Australia’s fast bowler and chief tormentor of England Mitchell Johnson has blown away the opposition in the 2013-14 Ashes Series with a flurry of aggressive bouncers and famous stone-cold stare, but those at the crease tomorrow may be forgiven for having a cheeky snigger back towards him.
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Saturday 14 March 2009
Wednesday 14 January 2009
Thursday 08 January 2009
Thursday 01 January 2009
The Australia spin legend Shane Warne has singled out the country's bowlers as the key concern after their long reign as the world's best side was all but ended by defeat to South Africa in Melbourne. Australia crashed to a nine-wicket loss at the MCG on Tuesday to suffer a first home series defeat since 1992-93.
Wednesday 31 December 2008
Sunday 12 October 2008
Sunday 13 July 2008
It was at 3pm yesterday that the need to get Andrew Flintoff back in the England team became apparent to captain Michael Vaughan. England had had an excellent morning reducing South Africa to 83 for 4. Ryan Sidebottom, James Anderson and Stuart Broad had all performed well, picking up a wicket each and bowling with far greater skill and intelligence than their much-vaunted South African counterparts.
Wednesday 18 June 2008
The Australia captain Ricky Ponting, pleased with a 2-0 series victory over West Indies secured with a win in the third Test on Monday, said they remained a team that knows how to win when it matters most.
Sunday 27 April 2008
When the news first came through, it was difficult to know whether to laugh or cry. Simon Jones, one of the band of four England pacemen who helped them win the Ashes in 2005, was injured again.
Sunday 09 March 2008
Ryan Sidebottom is unlikely to be remembered as one of England's all-time great bowlers. Time is not on his side. He is 30 and is not a natural athlete. Matthew Hoggard and Stephen Harmison, the two bowlers he has carried for the past year, do not have to fear that he will surpass their tally of victims.
Friday 07 March 2008
Stephen Harmison should privately be hoping that England get bowled out in their first innings over the course of the next two days. Not for 250, so that New Zealand can enforce the follow-on and make England bat again, but for 420-plus.
Saturday 01 March 2008
Monday 28 January 2008
Adam Gilchrist revolutionised the role of a wicketkeeper. Before his Test debut in 1999, wicketkeepers were expected to bat competently at seven or eight, averaging between 28 and 35, but it was their glove work that mattered most. All that changed when Gilchrist, who will retire from Test cricket at the end of today's play in Adelaide, began dispatching bowlers into the top tiers of stands at Test and one-day venues.
Tuesday 08 January 2008
The international game lurched towards a major crisis yesterday when India threatened to suspend their tour of Australia. The threat comes in the wake of the International Cricket Council's decision to hit Harbhajan Singh, the Indian spinner, with a three-Test ban for making a racist remark to Andrew Symonds, the only non-white player in the Australian side, during the ill-tempered second Test in Sydney.
Sunday 28 May 2006
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