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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...

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...
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...

It was all about rhythm at Leeds on Day 1

It is all about rhythm. Rhythm matters everywhere. For a singer or musician, it is a must. In life, it is hugely important. Whereas in sports it is a vital cog and in cricket, you can’t but accept it’s...

What a day it has been at Lord’s!

What were you doing when a predator named Jofra Archer was running to hunt for prey? What were you doing when the first-ever concussion substitute in the history of Test cricket - Marnus Labuschagne was hit and then stood...

Nothing matches the joy of watching a fast bowler in full flow

"They still love to watch a fast bowler in action. Cricket is not just boundaries and sixes, a fast bowler running in and ratting or bouncing the batters out are much more entertaining than power-hitting" The first time I experienced...

Steve Smith is the Marvel Hero

There was a battle between a raw fast bowler and the best batsman in the world. The Jofra Archer and Steve Smith show was a reminiscence of that Allan Donald vs Michael Atherton one at Trent Bridge in 1998....

258 is a fighting total

The track at Lord's provided the bowlers with the opportunity to exhibit their skills at which they are well-equipped. While Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins kept the length more on the goodish and shortish outside off, Stuart Broad and Jofra...

Australia break the jinx at Edgbaston

Since 2014, England have not lost a Test in Edgbaston whereas, since 2001, Australia have not beaten England on this venue in any format. Even Australia's start was so shaky in the first innings that it seemed England's domination...

Steve Smith exhibits his class, yet again

Gradually, Steve Smith reaching towards greatness. Yet again, he proved his worth and class at Edgbaston....  It's not like that England have not studied the weaknesses of Steve Smith, but still in the first and second innings, the English bowlers...

Joe Root needs to have faith in Moeen Ali on Day 4

The way the Edgbaston deck behaved yesterday, it is indicating that spin would play a huge role. The track is offering slow turn and plenty of drift for finger spinners. In that sense, Moeen Ali and Nathan Lyon should...

On the batting style of Rory Burns

Funky back lift. Quite a susceptible footwork. Stance changes against spin, which you can't explain why he did such. Not fully authoritative outside the offstump. But still, Rory Burns has played the role of a sheet anchor to keep the...

Steve Smith and his awareness about offstump

How pitiful it would've been for Australia if Steve Smith did not decide to challenge the onfield umpire's lbw decision! A Stuart Broad delivery pitched outside offstump and then nipped-back-in to hit the pads of Smith's back leg. On nacked...

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