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  • Great to see Pietersen score some runs even though he was dropped twice

    Posted on December 26, 2013 by Selby


    Kevin Pietersen produced a fighting knock on Boxing Day as England laboured to 226-6 after being put into bat by Australia in the fourth Ashes Test in front of a world record crowd of 91,092 at the MCG.

    A becalmed Pietersen made the most of being dropped twice to reach the close on 67 not out, his highest score of the series to date, after seeing several of his team-mates fail to kick on after making solid starts.

    Ian Bell was one of those to get out when well set; the Warwickshire batsman helped add 67 for the fourth wicket before becoming the second of two victims for the excellent Ryan Harris.

    Alastair Cook (27), Michael Carberry (38) and Joe Root (24) also gave it away when well set, meaning Australia's decision to stick their opponents in was just about vindicated.

    Home captain Michael Clarke had rather reluctantly decided to put his bowlers to work in the morning, a choice he admitted at the toss wasn't easy to make having batted first in convincing wins in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.

    England - without the now retired Graeme Swann and the axed Matt Prior as they sought to win back some pride now the Ashes are out of their grasp - were perhaps grateful the option of what to do was taken out of their hands.

    Skipper Cook (27) helped put on 48 for the first wicket before falling in rather disappointing fashion, prodding indeterminately at a wide delivery from Peter Siddle to provide his opposite number with a simple catch at second slip.

    Opening partner Carberry could have gone too in the first session, Steve Smith unable to cling on to a tough chance diving to his right at third slip. He was also extremely fortunate to survive an lbw appeal when he padded up to a delivery from the excellent Ryan Harris.

    However the left-handed batsman did not learn his lesson, shouldering arms to Shane Watson in the afternoon and seeing his off stump pegged back. Once again he had fallen when seemingly well set.

    Root found life a lot tougher in his 88-ball knock; he suffered a nasty blow to the shoulder early on and played-and-missed at a number of deliveries, suggesting it was only a matter of time until he was caught behind the wicket.

    Sure enough, the Yorkshireman pushed forward outside off stump to edge Harris through to wicketkeeper Brad Haddin, leaving the score then at 106-3.

    Pietersen enjoyed his first reprieve not long after when on six, substitute Nathan Coulter-Nile catching a pull shot at long leg only to then step back over the boundary rope. George Bailey also put him down when he had 41 to his name, though his opportunity was a much tougher one at mid-wicket.

    Bell was not so fortunate when he nibbled outside off stump to Harris, providing a simple catch to Haddin just as the second new ball was looming large and the scoring rate was almost at a standstill.

    Ben Stokes (14) and Jonny Bairstow (10) both perished before stumps, the latter cleaned up on his return to Test cricket having been named as one of two changes to the XI that lost at the WACA, the other being the recall of Monty Panesar to win his 50th Test cap.

    Tim Bresnan, who finished up one not out, kept Pietersen company through to the close, meaning England survived the late onslaught but once again found themselves reeling on the ropes.

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    Tony Selby


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  • England falter after good start

    Posted on December 15, 2013 by Selby

    Peter Siddle dismisses Kevin Pietersen

    Ashes 2013-14: England falter after good start

     

    Third Ashes Test, Perth (day two):
    Australia 385 v England 180-4
    Match scorecard

    England's grip on the Ashes slipped still further as Australia refused to relinquish control of the third Test in Perth.

    Setting out to overhaul Australia's first innings 385, they lost the key wickets of Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen in a dramatic three-over spell late in the day to close on 180-4, still 205 runs adrift.

    And with the Waca pitch showing sign of wear and Australia's attack offering a threat with both pace and spin, England face a struggle to achieve parity, let alone a position where they can push for more.

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    England still in the hunt - Carberry

    In contrast to the unhappy collapses in the first two Tests in Brisbane and Adelaide,the tourists' batsmen showed better application and discipline for much of another blisteringly hot day.

    Yet relentlessly tight bowling brought its reward as Australia chased the victory that would win them back the Ashes for the first time in seven years.

    England had prospered in the first half of the day until a significant chunk of those foundations came crashing down in the gripping exchanges that followed in an enthralling afternoon and evening.

    While much of the damage was done by Australia's probing five-man attack, there was also controversy in the pivotal moments.

