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Saturday, 15 January 2011

Poms Dispatch the Ashes Post-Haste to England: Aussies Go Down 1-3 | Bleacher Report

Poms Dispatch the Ashes Post-Haste to England: Aussies Go Down 1-3

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 07:  The England team celebrate a 3-1 ashes victory with the Barmy Army during day fiveof the Fifth Ashes Test match between Australia and England at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 7, 2011 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)We are the winning team ha ha ha seeya Aussies
It has been an exhilarating month-and-a-half for cricket aficionados. The two Test series in the antipodes, Australia and South Africa, witnessed enchanting, entertaining cricket from all sides.
The Ashes, whose history goes back over a hundred years, and the Sumo tie between the Goliaths of modern day cricket, India and South Africa, were a treat for the eyes. The Ashes more so, for the excellent Hot Spot infrared camera views. No complaints about umpiring decisions there.
The quality of cricket was better in the three matches between the sub-continental giants and the Proteas but the Australians and the English managed to enact some history of their own.
Alastair Cook’s aggregate of 766 on this Ashes tour is a record for English batsmen second only to Wally Hammond in 1928-29. His form has been Bradmanesque, reminding historians of Bradman’s 900+ runs in the English summer of 1930.
The Ashes are over. The Ashes are done. Ponting is gone, Ponting might return. We just don’t know, do we?
An Australian captain would be ruefully ambling off into the sunset cast out for losing three series to old foes, the Poms, but when the rest of the team resembles the walking wounded, dejected, downcast, even aghast and the replacement is a Pup who has not yet outgrown the litter, the skipper can hope to live (or die) yet another day.
107913350_original_crop_340x234Ponting could not mask his disappointment BOO HOO... HA HA HA
The axe has not yet dropped on the Punter despite his dismal showing amidst the ruins of his leadership. No runs but ruins, indeed.
The upcoming World Cup has stayed the death sanction and Michael Clarke will have to wait till August to know if he has the job. Australia are still No. 1 in ODIs, hanging in there by a frayed thread.
The visitors were more prepared than their old rivals. Working with bowling machines that replicated the speed and trajectory of Michell Johnson’s bowling action and batting in the nets when knackered tells a story of determination and the willingness to drag themselves the final bloody yard to secure a prize that has eluded them for over 20 years.
The last time England clinched a series Down Under in 1986-87 winning 2-1, Ponting had not yet attained adolescence.
The Australians were felled not just by the opposition but also by their own insipid batting and lackluster bowling. Panicky selections added to the confusion in the ranks.
One inspired spell of fast bowling by a rumbling Mitchell Johnson helped them level the series 1-1. Alas, a swallow does not make a summer. The Poms recouped and hit back with a vengeance.
There was no doubt which team had the measure of the other. The Aussie selectors reached out for potluck and could only throw up an Usman Khawaja.
107873446_crop_340x234Alastair Cook: Prolific , the man is a star
Khawaja promises much and is the first Muslim to turn out for Australia. Much was made of the latter fact. The last South Asian male cricketer to represent the continent was Dave Whatmore, who was born in Sri Lanka. Just to put things into perspective.
The British are much more integrated in their approach to sport.Mark Ramprakash, Nasser Hussein and Monty Parmesar have all donned British colours.
Kevin Pietersen scored a double century in the second Test at Adelaide and promptly went to bed. He intermittently woke to score a couple of 50s and an odd 30—his double gave him a series average of 60—and provide us the odd gem how his sacking as captain was responsible for the turnaround in the team’s fortunes under Strauss. That statement was immediately contradicted by his teammate James Anderson who went on to describe Alastair Cook as more talented than the South-African born cricketer. Who’s joshing whom, chaps?
The difference in the two sides starts at the top of the batting order.England’s trio aggregated 1518. Their counterparts could muster just 800, roughly half;this includes Phillip Hughes’ and Usman Khawaja’s contributions.
For Michael Hussey, it was sweet redemption. However, it was a case of too much expected of his broad shoulders for the too little produced by his batting partners.
Shane Watson has been criticised for not converting any of his 50s into big hundreds. The censure is unfair especially when you note that 435 of the 800 runs scored by the top three came off his blade.

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Brad Haddin came to the party averaging 45 for the series. For England, Matt Prior and Ian Bell were solid , recording a century apiece.
The only failure with the bat, Paul Collingwood, bid farewell to Test cricket.
Mitchell Johnson was the pick of the Aussie bowlers claiming 15 victims in 4 Tests, followed closely by Peter Siddle and Ryan Harris with 14 and 11.
Contrast that to 24,17,15,14 and 11 for James Anderson,Chris Tremlett,Graeme Swann,Steve Finn and Tim Bresnan respectively and you have a pretty good idea what the Kangaroos lacked in the bowling department.
Australia ran through 17 players, handing caps to Michael Beer and Usman Khawaja.England’s only real setback was the injury to Stuart Broad. It was temporary—Tremlett and Bresnan proved more than adequate to the task.
The English now await a real Test this year when they take on India at home. England believe that they deserve the No.1 spot. India will be hard-pressed when they tour West Indies ,England and Australia in quick succession.
The Australians are left licking their wounds. The process of rebuilding will begin in earnest post the World Cup.

