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India will be the real test for Pat Cummins

Cummins has shown he's a good captain who learned fast in demanding conditions in Pakistan. He'll be facing a much tougher team with a more cagey captain in Rohit Sharma when Australia tour India. That series will be a searching test of Cummins' leadership and a good guide to what Australia have learned under a Test captain on the rise.

Australia conquer Pakistan

Australia, deservingly, won the Test series in Pakistan. The Pakistanis prepared tracks to negate Australia's strength and the strategy remained the same throughout the series whereas, Australia kept on pushing hard and maintained their attacking intent and when a team shuns their defensive mindset, they are bound to reap a rich harvest.

Babar Azam the Tiger

196 runs off 425 balls are just numbers that can't justify the resolve, guts and technical efficiencies Babar displayed for two days amid the hot and humid conditions at Karachi. Numbers cannot judge a Tiger – numbers cannot measure the sacrifice during the battle between bat and ball, numbers become irrelevant in front of a leader. Babar’s epic vigil is not just all about numbers, rather, it’s a tribute o the warriors, who rise above the rest and let everyone know, the Baburs still exist.  

Pakistan survive the Australian scare at Karachi

If the Test match at Rawalpindi was a stalemate then the one at Karachi just burst into life. It produced moments to saviour and it started to build into a nail-biter as the day progressed.

A dull end at Rawalpindi on a dead deck

The good thing was, finally, the Test series between Pakistan and Australia went ahead after 24 years on Pakistani soil and the frustrating matter was the way the highly anticipated Test ended – the dead deck really spoiled all the excitement where the bowlers toiled hard and bat dominated as if cricket is just a batsman’s world.

The relentless fight for glory

The visit by the Australian Cricket team to Pakistan adumbrates a new era in annals of the relentless flight for glory between two spirited rivals and enables a whole new generation of fans to watch it in person for the very first time ever. 

The time to tour Pakistan is tomorrow

I do hope that Australia will not cry off from the nation’s first cricketing tour of Pakistan in over two decades. Pakistan, in particular, deserve to host a full-strength Australian team, having had to play almost all of their cricket in the UAE for the past decade

Abid Ali and Mohammad Rizwan: Pakistan need to nurture them

"The match fulfilled Pakistan’s quest for filtering the talents for near and mid-term future and both, Abid and Rizwan, will be the players to watch out for and when they get the opportunity" Can you ask for a better start...

Mohammad Amir’s slump in ODI cricket

"Hence, time is running out for Amir. After the disappointing show in the first ODI against Australia, he’s now been dropped for two games in a row" In recent times, when we talk about Mohammad Amir, it’s often the spell...

Pakistan failing to deliver on their own tactics

"Pakistan can take heart from the fact that they have the best pace bowling average in the English conditions (30.66) since the last World Cup but they need to buckle up the other two facets of their game i.e....

Australia’s World Cup combination gets trickier as Khawaja continues to deliver

"From struggling to build a competitive batting line-up to selection headache for the World Cup, the 5-time world champions Australia have come a long way" David Warner certainly was a bundle of nerves before his comeback match in India's T20...

Nathan Lyon’s fading white-ball returns need some serious scrutiny

"Lyon can’t and should not make it to the World Cup squad just because of his good economy rate. His poor returns this year demand thorough scrutiny and the two alternatives suggested above need to be considered" Modern-day cricket has...

Australian pieces finally settling in before the World Cup

"Batting checked, spinners checked and fast bowling ever so menacing. Australia are peaking just at the right time" There is something extra-humane about the relationship of Australia with the World Cups which is beyond the comprehension of normal cricketing minds....

Aaron Finch roars back with a solid ton

"David Warner and Steve Smith will be back and there will be a minor rejig. But Finch ain’t going anywhere. He is still Australia’s premier white-ball batsman and his form is going to be crucial in the World Cup" There’s...
Sarfraz Ahmed

Sarfraz Ahmed was bold and aggressive, Pakistan reap a rich harvest in Abu Dhabi

Sarfraz rethought his strategies at Dubai and struck gold for Pakistan……. Pakistan cricket was in an absolute jeopardy in 2010. The spot-fixing saga brought nothing but miseries to a nation, which already in a haphazard state due to a devastating...
Mohammad Abbas

Abbas en route a spot in Pakistan’s fast bowling folklore but PCB need to...

"If he indeed does follow what he is preaching and if the PCB can preserve him, knowing how integral he will be during the Test Championship, we can all expect a roaring Abbas to grab our attention with his...
Aaron Finch

Aaron Finch’s promising start to Test cricket a silver lining for Australia despite series...

"After such a promising outing against Pakistan, Aaron Finch has high chances of reinventing himself as a Test player, despite his age being on the wrong side of the 30s"  Australia might well have lost their series against Pakistan. They...
Azhar Ali run out

Two run-outs, two different reactions

"In reserving different modes of response to different sides, a disparity has seemed to crop up against the Asian sides, where they will either be ridiculed or judged, whilst the SENA countries are often let off with milder reactions...
Olly Stone England

Olly Stone, a promising find England sorely needed

"These are quite early days but the young seamer has everything England need in this One Day setup. If he can merely live up to his reputation in the domestic circuit, Stone isn't going anywhere else" He has only played...
Mohammad Abbas of Pakistan reacts during day two of the Second Test match between Australia and Pakista

Mohammad Abbas skittles out Australia with yet another promising show

"The reason for Abbas’ brilliant bowling on the day was his keenness to stick to a good line as well as a good length" Australia may have been mightily pleased with their dominance on the first day of the second...


Real Madrid are the champions of Champions League

It felt like one of those old flicks they show on Saturday afternoons in which the gang successfully gets together for one final, big heist. Except, even without Mbappe, you suspect this won't be their last -- not when there's a guy like Ancelotti, one of the few men who can pull off the cardigan-cigar-shades combination and lead a team in transition to a league and cup double. Not with young guns - Vinicius, Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga, Rodrygo - already with the "big one" under their belt. Not with Courtois, in the prime of his career, staking a claim as the world's No. 1 between the posts and getting a few things off his chest. ("We showed again who is the King of Europe.")

14 for Real Madrid