    With the score on 90-1 10 minutes before tea, umpire Marais Erasmus initially gave Joe Root out caught behind off Shane Watson, and although the review requested by the batsman produced no clear evidence of an edge, third umpire Tony Hill decided that neither had he seen enough to overturn the decision, and Root was gone for four.

    Test Match Special analysis

    "This is England's opportunity to make sure they have learnt from the last two games. They just need to look to get close to this 385. If they could do that, they might just get that buzz in the dressing-room thinking they can win the game. They haven't had that in the first two Tests. They are in the game.

    "Pietersen deserves the criticism. He is a senior player and his five dismissals have not been good enough. With the level of performance we have seen from him, he is too good a player to be playing shots like he has in this series."

    The match and thus the series hung in the balance, and Cook reacted with characteristic determination even as Pietersen was forced to play with unusual defensiveness.

    The number four managed only three singles from the first 38 balls he faced - his slowest start in Test cricket - as Watson and Ryan Harris both found movement through the air and off the parched deck.

    Cook's second half-century of the series came up off 127 balls, but both batsmen were increasingly bogged down against the seamers, and when Nathan Lyon came on the tourniquet had its reward.

    Cook cut a short ball that bounced a little straight to David Warner at point to fall for 72, and when Pietersen survived an adrenalised battle with Mitchell Johnson only to slap a mistimed pull off Peter Siddle to the resting bowler at mid-on for 19, Australia celebrated as if the Ashes were won.

    It was the 10th time Siddle has dismissed Pietersen in Tests, and a sad waste of all that diligence against the higher-profile members of the attack.

    England had earlier cleaned up the remaining four Australian wickets for the addition of just 59 runs to their overnight 326, with Stuart Broad removing Johnson for 39 and James Anderson having centurion Steve Smith caught behind in the first 20 minutes.

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    The Analyst: Root's dismissal upheld

    Anderson also had Harris caught in the slips before the last-wicket pair of Nathan Lyon and Siddle added a frustrating 31.

    Cook and Michael Carberry then looked relatively serene as they compiled only England's second half-century opening partnership in 15 innings against Australia this calendar year.

    Smith missed the sharpest of chances full length to his left at third slip off Carberry but the pair continued to flourish after lunch until Carberry played on to Harris for 43, pulling away his bat too late after initially poking at a ball wide of off stump.

    It brought back memories of three years ago, when England progressed to 78-0 in their first innings here before Johnson and Harris ran through the team to leave them 187 all out.

     

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  • Australia to reach 161 without loss of 4th wicket- time to speculate 5/4

    Posted on December 7, 2013 by Selby

    With Australia on 132 for 3, great bet available can they reach 161 without losing the 4th wicket, with Warner on 83 and Smith on 23, looks a great chance -  I hope so 5/4 looks like easy money????


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  • Mitchell Johnson once again ripped through England's line-up, taking seven for 40

    Posted on December 7, 2013 by Selby


    With the batsman already under serious scrutiny after a woeful performance in Brisbane, the tourists were all out for a paltry 172 on day three in response to Australia's 570 for nine declared.

    Cricket memorabilia signings are taking place throughout the series and so far Cricket Collectables have secured a number of team signed cricket bats

    Mitchell Johnson once again ripped through England's line-up, taking seven for 40, while the only England batsmen to emerge with any credit were Michael Carberry and Bell, who both contributed half-centuries.

    Bell looked in splendid touch in his 72 not out, but despite his best efforts, England will have to dig deep to avoid falling 2-0 down in the five-match series, with the hosts extending their lead to 530 after closing on 132 for three in their second innings.

    "It was thoroughly disappointing," Bell told Sky Sports 2 "A very good wicket here and we haven't given our bowlers any opportunity to get back in the game.

    "It's disappointing, the guys are hurting but I can reassure you they are training and doing everything they possibly can to put this right in the second innings."

    England's fighting spirit has been questioned in some quarters after their third collapse of the series.

    However, Bell said: "As a group over a number of years, we've shown the amount of fight we have in that dressing room.

    "We haven't put it quite right so far on this trip but there's a lot of guys in there with a lot of cricket still to go in this series that will show people that we have got the fight.

    "It starts tomorrow and the last day so we certainly have to fight hard.

