Dit is weer daardie tyd - die nagte is lank, die lug is koud, maar gou die radio sal brand in die lewe en bring die klanke van die Australiese somer in ons ore. Sal Engeland terug te kom uit die vorige kalk met 'n oorwinning (as wat hulle gedoen het in 2010-11, of sal Australië voltooi 'n 3ST afwit in 4 reeks. Ek vir een is weddery dit sal nie 'n trekking wees!
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Verskonings een en almal vir 'n gebrek aan onlangse musings - dit is alles te danke aan 'n nuwe aankomeling in die huishouding wat my wakker beteken (en slaap) uur is heeltemal oorheers deur bottelvoeding sessies en luier veranderinge - ja 'n bietjie bambino het aangebreek. Give her about 18 years and she’ll be playing for England.
Anyway; to business.
Wel, to paraphrase William Shakespeare somewhat, that was a winter of discontent for England. After pretty inept performances in the Ashes most would have thought it couldn’t get any worse. It did – the humiliating defeat against the Netherlands (even if it was a ‘dead rubber’) proving the coup de grâce. Before and since that final shambolic outing there have been some high profile casualties — gone are coach Andy Flower, middle order mainstay Jonathan Trott and spin king Graeme Swann. And then of course there is the whole saga around Kevin Pietersen. Gloveman Matt Prior will also be nervously looking over his shoulder as others threaten his place in the side.… Lees die volledige artikel
Wanneer Engeland kwadraat tot Australië in die laaste reeks om die As ek, soos baie, gedink dat die besoekers sal die urn in die vyf wedstryde behou. Dit is altyd 'n taaier stryd as die somer onthulling maar oorwinning sal na verwagting.
Speler vir speler Engeland was net te sterk, En hulle was nie? Op daardie stadium, with the standout exception of middle-order maestro Michael Clarke, a combined XI of the two sides would have been dominated by the three lions. Other than skipper Clarke who would have made the combined side? Perhaps David Warner for Michael Carberry? A fit Ryan Harris in for either Chris Tremlett or Tim Bresnan? Certainly the former, probably the latter. A place for Shane Watson? Miskien - maar wat sou hy vervang? Op die oog af, however, England certainly appeared the stronger outfit.… Lees die volledige artikel
Want wat ek nou gaan sê, kan ek van bo af getref ... maar ek is bly dat hierdie reeks om die As is op 'n einde. Heel eenvoudig Australië het baie beter gespeel as die som van hulle individuele dele en Engeland gewees, vir die groot deel, absoluut diaboliese.
As sure as night follows day the Aussies wrapped up a devastating 5–0 series win, yet again bowling England out for a pitiful total not worthy of an international line up. The visitors now need to go back, re-group and pick up the pieces from this potentially disastrous tour down-under.… Lees die volledige artikel
Engels winters is 'n verskriklike ding. Koue en nat, die seisoen beteken ook geen huis krieket hoegenaamd.
Christmas is one shining light in the fog of the cold and to add to this the thought of an annual test match that starts on Boxing Day and usually held under blue skies and warm temperatures is one that stirs the imagination and one that I will raise a cold beer to.
Boxing Day tests have been held every year since 1980 (behalwe 1989 wanneer 'n eendag-wedstryd teen Sri Lanka in plaas gespeel (boo - ed) and at the Melbourne Cricket Club in Australia – aka the MCG). They have also been dominated by some massive crowds (which have approached six figures on occasion).... Lees die volledige artikel
Amongst the wreckage of the Ashes tour comes another seismic bombshell — the best English spinner in a generation has handed his ticket in.
Yes it’s true — Graeme Swann has announced his immediate retirement. Wat 'n massiewe verlies. Swann was a great player, competitor, fighter and all-round team man. Hy kan selfs hou 'n kolf op die regte manier ronde.
Having taken 255 wickets in his test career at a shade under 30 n stuk, sy rekord is daar vir almal om te sien en dit gaan baie moeilik om hom te vervang te wees. As always with England there’s hardly a queue of spinners banging down the door to take his place in the side. So does that mean we go back to the days of only ever picking a twirler when the pitch suits rather than a first choice?... Lees die volledige artikel
Met 'n genadelose vasberadenheid en 'n moordenaar instink waardig van 'n wolf jaag 'n gewonde takbokke, Australië behoorlik voltooide die rout van 'n gedemoraliseer Engeland vanoggend.
England simply haven’t turned up this series and a rejuvenated Australia have preyed on every weakness and every failing to humiliate what is still a pretty good side.
Winning a fourth consecutive Ashes series was a pretty tall order and it was one that was beyond England. The urn now returns to Australia (figuratively speaking, anyway!) and we no doubt won’t hear the end of it from our cousins on the other side of the planet.
As Cook admitted in his post-match press conference, England have been outplayed in all areas and will, I suspect, claim a 5–0 triumph. Dit is eenvoudig nie hul styl om hul voet van die gas. Die wolf het die prooi gevang, now he wants to finish every last tasty morsel.… Lees die volledige artikel
Two days in and Australia certainly have the upper hand. Maar so what. The Ashes are won and won pretty convincingly at that. This is a dead-rubber match and is very reminiscent of Ashes series of old when England used to suddenly pull a decent performance out of the hat when the urn was in the possession of the Aussies. Players who time and time again let the team down would suddenly grab a five-for or score a century and their series average to the historic observer would look half-decent.… Lees die volledige artikel
I’ve been away on holiday for the past 2½ weeks and haven’t had chance to write about the cricket. During that time there have been 2 more Ashes test matches and England have extended their lead to 3–0. Having been away from all the talking heads I haven’t heard what they have to say, So hier is 'n paar van my eie gedagtes, uninfluenced by the pundits.
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so, the intriguing 1st Ashes Test at Trent Bridge continues to be exciting with no clear winner emerging as yet. However I want to look back to a potentially key moment of the game — the “not out” decision given to Australia’s Agar. Let me be clear — no fault can be laid on any of the players or on-field umpires — only on the DRS system and the umpire managing it. There have been several wrong decisions in this Test match and in the recent champions trophy, lets look at each of them in turn.… Lees die volledige artikel