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Patient India can be a template for England

Winning cricket matches in Australia is hard. Hostile crowds and daunting records greet tourists before a ball is bowled. On the pitch, aggressive batting and intimidating bowling take over. At home, Australia dominate.   The setting for the deciding test between India and Australia was at the seat of this dominion, The Gabba, or ‘The Gabbatoir’ […]

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Sydney was a blip. Australia has changed since ‘Sandpaper-gate’

Day five at the Sydney Cricket Ground bore witness to a historic fightback as India batted out the day to secure a draw. Ajinkya Rahane’s much depleted side showed great character, surviving 131 overs against arguably the world’s best attack, which only three weeks earlier had bowled them out for 36 runs. Despite this, the […]

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Ball tampering brings shame on Australia but Smith can rise from the ashes

In his short Test career, Cameron Bancroft has hardly set the world alight with his batting – registering a high score of 82 in one of only two times he has gone past 50 – but he has certainly proven himself no stranger to drama. Having become the first Australian opener to make his debut […]

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Cricket World Cup Preview: the Hosts

Form Devastating. Both Australia and New Zealand have been in supreme form in 50 over cricket since the World T20 in March 2014. Australia have won twelve of their eighteen games in that period, including their last seven completed games in a row, whilst New Zealand have won nine of seventeen. Australia come to the […]