Category: Test cricket

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 […]

Famous Test swansongs at The Oval

By playing his final Test match at The Oval against India earlier this month, seasoned English opener Alastair Cook joined an illustrious list of cricketers to have walked into the sunset at the iconic London venue. More often than not, The Oval has hosted the concluding Test of the English summer, making it a favoured […]