The Oval - Protest planned for final Ashes Test over state of modern cricket. The organisers are the makers of the film Death of a Gentleman. Cricket is therefore run with no transparency and no accountability, according to Collins and his co-director Jarrod Kimber. Another theme of the film is that Test cricket is dying. This is not immediately apparent when an Ashes series is in full swing, but it is when other countries meet for a two-Test series which nobody turns up at the ground to…
The world’s best Test batsman, Steve Smith, equalled his first innings tally only to be unnerved by a ball from Broad that jagged violently back into him and thus tricked him into hanging out his bat limply at the next, which held its line and landed in the lap of second slip.
Then he moved away for a moment alone, while listening attentively to Cook's turn at the microphone. Later he said he was pleased for Cook, mainly because last year's witch-hunt of the England captain was brutal and demeaning. He knows what that feels like and he would not wish it upon any enemy, not even the captain of the England cricket team.
First Cook was castled by Starc. Nervous glances were exchanged as Ian Bell positively skipped out to the middle. Was this mere bluff and bravura? No, here was a wondrous, clear-headed determination to grab the game by the scruff of the neck. Five boundaries from nine balls from the meat of Bell’s bat and the cheers echoed round Edgbaston again and once Michael Clarke had spilled the catch at second slip even the pessimists began to recognise that this remained England’s day.
LOL. Australia crash and go up in flames. All out even before lunch on 1st day on 4 Ashes test at Trent Bridge. The only fourth time in history such a thing has happened. Australia's first innings is shortest in test history. It included the earliest fall ever of 4th, 5th and 6th wickets in test history. Broad's figures of 8-15 was England's third best ever in an Ashes test behind only Jim Laker's 9-37 and 10-53 at Trent Bridge in 1956.
2nd day, 1st test, Ashes 2015: England just edged Australia in tactics in a game that was equal parts patient and pugnacious on a pitch that is providing succour for neither batters nor bowlers. "The sight of two close catchers – one at very straight mid-on virtually in front of the non-striking batsman and the other in a line to short mid-wicket – and an outrider stationed at wide long-on forming a vast isosceles triangle carried a distinctly un-Cook air."
1st Test, 2015 Ashes: England are playing a very dynamic kind of game with the field placings and the bowling. The second innings saw 4 top-order wickets in 6 overs. In the beginning, "it took the left-hander [Warner] almost 40 minutes and 25 deliveries to score his first boundary despite the surfeit of England catchers gathered hungrily around the wicket, by which time he had already survived a reviewed shout for lbw and seen his partner Chris Rogers squared up and caught in the slips for…
Ashes tour 2015, 2nd ODI. The Lord's ODI ended with boos ringing around the ground, a frosty handshake and a terse exchange of views between Eoin Morgan and Steven Smith following the controversial dismissal of Ben Stokes for obstructing the field. Young captain Smith did well to know the law but was maybe unjust in pushing the appeal.
Michael Clarke: a battle for greatness and love. The deep intrigue of Clarke's life: "He wasn't good enough, he wasn't hard enough, he wasn't humble enough, he wasn't working class enough, he wasn't what they wanted. And deep down, he wasn't what he wanted, as he wanted to be loved. He was averaging 50 in Test cricket. That did not get him love. The love he craved, the love he thought he deserved."
Australia’s win in the final Test at The Oval wraps up on one of the more bizarre Ashes series in the the 133-year Ashes history. Every match has been a blow out and the toss has meant nothing and everything and the pre-match favourites lost every Test. It’s only the second Ashes series of five matches or more that’s had a result in every fixture, and not one Test has gone into the fifth day. And if you look purely at the stats, Australia should have won the series in a canter.