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  • The tourists were dismissed for 136 and 179 in their two innings and Cook knows that must improve if they are to have any chance of retaining the urn.

    Posted on November 25, 2013 by Selby

    The Australian left-armer finished the 381-run win with nine wickets as players at both ends of England’s order struggled to deal with his pace and bounce.

    The tourists were dismissed for 136 and 179 in their two innings and Cook knows that must improve if they are to have any chance of retaining the urn.

    “Obviously he’s bowled very well and put us under some pressure which is something that we need to work on as a side going into the Adelaide game,” he said in the post-match presentation televised on Sky Sports 2.

    “We’ve faced a lot of him in the past and been successful as well.

    “There are times when he’s got on top of us and there are times when we’ve certainly had good times against him as well and we’re going to have to look to that for stuff to build on for Adelaide.”

    Johnson, who became a figure of fun for England supporters in the last two series, also contributed with the bat as Australia recovered from 132 for six in their first innings, and Cook was left to rue letting the home side off the hook.

    “Obviously it’s been a tough couple of days for us,” he said. “We got ourselves in a really good position there in that first innings.

    “Credit to the way that (Brad) Haddin and Johnson played, they got Australia to a fairly competitive total but I thought it was still short (of par) on that wicket.

    “We got off to a reasonable start with the batting and that collapse really put us behind.

    “You always talk about trying to not lose wickets in clusters. You talk about it a lot of the time but sometimes that doesn’t really help you to do that out in the middle.

    “Credit to Australia. They put us under pressure in there and we couldn’t respond.”

    Australia’s David Warner was amongst those to question England’s mentality as they lost six wickets for nine runs in the first innings but Cook is certain his team can bounce back.

    “This side has got plenty of character,” he said. “We’ve fought back in the past as well. Obviously it’s going to hurt us, this game.

    “But there’s plenty of character in the side and we’re going to show that again.”

    Yorkshire post

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  • 6 wickets lost for 9 runs have England selectors got it wrong???

    Posted on November 22, 2013 by Selby

    Australia's sense of invulnerability at the Gabba has been underlined for a quarter of a century. It is the ground at which they feel all things are possible, all ailments can be cured. But even Australia, vigorously rediscovering their belief on the ground where they have long reigned supreme, must have reflected that England's traumatised batting provided a helping hand

    England's ability to micro-manage every aspect of their preparation has been well chronicled, but they have yet to fathom why their batsmen repeatedly perform so inadequately at the start of overseas series. Once again, they succumbed according to tradition, in perfectly good batting conditions, too, as Australia wrested a first-innings lead of 159 that at the start of the day must have been beyond their wildest dreams.

    If Australia's batting was flaky, England's calamitous afternoon was something to behold. Six England wickets fell after lunch for nine runs in a startling 58-ball phase as Australia, who were seemingly under pressure after lodging a none-too-impressive 295 on first innings, inspired a feverish response from a Brisbane crowd suddenly convinced that they can claim victory in the opening Test.

    This Ashes series is well and truly alive. The opposite may have been intimated 24 hours ago. It is good news for those hoping for a compelling series. In Ryan Harris, Australia have a bullish fast bowler full of late-career wisdom, capable if his fitness holds of troubling England throughout the series; his 3 for 28 dried up England like a desert wind. In Mitchell Johnson, currently sporting a Movember moustache that gives him the look of an Italian artist, they have a flighty fast-bowling talent who is no longer living on the dark side of the moon; four wickets and plenty of hostility testified to that.

    England made only 39 runs in the session: the nine runs they scrambled from fourth to eighth wicket down representing their second-lowest return, outdone only by the six runs they scored against West Indies in 1954. Beyond Michael Carberry's 40, a sound innings which ran out of steam, and a few late blows by Stuart Broad, they could show little of merit.

    The last time Australia lost at the Gabba was against a fearsome West Indies pace attack 25 years ago, when Brisbane was still not much more than a sub-tropical outpost rather than the cosmopolitan river city it is today, and they defended that record with passion as the first Test swung dramatically in their favour.

    Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott were dismissed before lunch. Cook built his Ashes reputation in Brisbane three years ago. He made more than 300 runs in the match and England's second-innings score of 517 for 1, the harbinger of their series victory, remains seared in Australia's consciousness. There was to be no great statement, though, for England's captain on his return as he edged a challenging delivery around off stump from Harris to the wicketkeeper.


    Mitchell Johnson went round the wicket to have Michael Carberry caught at slip, Australia v England, 1st Test, Brisbane, 2nd day, November 22, 2013

    Mitchell Johnson took 4 for 61 to leave England reeling © Getty Images 


    Johnson was brought back to test Trott against the short stuff, just as Broad had been lined up for Michael Clarke on the first day. It gave him a simple purpose and with that purpose came a self-belief that was lacking in a ropey new-ball spell. Trott was immediately struck on the glove by a searing short ball, his imperturbable expression just holding. Australia squeezed in another over for Johnson before lunch and it paid off as Trott, getting across his stumps in anticipation of another short one, glanced a relatively nondescript delivery to the wicketkeeper Brad Haddin.

