He allowed himself a brief teary moment as he reached his 45th Test ton
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Thursday 30 December 2010
England batsman Jonathan Trott has climbed to third in the ICC Test rankings on the back of his unbeaten century in the fourth Ashes Test.
Monday 27 December 2010
Due to a production error, one of the questions printed in the ever-popular yet ever-fiendish annual Christmas Quiz from The Last Word would have had you scratching your head for far longer than necessary – it was printed wrongly. Apologies. So here it is again in full. As ever, I am hugely grateful to master brewers Shepherd Neame, who have once again agreed to supply a fantastic prize, namely 365 bottles of Spitfire Ale, one for every day of 2011.
Tuesday 21 December 2010
South Africa completed a comfortable victory over India by an innings and 25 runs, bowling their visitors out for 459 on the final morning. It was the highest ever score by a team that lost by an innings.
Monday 20 December 2010
Monday 20 December 2010
Friday 17 December 2010
South Africa's pace attack all but skittled an experienced Indian batting line-up by reducing the tourists to 136 for 9 on a rain-hit first day of the opening Test in Centurion yesterday.
Monday 22 November 2010
Rahul Dravid fell nine runs short of a double century as India established a huge first-innings lead in the decisive third Test against New Zealand.
Thursday 28 October 2010
Australian batsman Mike Hussey has said that he has no immediate plans to retire from Test cricket. The 35-year-old has faced questions over his future, given his age and recent form, but insists he wants to play in the Ashes. His decision is driven, in part, by the recent successes of Sachin Tendulkar, who at the age of 37 has just passed 14,000 Test runs.
Wednesday 13 October 2010
Monday 11 October 2010
Sachin Tendulkar was again the star turn with a magnificent 191 not out as India dominated day three of the second Test against Australia.
Thursday 07 October 2010
Graeme Swann was beaten by Sachin Tendulkar to the International Cricket Council Cricketer of the Year prize yesterday in Bangalore. But there was good news for Swann's England team-mate Steven Finn, with the fast bowler named Emerging Player of the Year.
Wednesday 06 October 2010
Sachin Tendulkar was the big winner at the ICC Awards, picking up both the Player of the Year gong and winning the People's Choice award.
Monday 04 October 2010
Mitchell Johnson hastened an abrupt India collapse yesterday with his sixth five-wicket haul in Test cricket to give Australia a 23-run first-innings lead at the end of day three in the first Test in Mohali. Replying to Australia's first-innings total of 428, India were cruising merrily at 354 for four before losing six wickets in the final session of the third day to fold for 405.
Friday 20 August 2010
English cricket seems to have had its nose put out of place by the fact Graeme Swann was initially overlooked for the International Cricket Council's 16-man list of potential Cricketers of the Year, and that very few England players were named in any of the longlists. As a member of the five-man panel that put names forward for the ICC's initial longlists I have some sympathy for Swann, who has had an extremely good year. Indeed, Swann was named as a potential Test Player of the Year and is likely to be picked in the Test Team of the Year, so it can hardly be said that he was totally ignored.
Thursday 05 August 2010
India lost two early wickets before Vangipurappu Laxman and Suresh Raina were able to launch a recovery with an unbeaten fifth wicket stand of 83 on the third day of the third test against Sri Lanka on Thursday.
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