    "As an England team, we haven't done anything close to what we're capable of doing and what we should do for everyone else watching."

    Bell's ability to handle Australia's bowlers, and Johnson in particular, has led to renewed calls for the Warwickshire man to move up the order to number three.

    Joe Root was given the nod after Jonathan Trott returned home, and although the 22-year-old appeared comfortable in the role, he was one of seven batsmen guilty of giving their wicket away on Saturday when he swept the first ball he faced from off-spinner Nathan Lyon to deep square-leg.

    Bell added: "We'll see, it's not my decision really.

    "I've just got to go and do what I can for the team. I'm happy to bat anywhere for the team but I thought Rooty played very, very well until that dismissal.

    "I thought he shaped up brilliantly against the new ball."

    Tony Selby


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  • England need to fight back on day 3 at the Adelaide Oval

    Posted on December 6, 2013 by Selby


    The Aussies are back in control at the Oval, which is great news for them as they, have lost the last 3 Ashes series, anyway now they find themselves holding a commanding 535 run lead.

    Cricket memorabilia is as usual highly sought after and none more so on the 2nd day of the series than collectables associated with skipper Michael Clarke, who scored 148 runs caught by Anderson off Stokes and Brad Hadden 118 caught behind off Broad.

    The tourists need to put up a good show on day 3 and make a lot of runs. I think that the first hour will be crucial and essential not to lose any more wickets, if they can get through that unscathed on the predominantly flat wicket they could go for a high score

    It is encouraging to remember Kevin Pietersen batting at no 4 has scored centuries in both his Tests at the Adelaide Oval let's hope he does it again this time

    Of particular interest to collectors during an Ashes series down under is a signed cricket bat, autographed by both teams and management we hope to procure several of these over the series

    Tony Selby

     


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  • England looking good for a match win and still available at 11/4 with the draw, Adelaide Oval

    Posted on November 30, 2013 by Selby


    Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar gave England something to be cheerful about in their drawn match against the Cricket Australia Chairman's XI.

     

     


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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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  • 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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  • Posted on September 28, 2013 by Selby


    Bangladesh in Zimbabwe a tour preview:

     

     

     

     


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  • Monty Panesar,Gary Ballance, Ben Stokes, Boyd Rankin join the Ashes Tour

    Posted on September 24, 2013 by Selby


    Arguably England's number 2 spin bowler after Graeme Swann, Monty Panesar forgiven for his issues in Brighton (peeing on night club bouncers from a height) has been included  in the England team for the winter Ashes tour to Australia.

    Cricket memorabilia from the crucial "down under series" will be in big demand particularly signed cricket bats (by both teams, managers and umpires) signed scorecards, press photographs and cricket autographs and signed tour memorabilia from any of newly capped players who play impress. Fans who are attending matches would be advised to keep an eye out for Sheffield Shield Memorabilia very popular and collectable.

    Right arm medium fast bowler Boyd Rankin (Derby, Warks) 6ft 9in tall from  Co Tyrone  will take to the Australian wickets, providing extra pace and bounce and hopefully make an impression on the wicket tally, Rankin made his ODI debut in 2007 playing for Ireland against Bermuda.

    Ben Stokes has proved this  year  that he has developed his game, and merits a place in the team, the Durham all rounder has scored 674 and taken 40 wickets in his Counties winning season

    Some may feel that the selectors have been hard on Nick Compton and Graham Onions  choosing to play  inexperienced players in what must be the most important and competitive challenge in the cricket calendar

     The England Test squad is due to arrive in Perth 25/10, with the first Ashes match set to take place at  Brisbane four weeks later.

    England Squad : Alastair Cook (capt), Joe Root, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Jonny Bairstow, Matt Prior, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Steven Finn, Boyd Rankin, Ben Stokes, Monty Panesar, Michael Carberry, Gary Ballance, Chris Tremlett

    I personally think England will have to be on top form to win the series the odds offered on England are ridiculous 4/9 on and Australia looks a much better bet at 13/8

    Watch out for some great cricket collectables from each of the 5 Test matches listed below:

    Nov 21 Brisbane

    Dec 5th Adlelaide

    Dec 13th Perth

    Dec 26th Melbourne

    Jan 3rd Sydney

    Tony Selby


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