Brendan McCullum was one player who was loved in each and every Cricket playing nation. And, that’s why, when the reports of his retirement came through, there was a sense of sadness in the entire Cricketing fraternity.
B Mac was not more than an average player in the first half of his career, but, he really teed off in his early thirties and was probably still at his peak when he decided to call it quits.
McCullum’s batting style was such an audacious one. He could just destroy the morale of any bowler in the world.
Shane Warne believes Adil Rashid has got the potential to win games for England with his leggies, but, only if the team management does not run out of patience with him.
Rashid has started his test career on England’s ongoing
tour of Emirates and has been proving to be very expensive in front of the Pakistani batsmen who are pretty efficient when it comes to handling the spinners.
But, according to Warne, Rashid is only in the early stages of his test career. He will get better with more games.
Steve Smith confirmed yesterday that he’s not Australia’s captain in the shortest form of the game and it was just because of Aaron Finch’s unavailability that he led the side in the one off Twenty-20 versus England the other day.
Australia managed to beat England by 3-2 in the 5-match One Day International series.
The Kangaroos won the decider easily by 8 wickets yesterday and ended their disappointing tour on a good note.
The conditions were perfect for batting on a gorgeous day at Old Trafford and it was a very good toss to win for England.
The ball was always going to nip around early on, but, after half an hour or so; the batting would have been enjoyable.
It’s not long back when Mitchell Johnson had proved to be sort of unplayable for England.
The Three Lions were just not able to find a way to deal with the left arm speedster when they had faced him in Australia a couple of years back.
But, Johnson might not be able to make the same sort of impact in the Ashes series this time around as he is not going to get the pitches to his liking.
The English pitches will be slow and low and bounce will not be that much of a factor.
James Faulkner is very quickly turning himself into a batting all rounder now. These days in the Indian Premier League, he is batting 5 or 6 for his team Rajasthan Royals and he is delivering for them too.
Faulkner’s biggest strength as a hitter is his bat swing. It’s so fluent that most of the times, the connection happens to be perfect and the ball goes sailing into the stands and, his power too.
Faulkner is such an incredibly strong man that he actually does not need to hit the ball off the meat of the blade to get the maximum value for his shots. His half hits are enough.
Glenn Maxwell’s return in form is the best news for Australia at this stage because if Maxwell is delivering with the bat, it makes them that much more deadly a team to contend with.
In the title game of the Carlton Mid tri series, Maxwell scored 95. The value of that knock was immense just because of the time at which it was played.
English had the chance to win that game right there when Maxwell arrived. If they had got rid of the Victorian and a couple more low order players cheaply, the Aussies would have struggled to get to even 150 on those tricky 22 yards in Perth.
Mitchell Johnson appears to have been affected by the amount of workload that has been put on him this summer by his captain Steven Smith.
The ferocious fast bowler is starting to collapse a little bit and the reports are coming through that the Australian team management might keep him out of the Sydney test match on precautionary grounds.
In the three test matches against India, Johnson has not bowled with the same kind of pace that he had been bowling with during the 2013-14 Ashes series.
Australia might not be playing with the strongest XI in the opening game of the test series versus India.
Many of the players who regularly feature for the Kangaroos in test cricket are devastated by the recent Phillip Hughes’ tragedy and the Australian Cricket Board totally understands their situation.
The board chief, Mr. James Sutherland, clearly said while talking to the press yesterday that it’s not mandatory for every player to feature in the first game.
Stuart Broad’s injury has given Harry Gurney another opportunity to prove that he is World Cup material.
The Southpaw paceman would probably not have found himself in the touring party to Sri Lanka if Broad had not been sitting out recovering from his operation.
Broad and Anderson are two certainties in the England bowling line up in the World Cup. The third will certainly be a spinner, whether it’s James Tredwell or Moeen Ali and the fifth will be an all rounder.