Almanac Cricket: Regaining the Ashes

Brendan McArdle has been following the England v South Africa Test series closely and sees an English team that looks set to struggle in this Summer’s Ashes series.

Almanac Cricket – ICC Champions Trophy: One of Cricket’s Best-kept Secrets

Brendan McArdle takes an in-depth look at Australia’s team ahead of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy. Have the selectors given Steve Smith the right team for the tournament?

Almanac Cricket: It’s not A. Agar who should be taking the heat for a disappointing Australian tournament

Brendan McArdle is flabbergasted at the selection of Australia’s team at the World T20 Cup.

Shaun Marsh? Really? (An old yarn, re-visited)

Brendan McArdle questions the selectors’ dalliance with Shaun Marsh. [This is BMcA’s analysis in early 2014 – JTH]

England v India: Terrible from the Poms

The Poms are on the slide. Brendan McArdle reports on their terrible first day’s performance at against India at Lord’s.

Great sporting fare

Our wise owl Brendan McArdle puts some recent sporting moments into perspective. [Point taken – Ed]

Golden moment concludes golden summer

Brendan McArdle with a look at the Cape Town victory and the performance of the Australian side across the summer.

Third Test – Day 1: Thoughts on Cape Town

Brendan McArdle reports on a day of superb Test cricket; a day which the Australian skipper will remember for a long time.

First Test – Day 1: Invers gets it right at Centurion

Brendan McArdle celebrates a very good decision from the Australian selectors.

Clarke Time

Have the Poms got Michael Clarke sorted out? Brendan McArdle looks at the skipper’s record against the Englishmen and wonders what is going on.

Australia bumbles along as selection process fails

At times over the last two years Australian cricket has shown it is emerging from the chaos of the Andrew Hilditch era. Yet still we manage to shoot ourselves in the foot. Mistakes like the Agar one have proven to be very costly, writes Brendan McArdle.

What to do with Mitchell Starc?

Mitchell Starc is without doubt one of the most talented young cricketers in the world but at the moment he is creating more problems for Michael Clarke than he is solving, and he is flattering to deceive.

Third Test: Warner and Watson to save the day?

It may come down to this argues Brendan McArdle: only Warner and Watson have the potential to turn things around in the Old Dart. Believe it, or not.

The Ashes: Considering the elevation of footy and the place of cricket

Some astute observations from B. McArdle.

First Test: As good as 2005?

Brendan McArdle reckons the way this series has started it could be up there with 2005.

England win a timely reminder for Australia

England’s 2-1 series win over India last Monday was one of its best achievements in years and a timely reminder for Australia heading towards next year’s Ashes contests, says Brendan McArdle.

Stars align for Australian cricket

The stars are aligning nicely for Australian cricket. The English empire is crumbling and Australia is motoring along nicely in the UAE. It’s been a big week, and the resignation of Andrew Strauss was by far the biggest part of it. His decision came as no surprise. He has been in ordinary form for two [Read more]

Cricket: Proteas too good as fans enjoy another ripper Test

  The South Africans are on top of the world Test rankings and deservedly so. They have just completed a convincing 2-0 series victory over England at Lord’s after an enthralling Test match, and can now look towards their trip to Australia in November with confidence. Michael Clarke’s men have much to ponder.

Australian selectors still preferring the cryptic over the quick

  After watching Australia’s two one-dayers against England, there is one disturbing thought to emerge : some ghosts of the Andrew Hilditch era may have returned to our selectors’ thinking. There at Lord’s was that perennial selection of 18 months ago, Steven Smith, while Mitchell Johnson waltzed straight back into the side at The Oval when Pat Cummins succumbed to [Read more]

Ashes within reach as England lose their mojo

  by Brendan McArdle The first two days’ play of the Test match in Galle between Sri Lanka and England have proven two things :  England are a hopelessly incompetent team in the sub continent, and their hold on the title of no.1 Test team is very tenuous.      Never mind the fact that England have bounced [Read more]