Cricket: England Retain the Ashes in Manchester Rain

Despite an Old Trafford performance from Australia which hinted at an Investec Ashes comeback, England’s cricket team have retained The Ashes after rain in Manchester meant there was barely any play on the fifth and final day. The resulting draw meant England – who led 2-0 going into this the third Ashes 2013 test match … Read more Cricket: England Retain the Ashes in Manchester Rain

The Ashes 2010/2011 Cricket: England Close To Win in SCG

On the fourth day of the final Ashes 2010/2011 test match at the SCG, the match took the turn that has happened twice before this Australian summer, as England batted well to post a monster first innings total of 644 before bowling out 7 Australian batsmen. Australia finished the day on 213 for 7 second … Read more The Ashes 2010/2011 Cricket: England Close To Win in SCG

The Ashes 2010/2011 Cricket: England Edge Day One in Perth

England edged closer to an Ashes 2010/2011 series win with a fine day in the field on the opening day of the third test in Perth, bowling out Australia for 268, before putting on 29 runs for no wicket in the final three quarters of an hour. Once again, as has been somewhat customary in … Read more The Ashes 2010/2011 Cricket: England Edge Day One in Perth

The Ashes 2010/2011 Cricket: Pietersen Double Century Gives England Control on Adelaide 3rd Day

Kevin Pietersen returned to batting form in fine style in the third day of the Ashes 2010/2011 Adelaide Test match, hitting 213 not out after starting the day on 85. England finished the day with 551-4, giving them control of the test after Australia’s disappointing 245 all out. On a day when the pitch offered … Read more The Ashes 2010/2011 Cricket: Pietersen Double Century Gives England Control on Adelaide 3rd Day

The Ashes Cricket 2010/2011: England Claim Opening Day of Adelaide Test

England’s bowlers took two Australian wickets without the scoreboard registering a single run for the hosts, in the opening over of the second Ashes 2010/2011 test match at Adelaide. At stumps, England had removed Australia for 245 runs on a pitch that had looked to be a 400+ wicket, and added a single run without … Read more The Ashes Cricket 2010/2011: England Claim Opening Day of Adelaide Test

The Ashes 2010/11 Cricket: Australia Take Control on Day Three

Australia took control of the opening Ashes 2010/11 series as Mike Hussey (195) and Brad Haddin (136) produced a fabulous sixth-wicket stand of 307 on the third day at the Gabba. Australia finished the day having set a first innings total of 481 in reply to England’s lacklustre 260. England had begun their fightback with … Read more The Ashes 2010/11 Cricket: Australia Take Control on Day Three

Cricket: Australia Name Ashes Squad

Australia have named their 17 strong squad for this summer’s home Ashes tournament against England. There are few surprises in the squad, which featured many names from the Ashes tour of England 18 months ago, and is captained by Ricky Ponting. Michael Clarke is named as vice captain despite his back injury niggles appearing to … Read more Cricket: Australia Name Ashes Squad

The Ashes 2009: Australia Dismantle England’s Batting Lineup in First Day at Headingley

England won the toss this morning before the first day of the fourth Ashes 2009 test cricket match at Headingley, Leeds. It was to be the only thing that went right for the hosts, however, as they were bowled out in just over 33 overs for a total score of just 102. Australia ended the … Read more The Ashes 2009: Australia Dismantle England’s Batting Lineup in First Day at Headingley

The Ashes 2009 – Australia Take Charge Over Soggy England on Edgbaston Day 1

The English weather, having prevented the opening two sessions of play – the captains emerged a little after 4pm, and play began at 17:00 – did not dampen Australian batsmen’s spirits as they ended the day on 126 for 1 following just 30 overs of Ashes 2009 cricket on the opening day at Edgbaston. Australia … Read more The Ashes 2009 – Australia Take Charge Over Soggy England on Edgbaston Day 1

The Ashes 2009 – Flintoff Takes 5 as England Win First Lord’s Test Against Australia for 75 Years

This morning, every Englishman at MCC was nervous, after Australian batsmen Michael Clarke and Brad Haddin put on a huge day four partnership to take them within range of a famous victory. Those nerves would prove ill-placed after Andrew Flintoff, in his last ever Lord’s test, had bowled for an hour and a half, taking … Read more The Ashes 2009 – Flintoff Takes 5 as England Win First Lord’s Test Against Australia for 75 Years

The Ashes 2009 – Lord’s Day Five Preview

The sun is shining on Lord’s on day five of this fascinating second Ashes 2009 test match. After Michael Clarke and Brad Haddin spent yesterday evening scoring runs at a good lick and, more importantly, not getting out, they have played Australia into a position where this match, once again, hangs in the balance. The … Read more The Ashes 2009 – Lord’s Day Five Preview

The Ashes 2009 – England Home in on Victory on Lord’s Day Four

As tea was called on the fourth day of the Lord’s test match between England and Australia in The Ashes 2009, Australia had lost half of their second innings wickets chasing England’s lead of 521, coming in for sandwiches with their score at 178 for 5. Australia, despite some good form from Michael Clarke, who … Read more The Ashes 2009 – England Home in on Victory on Lord’s Day Four

The Ashes 2009 – Anderson Nudges England Ahead at end of Second Day at Lord’s

If they selected a “Man of the Day” in test matches, there would be only one contender for the second day of the Lord’s test match between England and Australia in Ashes 2009: James Anderson. Anderson claimed 4 wickets for just 36 runs with the ball as well as contributing an important 29 runs in … Read more The Ashes 2009 – Anderson Nudges England Ahead at end of Second Day at Lord’s

The Ashes 2009 – Lord’s Day Two Preview

England and Australia will take to the field this morning with the second test match of The Ashes 2009 lying in the balance – England are batting and will restart with 364 for 6 wickets. The picture could, and perhaps should, be much brighter for England after a great start was effectively erased when Kevin … Read more The Ashes 2009 – Lord’s Day Two Preview