    There was no joy in his 100th Test for Kevin Pietersen, who batted with more composure than most for an hour but was controlled by Australia's persistent line about six inches outside off stump and eventually clipped Harris to short midwicket. Pietersen had earlier been dropped on 8, a return catch to Peter Siddle, who adopted the brace position too early.

    Pietersen's departure was the start of a calamitous collapse. Carberry had batted with great discernment in only his second Test, at 33 years of age, leaving much outside off stump and picking the ball off his pads, but he made only a single from his last 39 balls as his strokeplay dried as the sight of England wickets falling loaded up his responsibilities. Johnson went round the wicket to have him caught at slip on 40, accentuating the feeling that Australia's plans were coming together.

    Carberry might also have been run out on the same score when he bounced his bat carelessly into the crease and only just made his ground, with some Australia fielders incensed that the umpires did not turn to the TV umpire for confirmation.

    Ian Bell and Matt Prior then fell in consecutive balls, both caught at short leg off the offspinner Nathan Lyon. Bell was undone by a bit of extra bounce, Prior by an inside edge on to his pad which required an Australian review to overturn umpire Aleem Dar's decision. Australia were even getting their reviews right.

    Worse was to follow in the next over when Joe Root's brief and nervy innings ended with a push at a fullish delivery from Johnson and the third catch in nine balls for Steve Smith, this time at third slip. Even then the agony was not over for England as Graeme Swann was caught at short leg off an inside edge, bringing Johnson his fourth wicket. H

    Broad mustered a few lusty blows after tea as England at least avoided the ignominy of the follow-on, but when Broad fell at deep midwicket attempting to pull Harris, there were no doubts about Australia's sizeable advantage

    Earlier, Haddin was run out six runs short of what would have been a thoroughly deserved Ashes hundred - he said afterwards he regarded the innings among his best - as England required only 7.1 overs to wrap up Australia's first innings. Haddin fell attempting a second run into the off side, with Australia's last pair together. Carberry's retrieval was slick and Prior did the rest by collecting an awkward take and breaking the stumps.

    Broad, who had 5 for 65 overnight, struck with the sixth ball of his second over as Harris, intending to leave a length delivery, only managed to guide it to the wicketkeeper. Broad walked off with 6 for 81 to some full-throated boos. Australia's total seemed shy, but that reckoned without the energising effect of Brisbane on an Australian bowling attack and the fallibility of an England batting side - an England side, too, troubled by a bad-weather build-up - when battle has only just been joined. David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfoRSS Feeds: David Hopps© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

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  • Stuart Broad makes my day at Brisbane

    Posted on November 21, 2013 by Selby

    Stuart Broad responded well to a hostile Australian crowd with a haul of five wickets as England took control on  day 1 of the first Ashes Test at Brisbane.

    Aussie cricket coach Darren Lehmann  must have been impressed by Broad's resilience as he took 5-65 to leave the Aussies struggling at 273-8.

    Cricket memorabilia is made more interesting with controversy and Lehmann and Broads comments during last summers Ashes series always make these things so much more interesting, I will be looking for team signed cricket bat at Brisbane tomorrow!!

    Aussie skipper Michael Clarke had won the toss and opted to bat first on what looked a flat surface.James Anderson picked up two wickets, while Chris Tremlett claimed 1-51 as England's bid to secure a fourth series win in a row down under was given the perfect start.with the hosts in trouble after they were left reeling at 132-6 - it was left up to Brad Haddin and Mitchell Johnson to take the fight to England. Haddin  came to the crease with his team needing inspiration on 143-5, shared a 114-run stand with Johnson to keep the tourists at bay through the evening session, until the new ball arrived and Johnson was finally removed for 64 off 134 deliveries. Haddin remained unbeaten on 78, while David Warner also made 49 but the session belonged to England.

    Broad was delighted to have dismissed batsman 1234 and 6 (5/65)

    Makes for an exciting days play -  day 2 at the Gabba Test

    Tony Selby






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  • Motor racing memorabilia from the Japanese, Indian and Abu Dhabi F1 races is now available!!!

    Posted on November 5, 2013 by Selby

    Following a weekend of intense negotiations between the Kimi Raikkonen's management and Lotus owner Gerard Lopez, sources have confirmed that a deal has been put in place that resolves their issues.

