Then there's the off chance a player will completely ruin a practice match by performing too well. In the run-up to the inaugural World Cup and then an Ashes series, the 1975 Australian touring party played an intra-squad game at the Bank of England grounds in London. I became so exasperated when Doug Walters' medium-pacers mowed down our top order that I sent opener Bruce Laird back to the crease for a second try. True to type, Walters, from the top of his mark quipped: "Hey batsman, haven't I seen you somewhere before?" … [Read more...] about The IPL can actually be good practice for the Australia-India series
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Smith was a late withdrawal from Friday's first ODI, which Australia won by 19 runs to go 1-0 up in the three-match series, after sustaining a blow on the head in the nets from a throw-down by a coaching staff member on the eve of the match. … [Read more...] about England vs Australia: Steve Smith passes concussion test, available to play second ODI
"It's been tough. We all know how good the players are that hold those positions. Their records over the last four or five years have been fantastic. For anyone to break in, you have to be extremely consistent and win games of cricket for England," he said. … [Read more...] about England vs Australia: Dawid Malan downplays Virat Kohli comparison
"It's more of a casual racism. Little throwaway lines here and there that are made to be jokes. And a lot of that, for me personally, has been around the colour of my skin and the fact that I don't look aboriginal, whatever that means. That's the most noticeable thing for me." … [Read more...] about Racism in Australian cricket is not in your face but it is definitely there: Dan Christian
The second T20I against the Aussies showed what it can look like at its best as both men charged in, consistently topped 90mph and had two of the most fearsome batsmen in white-ball cricket hopping around on the crease. David Warner wasn't hopping for long as Archer got his third ball and while Finch survived the barrage, Alex Carey went in Wood's first over as Australia found themselves 3-2. … [Read more...] about England overloaded with T20 options with World Cup on the horizon but what is their best XI?