Cricket writing: a winter international at Valleys

by Justin Kruger   We’re talking cricket…July…Albion, Brisbane. ‘Perfidious’, you might think, is the missing word here; maybe a few tales of procrastinating physiotherapists, batting glove changes and other dastardly deeds. But no, it’s mid-July in Brisbane, and I’m off to the cricket. A one day game at the Allan Border Field, Australia A v [Read more]

Second Test – Day 4: Australians still in it

Second Test – Day 4 Test cricket is just brilliant. The elements are mixed so perfectly. The English brains trust was probably thinking of batting for a few more overs on the fourth morning just to grind the Australians into the Lord’s dirt, but the clouds gathered, the trust was re-convened and Andrew Strauss declared. [Read more]

Second Test–Day 3: Punter’s tactics work on me as well

By Andrew Starkie It seemed like a good idea at the time. When Daff made the pre-series call for volunteers to write daily Ashes reports, I thought, yup, sounds easy.  I put my hand up for Saturday at Lord’s, marked the date on the calendar and looked forward to a relaxing evening in front of [Read more]

Second Test — Day 2: The Aussies have a disastrous day and I lose my flag

By Ben Jensen To say myself and the lovely wife were looking forward to today at Lord’s is an understatement.  Last year we lived a stone’s throw from the ground and vowed to do anything possible to get to the Ashes Test.  Anything – even sign up to be a member of the England’s Supporters [Read more]

Second Test – Day 1: Worst-ever opening spell has Australians crying into their beer

By Tim Adam Johnson, comes in from the Nursery End. Short, wide. (Cue pencil on the table – crack) Four runs. (Applause) Cook to four. Johnson turns, comes in again. Short, wide. Four more. Cook to eight. Johnson again. Overpitched. Off his pads. Through square leg. Four more … Before returning to the first day’s [Read more]

First Test – Day 4: Rain helps the English cause

by John Harms The finest meteorologists in Wales promised us precipitation, and while their timing was a little out, and it was a little tardy, down came the rain. Enough of it to prevent any play after Tea on the fourth day. Which was a blessing for the home side: the Englishmen were in all sorts [Read more]

First Test – Day 3: Australians bat on, and on

by Peter Flynn Australia survived a jittery period with the second new ball to post a 44 run lead at stumps on a day interrupted by rain. With the prospect of more rain tomorrow, the odds on either a draw or an Australian win have shortened appreciably. My evening started with a ‘70’s meal of roast [Read more]

Cricket: Following the Test on the tele

Last time the Ashes were in England it was notable that the coverage was on SBS- not just for the non Nine Network commentary, but to watch without the ads. Cricket needs its rhythm which is why so many of us prefer the radio. So last night at 8pm I switched on to SBS. End [Read more]

First Test – Day 2: The Australians fight back

by John Harms Australia’s top order batted their side back into the First Test at Cardiff after their trundlers nearly bowled them out of it. Simon Katich took guard, had a long look at the armoury of the Englishmen, and decided he wasn’t going to be responsible for his own dismissal. He wasn’t. His unbeaten [Read more]

Cricket: Another Ashes squad announced

by Patrick O’Keeffe   One of my earliest sporting memories was sitting up in bed, listening to the radio coverage of the first test of the 1989 Ashes series. I was 8 years old and Deano was my hero. Although the Australian cricket team had been on the canvas throughout much of the 1980s, they [Read more]