    Motor racing memorabilia from the Japanese, Indian and Abu Dhabi F1 races are now available at Cricket Collectables

    Our team are definitely at the United States GP on Nov 15th-17th at  Circuit of The Americas Austen, once again Motor Racing Collectables will be the priority finishing in Brazil on Nov 24t anyway back to the main point of the blog:

    Raikkonen had been persuaded to race in Abu Dhabi after threatening to not do so, Kimi and his management team made it emphatically clear that he would not continue for the United States and Brazil races if matters were not sorted.

    Speaking on Friday, when he revealed he had not been paid at all during 2013, Raikkonen has said: "I enjoy racing, I love driving - but a big part of it is business side. Sometimes when that is not dealt with like it should we end up in an unfortunate situation as at present."You have to draw the line somewhere.

    It is reported that  on Sunday morning, following more than two days of talks, Lopez and Raikkonen's manager Steve Robertson laid out a plan for moving forward that both parties seem to be  happy with.

    As long as the deal is formally signed off by lawyers, and Lotus sticks to the points of the agreement laid out, then Raikkonen will compete in the final two races of the campaign.

    Raikkonen's presence will be valuable to the team as it is locked in a big battle with Mercedes and Ferrari for second place in the constructors' championship.

    Kimi had a terrible weekend in Abu Dhabi, starting last after his car failed a post-qualifying floor deflection test and then retiring on his first lap.

    Tony Selby

    Yahoo Sport

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  • England can have learned precious little about the finer details of their Ashes plans from a stalemate in their tour opener against a WA Chairman's XI.

    Posted on November 4, 2013 by Selby

    The run-fest of the first two days extended to centuries for Ian Bell (115) and Jonathan Trott (113 not out) on another fine morning, but was then rudely interrupted by an unexpected England collapse either side of lunch as they conceded a 60-run first-innings deficit.

    The hosts then batted out 39 more overs, to the tune of 168 for five declared, so that the inevitable draw could be confirmed at the WACA.

    England at least had the opportunity to again assess the merits of their three tall seamers, Boyd Rankin emerging marginally - certainly not head and shoulders - above Chris Tremlett and Steven Finn.

    The other obviously undecided position for the first Test in Brisbane is at number six - and after Gary Ballance and Ben Stokes mustered only four runs between them, there was minimal evidence to go on.

    Three years ago, England arrived in Perth evidently already sure of their best Test XI and flew on to Adelaide with the confirmation of a heartening victory over strong opposition.

    This time, they have faced a relative motley but one able to take the honours by piling up 451 for five declared thanks to five 50s and a century from their top six.

    All seemed to be going to plan in England's reply by the time Bell retired out to end his third-wicket stand of 193 with Trott. But England then lost their last seven wickets for 57, Jim Allenby picking up four for 58, as a remarkable run of nine 50s or better from 11 individual innings in this match was replaced by a procession of single-figure scores.

    Batsman error, rather than exaggerated deterioration of the pitch or dramatic improvement in the bowling, appeared to be the common denominator as England were bowled out for 391 and then their hosts stumbled to 24 for two before Mitch Marsh (62) and Chris Lynn (61no) dug in. There was no hint of what was to follow when Bell was in situ.

    Then, however, in the space of four overs three more batsmen came and went for the addition of 13 runs.

    After Bell reached a chanceless hundred, including 17 fours and two sixes from 153 balls, the time was judged right to give others a chance to see what they could do against the second new ball.

    Sadly for Ballance, it was the minimum, as he edged a useful delivery behind from Ryan Duffield to add a golden duck to the zero he made in two balls in his only previous innings for England - in a one-day international against Ireland in Dublin two months ago.

    Matt Prior clumped a pull high over the in-field for four before edging a drive behind for Duffield's second wicket in the over.

    Stokes managed a boundary too, down the ground off Allenby, who got his revenge when the left-hander became a third consecutive caught-behind departure - edging an attempted cut.

    Trott remained a reassuring presence, grinding out his century from exactly 200 balls having hit 10 fours and a collector's-item six - muscled over cow corner off a Michael Beer full toss.

    That blow was followed by a broadening of the shoulders from a player rarely associated with clearing the ropes, but then a reversion to type which meant England subsided only slowly as the tail folded to Beer and Allenby.

    Home openers Luke Towers and Marcus Harris had set the tone two days ago with a stand of 115. But this time both fell cheaply to Rankin, Towers caught at third slip and Harris lbw playing no shot to one that kept low after hitting a crack.

    With Test linchpin James Anderson spared any unnecessary second-innings bowling exertions, change bowlers Finn and Stokes might also each have had an early wicket - but Lynn was dropped on 12 by Rankin diving to his left at mid on off the former and then on 19 by Joe Root high to his right at second slip.

    Finn eventually got his second and third wickets of the match, Marsh lbw and Tom Triffitt caught-behind in the same over.

    They had come at the cost of 165 runs by then, and when Tremlett struck for the first time - Ashton Turner lbw pushing forward round his pad - he too had three figures in the penultimate column.   (Sky)

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  • Come with us to South Africa 2014, Best tour ever!!!