Sack the board, say Aussie players after galling England triumph

Sack the board, say Aussie players after galling England triumph

A severe outbreak of post-Ashes stress disorder of the kind normally associated with English cricket has reached epidemic proportions.

Unimpressed: Ricky Ponting not happy
Unimpressed: Ricky Ponting not happy ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha 

It follows Australia's 3-1 surrender of the Ashes urn, their first defeat by England on home soil for 24 years.
Forget all those root-and-branch analyses of 'What's Wrong With English Cricket?' since 1986-87, the Aussie players have cut straight to the chase.
Paul Marsh, chief executive of the Australian Cricketers' Association, said: 'The game's anachronistic governance structure is fundamentally flawed.'
And a report in The Australian newspaper states Marsh wants the century-old structure of the 14-man board, with an uneven number of delegates from the six states, replaced by a high-powered body made up of leaders in their fields.

Monday, 5 April 2010

Loss of Sir Alec Bedser a sad day for cricket

Loss of Sir Alec Bedser a sad day for cricket
I had the pleasure of interviewing Sir Alec Bedser twice. The first time, just before England’s 2006-07 tour to Australia, he was in fine fettle, still playing golf, still driving to his beloved Oval. The second and final time, last September, his health had visibly declined. He had been scalded in his shower, and then picked up an infection in hospital. It was upsetting to see a seemingly indomitable warrior fading physically.

By Huw Turbervill
Published: 12:32PM BST 05 Apr 2010

Legend of the game: Sir Alec Bedser leaves the field in triumph after a successful match Photo: GETTY IMAGES He was still mentally brilliant, though. In interviewing him for a book I am writing about the England cricket team on tour, his memories were vivid at the age of 91. He was surrounded by journals and memorabilia, and occasionally he would use a cricketing trinket on his mantelpiece, or nestling on the sofa next to his favourite chair, as a reference point. One or two players who I had contacted for the book could hardly recall a thing, and yet were 20 years or more younger. Some, sadly, have been ravaged by dementia, but not Bedser.

Both times I met him in the house in Woking, Surrey, that he and his beloved twin brother Eric, who died in 2006, helped their father build in 1953. It was off the beaten track – I had to ask a postman for directions. I am glad I found it. Although he had a slightly authoritative manner, he was warm enough, and he was extremely accommodating with his time - and he proved to be a minefield of information.

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The maid's tale: Kathryn Stockett examines slavery and racism in America's Deep SouthHe had fascinating tales to recount, playing in fives Ashes series, including three tours, and managing England Down Under on three others. He was a selector for 23 years and was chairman of selectors from 1969 to 1981, famously falling out with Ian Botham, who was captain for the first two Tests of that famous Ashes summer 29 years ago.

Bedser always saw the bigger picture. He was very close to Sir Donald Bradman, and when the Australian captain was controversially given not out to a slip catch in the opening Test at Brisbane in 1946-47, Bedser, who was at short-leg, was glad for cricket. He told me: “I think if he had been dismissed cheaply he would have packed it in, and then we would not have had him come to England in 1948 [his farewell series, when he made two centuries and struck 508 runs].” It didn’t matter that Bedser suffered at his hands in both those series –although he had more success than any other Test bowler against him,dismissing six times in all.

Bedser was just happy to be playing at all. He had served in north Africa during the Second World War for two and a half years and finally made his Test debut at the age of 28 against India in 1946. He took 11 wickets in each of his first two Tests and never looked back.

Now the final player in that 1946-47 series has passed away. That is very sad for cricket.

Sunday, 24 January 2010

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Windies boot England from Under-19 World Cup
Sunday 24-January-2010 03:46

Holder - took five wickets.
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England's ICC Under-19 World Cup campaign is over after being knocked out by West Indies at the quarter-final stage.

The English youngsters headed into the clash high on confidence having topped Group A following Thursday's triumph over India, but were below their best as they slipped to an 18-run defeat in New Zealand.

In a match reduced to 36 overs due to rain, West Indies batted first and made a total of 166 all out thanks largely to a third-wicket partnership of 103 between Kraigg Brathwaite and Andre Cleary while David Payne was the pick of the England bowlers with figures of four for 19.

England were poor with the bat - Durham's Ben Stokes top-scoring with 24 - and were dismissed for just 148 as impressive West Indies paceman Jason Holder took five wickets for 19 runs.

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