Australian cricket review 2016. The past year was a mixed bag for Australian cricket. After topping the Test rankings in February, they contrived to lose their next five Test matches, this led to an upheaval not seen Down Under since the Argus review in 2011. … Continue reading The good, the bad and the recovery
Despite his obvious talent, the timing of Nic Maddinson’s maiden Test call-up, ahead of NSW teammate Kurtis Patterson, comes as somewhat of a surprise. On October 10th 2010, Nic Maddinson made history at the Adelaide Oval. At 18 years and 294 days, he became … Continue reading Can Maddinson fulfil undoubted potential?
A fifth straight Test loss, coupled with a recent 5-0 ODI whitewash in South Africa has left Australian cricket in a state of desolation. But what can be done to stop the rot with key series against Pakistan and India on the horizon? I look … Continue reading Vital questions to be answered as Australia hit rock bottom
Lack of quality alternatives have led to a certain leeway with the selectors, however, going forward the allrounder’s form with the bat remains a serious concern. Last Friday when asked about the batting form of Test allrounder Mitchell Marsh, Australian chairman of selectors Rod … Continue reading Batting woes leave Mitchell Marsh skating on thin ice
It’s beginning to sound like a broken record. But once again when faced with quality spin bowling on a surface offering some assistance, Australia’s batsman have finished second best. In the end not even the predicted rain could save them in Kandy. Despite being favorites … Continue reading Australia fail to arrest spin deficiencies
Veteran batsmen are among a dying breed of experienced ex-international leaders on the county circuit; but can Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott follow suit? To witness Somerset’s Marcus Trescothick pull apart a Test-quality Pakistani attack on the way to his 61st first-class hundred this week … Continue reading Do Collingwood and Trescothick represent the last of the true county pros?
When the New South Wales contracts for next summer were recently released, two names immediately stood out. Arjun Nair and Jason Sangha not only stood out for their undoubted youthful talent, but also because of their ethnicity. The times are rapidly changing down under. … Continue reading Australia’s next generation of Asian talent.