During the recent Ashes series I changed my newspaper habits specifically to read Gideon Haigh’s dispatches from the front. As Haigh is Australian, those unfamiliar with his work might have expected at least a hint of crowing to creep into his copy as England imploded, but he was as impartial as ever, while also being characteristically knowledgeable, perceptive and witty. (If you can bear to relive the horror, Ashes to Ashes, his chronicle of the series, will be published on 27 February).
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Monday 05 December 2011
James Pattinson had a triple-wicket maiden to make it a debut to remember as Australia crushed New Zealand in the first Test at the Gabba. The 21-year-old younger brother of one-cap England paceman Darren Pattinson earned man-of-the-match honours for his match-winning spell with the ball.
Tuesday 22 November 2011
South African Mickey Arthur has been named as Australia's new coach.
Monday 21 November 2011
Australia 296 & 310-8 South Africa 266 & 339 (Australia win by 2 wickets)
Saturday 19 November 2011
South Africa 266 & 0-0 Australia 296
Thursday 01 September 2011
Monday 29 August 2011
Liberated of captaincy, Dravid has focused on batting and improved it. Now Ponting, having handed the armband to Michael Clarke, is looking to do the same
Wednesday 24 August 2011
Former captain Ricky Ponting has rejected suggestions that Australia's players under his leadership were "overpaid and lazy", after a review into their decline from No 1 in the world in 2008 to their present ranking of fifth.
Monday 15 August 2011
Rajan's Wrong 'un: Australia's fans are getting impatient. They need selectors capable to thinking clearly
Sunday 14 August 2011
A masterclass of swing bowling takes Lancastrian above the great Bedser
Wednesday 27 July 2011
Australia have included four uncapped players in their 15-man squad for the forthcoming Test series in Sri Lanka. Off-spinner Nathan Lyon, batsman Shaun Marsh and pacemen Trent Copeland and James Pattinson have been selected.
Saturday 18 June 2011
Northamptonshire have signed the former Nottinghamshire batsman Bilal Shafayat on a game-by-game basis.
Friday 17 June 2011
Ricky Ponting admits he was surprised by Cricket Australia's decision to drop opener Simon Katich from their list of contracted players.
Saturday 11 June 2011
Wednesday 30 March 2011
New Australia captain Michael Clarke insists his predecessor Ricky Ponting will not be "the elephant in the dressing room" as he tries to put his own stamp on the team.
Wednesday 30 March 2011
It is the height of fashion to deride Ricky Ponting as a captaincy numbskull. Pugwash without the instinct. This is the man who lost the Ashes three times, something no other captain had done, or been allowed to do before. This is the man who was at the helm when Australia lost their first home Test series for 16 years in 2008.
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