(602)…Dearth of quality Test openers

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There is dearth of quality test openers especially when playing in unfamiliar condition.   I believe picking non-experienced players while playing overseas is one of major reason for them to perform poorly. Since 1st Jan 2017, 84 batsmen opened the batting … Continue reading

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(602)….Year 2020 : Countdown to T20WC

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Counting back to back boundaries ….and 3 successive dot balls over in the year 2020!. I reckon Twenty 20 Cricket would be very fascinating this year, as we would see both batting and bowling excel in different times!. The 3-match … Continue reading

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(601)…7th Women’sT20 World Cup

149 players from 10 Teams will take part in 7th Women’s T20 World Cup played in Australia this year (Feb 20 – Mar 8 -2020) Interestingly out of 149 players 62(41.61%) are spin bowlers, which is a bit surprising considering … Continue reading

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(600)…Women’s Cricket (T20/tri-series) A Dress Rehearsal for World Cup ?

As the tri-series concluded today (12th Feb) one wonders whether this was a dress rehearsal for forthcoming T20 World Cup to be played in Australia in 9 days time ?. The World Cup is held this year in  Australia from … Continue reading

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(599)…BBL09(2019-20) A Review

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This year’s BBL had a new format that had a very distinctive schedule that allowed five teams to have a chance to win the tournament. Hence we saw some unique performance from teams. The feature of this tournament was last … Continue reading

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(598)…Ind in NZ(2020)

It seems India’s favourite place down under is New Zealand. This is the second time in less than a year they have traveled to New Zealand!.This time for a whole series featuring all 3 formats.   In 2019 they played … Continue reading

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(597)…Aus in India- ODI series review – Marginal difference despite India dominating.

India Australia 3 match short series got over with a blink of an eye. It was a run fest contest with no close result(post WC this has been a pattern for all teams). By winning the last two games India … Continue reading

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(596)…Aus v Ind ODI series(2020) Stats snippets

Here are some stats that surprised me during the India v Australia  series 2019-20. Josh Hazlewood not opening the bowling in 3rd ODI vs India. It was in Sept 2013 v/s England that Josh bowled first change. Overall only thrice … Continue reading

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15 Oct 2019 Last updated at 9:32 am(588)…Captains who led Australia in Test cricket(1999-2019)

A brief look at Australian Test trends since 1999 under various captains.  Below table is concise of how Australian team excelled in batting and bowling. 

Have used two indicators to reflect their batting and bowling performance.

In Batting I have selected 

a) Totals of 400 plus scores (both inns) Australia manage to post under various captains.  

b) Teams batted for 100 plus overs( both inns).

In Bowling I have selected 

a) Bowling out opponents for 250 or less total (both inns)

b) Taking 100 or less overs to pick 10 wickets (both inns)  


Here is a link to comparison of captains from West Indies team and Australian team. 

(354)…Factory that produces leaders.

(587)-Ashes 2019: Series level, unpredictable but deserved result

Ashes Review The series was unpredictable but  2-2 was deserved result for both teams. . England had won their first ever World Cup and with that success they went into Ashes as firm favourites. Then shockingly with great ease Australia … Continue reading

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(586)…Ashes 2019- Australia’s future rests on final days of Ashes.

The last 2 days of this series will decide the future of Australian test batsmen. If they are able produce miracle to salvage themselves from defeat, then they can happily keep their place in this squad. This marvel should be … Continue reading

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(585)…#Ashes2019(Role-play)selection -Wade marginally ahead of Travis

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In Test Cricket batsman’s role-play plays a huge role to build team’s total, particular if condition are suited for bowlers. In the ongoing Ashes scoring runs has been very difficult for both teams. Hence staying at the crease becomes vital … Continue reading

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(584)…Ashes- 1953 Illustration

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In 1953 England won back the Ashes after 15 years. The series was won  1-0 with first four being drawn.The 5th and final test was played at The Oval where England won by 8 wkts. Here is a window to … Continue reading

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(582)… Tough job opening in England!. A stats analysis of Ashes openers(1977-2019)

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Have been watching Ashes since 1977 & believe condition in England are toughest for any openers(home or visiting team). Here is snapshot of how openers performed in Ashes.

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Few decades ago bowling round the wicket was a rarity for fast bowlers. It was similar to bowling a slower ball. Today every right-arm fast bowler will go round the wicket if a batsman is a left-hander. It is interesting … Continue reading

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