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Australia keep the faith in Pat Cummins and Steve Smith

Cricket Australia declared their new captain and vice-captain for the upcoming Ashes and for the first time in 65 years, Cummins would be the first specialist fast bowler to captain Australia’s men’s Test side since Ray Lindwall served the role in one match in 1956. Medium-pace all-rounders Monty Noble and Jack Ryder captained the side in the early 1900s.

Hungry for more

In Test cricket, a strong batting lineup will fetch runs while a dominating bowling attack will gift wicket and a wicket-taking bowling-attack is mandatory to win a Test match. A team has to pick 20 wickets for a win,...

Australia’s silent assassin

The stage for a thrilling final day was set at Adelaide with England having an outside chance of squaring the series. After an action-packed fourth day, the Test was evenly poised between both the sides. Test cricket was at...
Joe Root

Joe Root’s ‘Kohli-esque’ innings

When Joe Root was at the crease trying to save the second Ashes Test for England, Virat Kohli, on the other part of the world, had just struck a sixth double century. While a score of 51 of Root's...

A whitewash does look imminent

It took 17 balls for the bubbles of rosy hope to burst. For one delightful day, England had dared to dream. James Anderson had picked up the only five-wicket haul in the 30 innings he had bowled in Australia. The...
Peter Handscomb

Is the axe looming over Peter Handscomb?

‘Technique is a servant, not the master’. It is often said one just needs to develop a technique that works for him. Having said so, a weakness in one’s technique is also bound to get exposed and exploited. A...

Nathan Lyon relishing the bitter challenge that England present him

Growing up as a child in New South Wales, Nathan Lyon’s hate-affair with England had reached such crescendos that even when he indulged in a game of cricket with his brother in their backyard, the “team” that would lose...
Chris Woakes of England celebrates taking the wicket of David Warner

Chris Woakes: England’s standout player amidst poor show in Adelaide

Chris Woakes - the member of the England team who has executed every plan that was made around him. The first Test in Brisbane was pathetic in overall for England, but they have taken a few steps toward improvement...

Blinders History of The Ashes Part 20: 1907-08 Much Ignored Series of Scintillating Cricket

(click on image to enlarge) Blinders – History of The Ashes in Comic Strips Part 20: 1907-08, A much ignored series of scintillating cricket Concept – Arunabha Artwork – Maha The complete History of The Ashes in Comic Strips

The four quick wickets have brought England back in the game, but only just

At long last, James Anderson has produced a spell with the new ball which has made the opposition hop. 11 probing overs the veteran paceman sent down produced 2 wickets for just 18. Cameron Bancroft feathered an outswinger and...
James Anderson

James Anderson discovers his zone at Adelaide

In Test cricket, watching a bowler making the red cherry talk is undoubtedly one of the pleasant things to watch. Swing bowling is an art, which very few have managed to master. It’s almost like a magic, moving the...
England players

Where do England’s bowling champions disappear overseas?

James Anderson and Stuart Broad share 899 Test wickets between them. Not a lot of fast bowling pairs in modern day cricket boast of such outrageous numbers in Test cricket. The sheer experience they bring to the table was...
Shawn Marsh

Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine silence crictics, at least for a while

Steven Smith, from the dugout, raised his index finger signalling for the Australians to bat for one final over before they declared the innings on Day two at Adelaide. Shaun Marsh and Nathan Lyon were at the crease with...
Alastrair Cook

Alastair Cook’s performance matters a great deal to the England side

There are pitfalls into which visiting teams can fall very easily during long, arduous tours. Away from the comforts of a familiar sight, sounds, climate, conditions, food, friends, people and pitch; early setbacks can fast-track the side into despondency. It...
James Anderson

How England wasted the new ball in Adelaide

A greenish looking fresh Day 1 pitch. Pink ball. Overcast conditions with occasional rain and a lot of moisture in the air. If I was a new ball bowler, I would have been licking my lips. Well, I am sure James...

Overton reaps reward after Anderson-Broad get into Smith’s head

Steve Smith is the finest testament to the saying - ‘Technique is a servant, not the master’. He is a demonstration of the fact that, one just needs to develop a technique that would work for him. Is there...

England will be satisfied after Day 1 at Adelaide

Success is the sole earthly judge of right and wrong. It’s a line from Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler, but the words ring through regardless of the evil source. In the Brisbane Test, Steve Smith worked his way to a magnificent...
Vince Malan

Vince, Malan and Stoneman: One player trapped in three bodies?

If batting is an art, then Test cricket is the perfect canvas. With the oldest Test rivalry - the Ashes in progress, there could hardly be a better platform to witness some mesmerising performances. England suffered a disheartening defeat at...
Usman Khawaja

Usman Khawaja and his love affair with the spinning deliveries

It is an unwritten truth that human beings all over are constantly striving for perfection, unable to realise that even the immortal Gods were unsuccessful in reaching the zenith. Traits of deception or of violence; of a strong-willed yearning...
Chadd Sayers of the Redbacks bowls during the Sheffield Shield final

Chadd Sayers’ wait for Australia debut continues

For the first time in over a decade, England had created chances for themselves in the first three days of the Brisbane Test in the Ashes. All the hype about the Australian pace trio, which was created leading up...


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