    Posted on October 23, 2013 by Selby

    As the African summer draws to a close, our boys will be heating up as they go head to head against the Proteas in three Test matches quickly followed by three T20 Internationals

    Dates Match Location
    12-16 February 2014 1st Test Centurion
    20-24 February 2014 2nd Test Port Elizabeth
    1-5 March 2014 3rd Test Cape Town
    9 March 2014 1st T20 Port Elizabeth
    12 March 2014 2nd T20 Durban
    14 March 2014 3rd T20 Centurion

    For all the information on the Cricket Australia Travel Office program for the Tour of South Africa please download our brochure

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  • Dhoni blinder lifts India to 303

    Posted on October 19, 2013 by Selby

    Cricket Memorabilia from the India v Australia series will be available later this week specifically MS Dhoni signed cricket bat.

    India were 76 for 4, then 154 for 6. But they had MS Dhoni, and they ended on 303 for 9. The India captain twisted his ankle in the 14th over while turning for a second run. He hadn't even faced a ball yet. He motored to 50 off 77, and accelerated to his ninth ODI hundred in the next 30. Dhoni's favourite territory, the final stage of the innings, was yet to arrive. The Australia captain dropped him first ball of the penultimate over. Dhoni pulverized 34 off the final 12 deliveries to end unbeaten on 139. Even if it was normal service coming from Dhoni, that did not make it any less mind-boggling.

    The last time Dhoni made an ODI century, in December 2012, he took India from 29 for 5 against Pakistan to 227 for 6. Helping him that day was R Ashwin, who made an unbeaten 31 in a century stand. Ashwin was around today as well, showing superb calm in adding 76 for the seventh wicket with his captain. Before that, Virat Kohli had been an equal partner in a fifth-wicket stand of 72, but had fallen against the run of play for his third successive score of 50-plus this series.

    Admirable as these twin acts were, they were supporting ones. The stage belonged to Dhoni, who once again showed the entire range of his limited-overs batsmanship - from precisely-judged singles to hustling twos, from deftly placed boundaries to the late, towering sixes. And yes, he turned down three singles in the last two overs with Vinay Kumar at the other end.

    Dhoni hit one four in his first 67 deliveries. He ended with 12 fours and five sixes. Dhoni took little risk against the left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty when India were rebuilding. Doherty, with figures of 9-0-35-0, was held back for one over, which he came on to complete as the 41st. Dhoni pulled and lofted him for successive boundaries off the last two balls of the over. James Faulkner's first eight overs went for 33, including just one run off the 46th. Dhoni hung back in the crease at the end, pulling out scythes, slices, slogs, helicopter-swings. Faulker's last two overs had gone for 32. Between those two overs, the threat of Dhoni had made even as experienced a man as Shane Watson bowl two wides.

    Before all this Dhoni frenzy, India's specialist batsmen had been roughed up for the second time in three games by Australian pace and bounce. A bit of grass and bounce in Mohali and Mitchell Johnson had reduced them to 76 for 4.

    Suresh Raina, the new India No 4, looked thoroughly uncomfortable against Johnson, who was brought back soon after the left-hander came in at 37 for 2. Raina hopped, jabbed and missed. He tried hooking but could not bat to ball. When he did, off another attempted hook, he only edged to slip. Yuvraj Singh walked in on his home ground and walked back first ball, his dismissal a replay of the manner he fell to Johnson in the first ODI - wafting at a short of a length delivery away from the body and nicking it to the wicketkeeper.

    After their 176-run opening stand in Jaipur, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan didn't lasted long. Dhawan went caught-behind to a Clint McKay rising across him and squaring him up. Rohit tried forcing a front-foot pull off Watson, but the ball reared up quicker and higher than he anticipated, and a top-edge was taken by slip running back.

    Australia hadn't even been too disciplined with their lines and lengths, but only Kohli was able to take advantage of that. He looked every inch a batsman who had reeled off the fastest century for his country three days ago. He was ready to pounce on even slightly wide deliveries, and his timing ensured even some reasonably good ones went for fours. His driving on the off side stood out, as also his eagerness to take singles when wickets were falling. Kohli had chugged to 68 before he nicked part-timer Glenn Maxwell behind. India still had more than 20 overs to bat out, but they also had Dhoni.

    Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo


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  • Australian Cricketer Xhavier Doherty has the ideal opportunity to secure his place in the ODI ahead of the 2015 World Cup, in the Southern Hemisphere

    Posted on October 9, 2013 by Selby

    Xhavier Doherty

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  • Korean Grand Prix

    Posted on October 7, 2013 by Selby

    Korean Grand Prix Tyre Controversy

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  • Posted on September 28, 2013 by Selby

    Bangladesh in Zimbabwe a tour preview:





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