Archive for the ‘The Ashes’ Category

Australia’s impressive fast bowling stocks were recently ranked on the Roar. There’s no doubting the depth and class in that department. In stark contrast however, batsmanship in the country is at an all-time low. (more…)

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Usman Khawaja is touted as Australia’s next man in line and showed why for the Prime Minister’s XI when he built a solid 69 against the touring West Indies. Already this season he is the Sheffield Shield’s fourth leading run-scorer. He has been praised as one of the brightest young batting talents in Australia. He has a classy and sightly technique adapt to combatting tricky conditions and tasted test cricket before. Despite all of this, Khawaja’s ascent to a mainstay in Australia’s middle order appears to hit hurdles at every turn. (more…)

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I’m still undecided as to who will go on to win the Ashes. An away tour for the Ashes against a fantastic, balanced and experienced English side is always going to be among cricket’s greatest tests. However, I’m going to be optimistic and look for reasons why Australia, the clear outsiders, can win back the precious, little urn. (more…)

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When Shane Watson was ruled out of the 2011/12 summer and Phil Hughes’ form had dipped to an unparalleled low, Australia found itself in a dearth of quality opening batsmen. David Warner had just cemented his place with a brilliant hundred at Hobart, but who would partner him against India?

Ed Cowan was the man entrusted with the crucial role of opening the batting on Boxing Day. Cowan played a typically dogged innings of 68 from 177 balls and was touted as the perfect defensive foil for the attacking Warner.

Since then, 12 months have passed and Cowan has now played 13 test matches. He scored his breakthrough test match ton against South Africa at the Gabba to open the Australian summer. But the question lingering on everybody’s lips remains. Is Ed Cowan good enough? (more…)

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I’m always up for debate. Yesterday I was at odds with another user on the issue, “is an all-rounder a necessity for Australia”? (more…)

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