Kevin Pietersen’s England career is over after he was told that he is no longer part of their plans. Continue reading “Pietersen’s England career over”
England are in the humiliating position of being about to lose the Ashes in a 5-0 whitewash as they lost the fourth test to Australia by eight wickets.
It has been a horrible series since day one for England, and the team that thrashed Australia 3-0 just a few months ago are falling apart completely against the same team.
Mitchell Johnson has certainly been the star of this Ashes series with his amazing bowling, and the Australians batters have also looked like new players in this series.
England,meanwhile, are terrible. Many questions are being asked about captain Alistair Cook and almost everyone else in the Three Lions team.
England need to go away from Australia and have a serious change, or England international cricket may be doomed.
England batsman Jonathan Trott has left their tour of Australia.
The Warwickshire batsman cited a long standing stress-related condition as the cause of his absence. He has struggled in the Ashes this series, as he had only reached a total of 19 in two innings. He had a very tough time against Mitchell Johnson’s bowling. Continue reading “Ashes: Trott leaves tour”
England suffered their second worst defeat in terms of runs as they lost the first Ashes test in Brisbane.
Set a very tough target of 561 from the terrible second and third days, England could have reached it at a score of 142-4, after finishing yesterday on 24-2. However, they went from that scoreline to 151-8 and then 179 all out. It means that the tourists go behind in an Ashes series for the first time in seven years. Continue reading “Ashes: England slump to embarrassing defeat”
Australia moved within touching distance of winning the first Test after they thrashed England on the third day.
Brilliant centuries from captain Michael Clarke and opener David Warner put the Australians in complete control.
Clarke (113 off 130 balls) and Warner (124 off 154 balls) were the two main performers in the Aussie line-up, with Brad Haddin (53) the only other one to score over half a century. However, it was enough as they declared on 401-7. Continue reading “Ashes: Australia humiliate England to almost certainly win first Test”
England completely fell apart on the afternoon of the second day to basically hand the Test to Australia.
Chasing a total on 295, England got off to a good start, reaching 82-2. But then the mother of all collapses happened; England went from that scoreline to 136 all out.
England lost six wickets for just nine runs in ten amazing overs. Mitchell Johnson (4-61) ran rampage through England alongside Ryan Harris (3-28). Both bowlers regularly managed speeds of 90 mph – the England line-up simply couldn’t deal with it.
England lost three wickets for no runs at one stage, and Graeme Swann was out for a duck, with Matt Prior doing even worse – a golden duck.
Only Michael Carberry (40) and Stuart Broad (32) scored any higher than 20 for England. Broad had earlier added to his impressive figures against the Australians as he took six wickets.
Never since 1990 in Melbourne where England lost six wickets for three runs has there been such a dramatic wicket loss for the tourists. Australia batted to 65-0 before the day’s close, leaving England at the very least 224 runs behind.
Former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott has labelled England’s collapse as ‘pathetic’ and that they have ‘gifted’ the first test to Australia.
There are three more days of play left in Brisbane.
England picked up on from where they left in the last Ashes series as Stuart Broad took five wickets to put the tourists in control.
Broad, 27, took figures of 5-65. He was booed by the Australian fans, who are angry at him for not walking when out in the last Ashes series. However, Broad laughed this off later, saying he was unconcerned by it.
Australia ended the day on 273-8. Despite being 132-6 at one stage, a good seventh-wicket partnership between Brad Haddin (78 n.o.) and Mitchell Johnson (64) saved the Australians from an embarrassing end to day one.