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Almost incredibly, Australia goes to Dharamsala for the fourth and final Test with a realistic chance of winning a rare series in India – a feat that seemed fantastical ahead of the tour. Having lost just four wickets amid the cauldron of the final day in Ranchi, Australia ensured the series remained level and restored the goodwill fostered in the team in recent months.

Yet another stoic century from captain Steve Smith and an uncharacteristically patient innings from promoted all-rounder Glenn Maxwell saw Australia through to at stumps on Day 1 of the third Test against India.

As the build-up to a summer of Ashes cricket begins and debate continues around who should have the gloves for the Australian team, Monday memories revisits arguably the greatest Ashes innings by a wicketkeeper – or by an Ashes debutant.

As the build-up to a summer of Ashes cricket begins and debate continues around who should have the gloves for the Australian team, Monday memories revisits arguably the greatest Ashes innings by a wicketkeeper – or by an Ashes debutant.

Victorian Dean Jones was arguably the greatest one-day batsman of the 1980s, an attacking-minded entertainer with a scintillating array of shots. But he also possessed the classic cricketing instincts, patience and resolve to become a valuable member of the Australian Test team during a rebuilding era.

Victorian Dean Jones was arguably the greatest one-day batsman of the an .

Australian Test squad: Steve Smith (Captain), David Warner (Vice Captain), Cameron Bancroft, Jackson Bird, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine (Wicket keeper), Chadd Sayers, Mitchell Starc.

Australian Test squad: Steve Smith (Captain), David Warner (Vice Captain), Cameron Bancroft, Jackson Bird, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine (Wicket keeper), Chadd Sayers, Mitchell Starc.

Australian selectors have dropped multiple bombshells in announcing their 13-man squad for the opening two Ashes Tests in Brisbane and Adelaide.

Australian selectors have dropped multiple bombshells in announcing their 13-man squad for the opening two Ashes Tests in Brisbane and Adelaide.

England recovered to be 4/172 at tea, before Siddle went on a rampage. Stoic opener Alistair Cook’s 168-ball innings came to end when he edged Siddle to first slip, then wicketkeeper Matt Prior had his stumps rattled first ball, and Stuart Broad was trapped lbw to send the Gabba crowd into raptures.

England recovered to be 4/172 at tea, before Siddle went on a rampage. Stoic opener Alistair Cook’s 168-ball innings came to end when he edged Siddle to first slip, then wicketkeeper Matt Prior had his stumps rattled first ball, and Stuart Broad was trapped lbw to send the Gabba crowd into raptures.

With the cricketing summer just around the corner, Flashback Friday brings you a collection of some of the greatest outfield catches in cricket history.

With the cricketing summer just around the corner, Flashback Friday brings you a collection of some of the greatest outfield catches in cricket history.

The upcoming Ashes series in Australia is expected to be tight given the evenness of both sides and yet-to-be-solved holes in each line-up. England’s hopes of retaining the urn will rely on some key figures to contribute to an inexperienced side. Here are the five key players that represent the most danger to Australia’s bid to recapture Test cricket’s greatest prize.

The upcoming Ashes series in Australia is expected to be tight given the evenness of both sides and yet-to-be-solved holes in each line-up. England’s hopes of retaining the urn will rely on some key figures to contribute to an inexperienced side. Here are the five key players that represent the most danger to Australia’s bid to recapture Test cricket’s greatest prize.

Australia has had its fair share of talented wicketkeepers, most notably Ian Healy and his successor, Adam Gilchrist, who burst onto the scene in 1999 with a stunning maiden Test century during a three test series against Pakistan in Australia. Few could have predicted that by the end of his career, Gilchrist had completely changed the expectations and demands of wicket-keepers throughout world cricket.

Australia has had its fair share of talented wicketkeepers, most notably Ian Healy and his successor, Adam Gilchrist, who burst onto the scene in 1999 with a stunning maiden Test century during a three test series against Pakistan in Australia. Few could have predicted that by the end of his career, Gilchrist had completely changed the expectations and demands of wicket-keepers throughout world cricket.

The focus will be solely on the five-day format when England arrive Down Under for the Ashes series, but we can’t resist highlighting one of our favourite individual performances by an Australian at the Poms’ expense.

The focus will be solely on the five-day format when England arrive Down Under for the Ashes series, but we can’t resist highlighting one of our favourite individual performances by an Australian at the Poms’ expense.

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