Category: Test cricket

Australia vs India: Second Test preview and prediction

Australia will be desperate to turn things around in the second match of their series against India when the sides head to Perth for the first ever Test at Optus Stadium. The hosts were outplayed during the first Test in Adelaide. While the final margin of victory might have only read 31 runs, they were […]

Seven months in, what’s the verdict on Justin Langer?

Justin Langer was fast-tracked into the Australian coaching role over seven months ago now, so in the professional world of modern-day cricket, a job appraisal seems slightly overdue. Admittedly, the Aussies are in the middle of a series right now, but the cricket never really stops these days anyway, so a quick analysis now seems […]

Would Mark Taylor have made a good CA chairman?

Malcolm Speed, former CEO of Cricket Australia, has suggested Mark Taylor take over as chairman from David Peever. Taylor ruled himself out of any such position but it made me wonder – what sort of Cricket Australia chairman would he have made? Like most cricket fans, I loved Taylor as a player and a captain. […]

Australia on the brink of something special in UAE

Australia achieved something significant by drawing the first Test against Pakistan but starting today they have a chance to do something truly special – win a Test series in Asia. Since Australia’s golden era ended a decade ago, they quite incredibly have won just three out of 24 Tests in Asia and, for a long […]

Pakistan vs Australia: Second Test preview and prediction

After Australia grimly held on for a draw in Dubai, it has set up a winner-takes-all battle in Abu Dhabi for the second Test of their series in the United Arab Emirates against Pakistan. This being a two-Test series put extra significance on what Australia’s batsmen were able to do during Day 5 of the […]

Expect fireworks between Hohns and Langer around the selection table

Chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns and Australian cricket coach Justin Langer are two very strong-willed men. With Hohns’ track record over 15 years of ending careers well-documented, and Langer’s track record of strongly supporting anything Western Australian, there’s bound to be conflict over selections. And it may well need the calming influence of Greg Chappell, […]

Paine confirms three debutants for first Test

Australian captain Tim Paine has confirmed there’ll be three debutants named in the XI for the first Test against Pakistan, which starts on Sunday. Aaron Finch, Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne will all make their Test debuts for Australia in what is an inexperienced squad. There was talk of a fourth debutant, but Michael Neser […]

Pakistan vs Australia: First Test preview and prediction

After a six-month hiatus, the Australian team will be back playing Test cricket as they travel to the United Arab Emirates for a tough two-Test series against Pakistan. While all the focus is rightly on the Australian team heading into the series, their opponents are less than settled and it’s shaping up as an intriguing […]

In Prithvi Shaw, have India unearthed the next Gavaskar or Tendulkar?

Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar and Prithvi Shaw: pocket-rocket Indian batsmen standing just 165 centimetres tall, but huge on talent. Sunil Gavaskar was the first Test batsman to crack the 10,000-run barrier, Sachin Tendulkar the leading Test run-getter with 15,921 and 51 Test centuries, and yesterday Prithvi Shaw became the youngest Indian to score a Test […]

Mitch Marsh and Josh Hazlewood named joint vice captains for Australian Test side

Mitchell Marsh’s continued spot in the Australian Test side has been all but solidified after he was revealed as a surprise vice captain for the Australian Test team today. With Steve Smith and David Warner’s suspension still in effect, the national selection panel and Cricket Australia board today revealed the appointment of Marsh and injured […]