaten at home since 2017 and at Bay Oval, the home team owes a lot to Watling’s...

What’s next for Bangladesh?

Bangladesh have taken humiliation to a whole new level in India. This is not the way a team should fare after spending 19 years in Test cricket…..   What’s next for Bangladesh? This has been one of the commonly asked questions...

The same old story for Pakistan

Pakistan lost at Brisbane and it is nothing new…..   For more than two decades or so, a Pakistan tour to Australia has been nothing but a mere formality. The men in Green would land on Australian soil only to be...

No patience, no fighting spirit. Bangladesh looked pale at Indore

Bangladesh looked pale at Indore. None expected them to win the Test, but expected them to fight back, which, at least, would have helped to earn respect and boost the confidence…..   Abu Jayed bowled with a spirit, with which the...

Victory for England

Victory for England! The series is leveled 2-2. The Ashes has not witnessed a drawn series since 1972 when Ian Chappell's Australia discovered themselves in a familiar position in the fifth Test at the Oval. They were down 2-1, but Dennis Lille,...

Sam Curran, Jofra Archer and Of Course, Steve Smith……

The deck did not offer enough swing, but Sam Curran's persistence with full-length paid off. He created angles while bowling from over the wicket and most importantly, he generated pace to unsettle the Australian batsmen. His inswingers to the...

It was another memorable and classic Ashes Test match

Persistence. Patience. Boldness. Fightback. Attack. Keep on attacking. Keep holding on. Attack again. The final day of the fourth Test at Manchester had been all about this. There was a shade of Leeds. England answered at Leeds, while Australia...

Abdul Qadir is dead: A sad day for cricket

"Qadir was a genius. Number don't justify his abilities, but those who saw him in action would always regard him as one of the best spinners Pakistan have ever produced" Absolutely shocked to know about the death of Abdul Qadir....

Josh Hazlewood makes it Australia’s day

Joe Root's school teacher at primary level in Yorkshire said, while Root batted in school days, he resembled like a tiny Rahul Dravid. It was hard to beat his defence and concentration. At a very young age his composure...

You can’t forget Jack Leach, can you?

You know what, there is nothing to say about Steve Smith. Words fall short to describe a Hercules. has made a come back with a bang and in each Test innings, he is reaching towards greatness. The best deliver...

Australia dominate on Day 1

In a stop-start day Australia dominated. The third wicket stand of 116 between Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschange was a treat for all. Fluency and resolve came together at the wicket and you could just spend whole day watching them...

Pakistan: Misbah-ul-Haq is not the wrong choice

Misbah-ul-Haq has been appointed as the head coach and chief selector of Pakistan for 3 years. I think this is a very good move. Pakistan is a talented unit, but always lacked discipline and stability. They need a good man-manager...
Ian Botham

When Ian Botham made England smile at Old Trafford for the last time

The last time England smiled at Old Trafford against Australia was way back in 1981. Since then Manchester has been a happy hunting ground for Australia. Even when they came close to lose a Test in 2005, in a...

Ben Stokes: The Imran and Botham of modern era

“Ben Stokes is the best allrounder in the world right now. The fans from Bangladesh can talk about Shakib Al Hasan, but mind you, Shakib is more interested in playing limited-overs cricket than Tests. Whereas Stokes takes Test matches...

Trust the defence, play with a straight bat. England hoping for a better outcome

England’s composure with the bat had been much, much better than the first innings. It was an attritional day of Test cricket where England kept the hopes alive. The circumstances demanded to trust the defence and play with a...

No repeat of Brisbane 1985, but it was Hazlewood’s day

Overcast conditions and a bit of grass on the deck prompted New Zealand captain Jeremy Coney to bowl first in the first Test against Australia at Brisbane. Sir Richard Hadlee rolled Australia for 179. Hadlee's figures were 23.4-4-52-9! Except...

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