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Posted Dec 25, 2021 at AGB Cricket
There can't have been many live Tests, with all results on the table, in a four or five Test series, in the middle of January, at the Gabba, for a while. Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2021 at AGB Cricket
Posted Jan 6, 2021 at AGB Cricket
The First Test passed in the blink of an eye, but the advantage of an Indian tour is that the MCG is all but guaranteed a live Test. Not sure how India will shape up without their best batsman, one... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2020 at AGB Cricket
An email from Homer. There must be a Test match on. Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2020 at AGB Cricket
New Zealand make five changes, including Williamson; Australia goes in unchanged, manfully resisting the urge to pick six bowlers. Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2020 at AGB Cricket
I read "Justin Langer may pick a fifth bowler" as "Justin Langer may try to trick New Zealand into picking a fifth bowler." Which in turn says to me that Australia is worried about struggling to bowl out the NZ... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2019 at AGB Cricket
Well, this could be an interesting affair. New Zealand is the No.2 ranked Test side - not that it is possible to keep up with Test standings - and boast some fine batsmen, batting depth, and three excellent fast bowlers.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2019 at AGB Cricket
Apparently there was a First Test. Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2019 at AGB Cricket
Welcome to the new summer of cricket. Australia, fresh from retaining the Ashes 2-2 (instead of winning them 4-0), taking on Pakistan in what could be a wild shoot out if the reports of Pakistan's bowling are to be believed.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2019 at AGB Cricket
Hot on the heels of Steve Harmison kidding himself about Steve Smith and ball tampering, comes Jimmy Anderson kidding himself about pitch doctoring. "When you go to Australia, go to India, go to Sri Lanka – they prepare pitches that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2019 at AGB Cricket
England definitely have the momentum. Meanwhile, Australia drops Khawaja for Smith and rotates Pattinson for Starc. Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2019 at AGB Cricket
England and pretty much every pundit is agreed: England has the momentum. NOMENTUM To all you tryhard wannabe experts whose strongest held opinion is the last opinion you heard, and who said Australia had the momentum going from the draw... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2019 at AGB Cricket
Bit late to the party. Hors de combat (which, in case you were unaware, is French for hors de combat). Missed the washed out first day, which, given the nature of Test cricket, could have racked up myriad comments. Then... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2019 at AGB Cricket
I see no reason to alter this prediction. Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2019 at AGB Cricket
England go into the World Cup as heavy favourites. They look set to use power hitting to smash their way to victory on roads in small grounds. Australia, having followed on its standard taper tactic, will have already come up... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2019 at AGB Cricket
Australia have no doubt won Tests by an innings having made only 323, but not too many recently. That result says more about Sri Lanka than it does about Australia, but it was refreshing to finally have an easy win,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2019 at AGB Cricket
Sri Lanka was the first Test series Australia played after the retirements of Warne and McGrath with Tests in Brisbane and Hobart. Australia maintained standard operating procedure by spanking the Shrees in Brisbane, but between the First and Second Tests... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2019 at AGB Cricket
At least it's not a dead rubber. Not quite, anyway. Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2019 at AGB Cricket
A day late to the party. Second morning and Australia is currently bowling really well to Pujara and Kohli, but without any luck on a featherbed road that needs luck. So much for the MCG getting rid of its dead... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2018 at AGB Cricket
After the tight First Test, talk has moved onto the stock topic for a Perth Test, the pitch - currently, according to reports, green, bouncy, send them in, auto-publish - and how India may play four fast bowlers and take... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2018 at AGB Cricket
What's that, you say? A home Test match? Well, have at you then. Or, as they say in India, "They who say, have all things; they who withhold, have said nothing." (Except "I wish I'd said that at the time.") Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2018 at AGB Cricket
After the First Test draw it would be great if we could pinch the series with a win at the Sheikh Zayed. But that implies we have the momentum, and you know how much I hate the m-word. Nevertheless, after... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2018 at AGB Cricket
After the sandpaper, the sand. Will we cop our just deserts? Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2018 at AGB Cricket