The Ashes

Steve Smith

Delayed gratification, Brisbane and batting

Five decades or so ago, Dr. Walter Mischel, a psychologist and professor at Stanford University, conducted what came to be known as the Stanford Marshmallow Experiment. According to the Positive Psychology Program website “Mischel and his colleagues wanted to...
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Blinders – History of The Ashes Part 19: 1903-04 and 1905, Bringing Back...

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Blinders History of The Ashes Part 18: 1902 – Another Great Series

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David Warner of Australia celebrates after reaching his half century

The mature David Warner is an asset at the top of the order

Smallish targets can be tricky. Especially when the conditions are not tailor-made for quick runs. At the Gabba, run making never looked an easy proposition. England’s first innings total of 302 came at just 2.58 runs per over, well within...
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David Warner chose high way in record partnership with Bancroft

The Australian lead up to the Ashes was more of a chaos due to the hullabaloo that was created around the final squad selection. Two players who were discussed a lot among a few others were Matt Renshaw and...
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Contrasting plans to skippers the difference between the two sides

Much was made out of the first Ashes Test at the Gabba. It was expected to be a face-off between Australia's domineering bowling attack and England's appealing batting line-up. Contrary to all the ruckus and hullabaloo before the Test,...
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Alastair Cook’s last bid to reignite his flickering career

It can be termed a common norm or it can be seen as an unfortunate truth. It can either be a moment of great pathos or simultaneously be accepted as an inevitable spiral. Periods of jubilation follow phases of...
Nathan Lyon

Nathan Lyon, the unexpected hero at Brisbane

All the talk before the start of the much-anticipated Ashes Down Usher revolved around the intimidating pace trio at the disposal of the hosts. Let's admit it! There are few worse nightmares than Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat...
Ben Stokes

Now England be like, ‘Why Ben Stokes, Why?’

There were two instances in the Ashes 2013-14 which will never be forgotten. It will be cherished for the terror Mitchell Johnson had spread across the England dressing room with his lethal spells one after the another and recalled...
Mitchell Starc of Australia celebrates after taking the wicket of Chris Woakes

Mitchell Starc: The shark for tail-enders

Mitchell Starc types Australian brand of cricket with his intimidating pace and style. He is one of the finest bowlers in the international circuit and has been a force to be reckoned across formats. One just cannot afford to...
Australian players

Brisbane Test has been a triumph of innovative captaincy

The first Test of the Ashes series is on the verge of fizzling out into a one-sided finish after the first three days had promised enthrallingly close contest. In that respect, for the fans around the world salivating for a...
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Movember: The Great Ashes Moustaches before World War One and some Notable Exceptions

Sport reflecting life  CLR James and Neville Cardus would tell us in their whimsical, wishful and fanatical terms that cricket unequivocally mirrors the world. Men like Derek Birley and Mike Marqusee would argue the same within bounds of reason, less vehemently,...
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Has Pat Cummins opened a new chapter in his career?

An 18-year-old Pat Cummins had the most unique and memorable Test debut that only hit him back with bitter consequences. Cummins impressed New South Wales with the white ball and was handed his First-Class debut towards the business end...
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Smith wins fascinating game of chess against Joe Root and his men

Early in the day Stuart Broad rolled his fingers on the ball and foxed Shaun Marsh with a slower delivery. The sparkling mind of Joe Root had already set the field for the mistimed drive. The ball looped to...
Australian players celebrating after wicket

Smith & Co – Not even close to being an old traditional ‘bad boys’...

The beginning of sledging even before the first ball of the Ashes is bowled has been going on for decades now. The Australians, especially, are known to play on the mind of the opposition and that eventually gives them...
Joe Darling's questionable tactics end Ranji's career

CS Ashes Anecdotes: Joe Darling’s questionable tactics end Ranji’s career

In 1902, KS Ranjitsinhji played his last three Tests for England. And it was as far from a majestic farewell as can get. Before the epochal series, Ranji had played 12 Tests, obviously all of them against Australia, and amassed...
Shaun Marsh builds hope with tenacity

Shaun Marsh builds hope with tenacity

When Shaun Marsh earned his ninth Test recall for the iconic Ashes, not many backed his selection while others were left bewildered. Marsh has been in and out of the Australian Test side due to recurring injuries and parched...
Joe Root

Joe Root’s attacking and innovative captaincy on Day 2

Joe Root Joe Root, at the age of seven, attracted his schoolmates when a giant butterfly landed on his shoulders. The boy from Yorkshire was surrounded by enthusiastic kids at the Tropical Butterfly House. Then, he was found holding a...
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Captain Smith goes old school in an intense day at the Gabba

The first ball Steven Smith faced in the innings was a half-volley from Chris Woakes that he nonchalantly caressed to the cover boundary, his awkward bat angle coming into play and his natural hand eye coordination taking over as...
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Surging English confidence comes up against the wall called Steve Smith

Stoneman and Malan score 50s. Vince goes further and impresses everyone with his 83. The side would have been happier to get a few more than 302, but with Cook and Root falling early England is happy that the new...

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