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. Continue Reading »

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? Continue Reading »

The all-rounder debate

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”? Continue Reading »

The Ashes game-plan

We may be thumping Sri Lanka, the batsmen may be scoring runs, the bowlers taking wickets and some of the fielders snaffling catches. But the giant elephant in the room remains. We are in no way, shape or form ready for the Ashes. Continue Reading »

He bowls to the left and he bowls to the right, Mitchell Johnson, his bowling is… deserving of a test recall? The poms will be laughing themselves silly when news reaches their shores. Continue Reading »

Roberts, Garner, Marshall and Holding. Names synonymous with the fearsome West Indies side of the late 70s and early 80s. They were the fearsome foursome. And what a pace quartet they were.

Australia now finds itself in a batsman drought, where hardened, test match ready, seasoned pros are hard to come by. But young quicks are coming out of our ears. Continue Reading »

The five stages of grief; At first I was in denial. Surely they had made a mistake, the name must have been printed wrong or it was just a sour joke. Then I was angry. The bloke averages 37 in first class cricket! How can they elevate him above the others ahead on the pecking order? Then I bargained, if only the other potential crop had converted a particular 50 into a hundred or the selectors had a different approach. That’s when the depression set in. Poor Phillip Hughes who has remodelled his technique goes unrewarded. But finally acceptance. Rob Quiney will make his test debut. Continue Reading »