Category Archives: Australia

Ripeness Is All

Relentlessly, the English medium-fast bowler James Anderson is climbing the list of all-time wicket takers (in Test cricket). At the time of this writing, he’s placed fifth (with 544), a mere 19 wickets below the great Australian quick Glenn McGrath, … Continue reading

Advertisement

Posted in Australia, Cricket, England, Right Off the Bat Website, Test Cricket, Zimbabwe | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Thousandth Test

On March 15 1877, Charles Bannerman and Nat Thomson strode out to open the batting for Australia at Melbourne against an England team, in what is generally acknowledged to be the first “Test” match—a cricket game of two innings each … Continue reading

Posted in Australia, Cricket, England, India, One-Day Cricket, Stadiums, T20 Cricket, Test Cricket | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Cricket Comes to Citi Field Revisited

The crepuscule of early November settles in Citi Field. The World Series is over, tho there are still faded signs stenciled outside the first-and-third-base lines proclaiming it. The mound has been flattened and covered, and there is a mostly dirt … Continue reading

Posted in Australia, Cricket, England, India, Pakistan, Right Off the Bat Book, Right Off the Bat Website, South Africa, Sri Lanka, T20 Cricket, West Indies | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Kumar—Cricket’s Great Hope

Cricket may be losing a player of a generation, but it could be gaining one of its great administrators. Numbers do not lie. He was right up there with all the plaudits, marching proudly with the greats of any era. … Continue reading

Posted in Australia, Cricket, England, India, Sri Lanka | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Peter Siddle: Australian Vegan

The news that the Australian medium-fast bowler Peter Siddle is a vegan was music to the ears of this particular blog. Evander is the editor of the famous feminist bible of veganism, The Sexual Politics of Meat by Carol J. Adams, a … Continue reading

Posted in Australia, Cricket | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Singed Phoenix

To England fans of many years (such as Martin), the team’s 3–2 victory over the Australians in the 2015 Ashes bears all the hallmarks of a very English success story—partial, inconsistent, worryingly incomplete: the eggiest of curate’s eggs. All the narratives proclaiming a resurgence … Continue reading

Posted in Australia, Cricket, England, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Test Cricket, West Indies | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Inside Scoop

Now that I (Martin) have turned fifty, my doctor has advised me to get a colonoscopy, and dutifully I have scheduled one for later in August. At a pre-operation, getting-to-know-you meeting, my surgeon, a dapper gentleman by the name of … Continue reading

Posted in Australia, Cricket, England, Pakistan, Test Cricket | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

England Subside Again . . . and Again

It is a truth universally acknowledged that when England win a Test match against opposition against whom they are “meant” to have lost, there will be much talk of “new beginnings” and “resurgence.” What is less universally acknowledged is that, a few … Continue reading

Posted in Australia, Cricket, England, New Zealand, Test Cricket, West Indies | Tagged , | Leave a comment

The Big Mo

In 2012, British distance-runner Mo Farah captured not only the 5000- and 10,000-meter gold medals in the London Olympics but the hearts and minds of the British public. His excellence, exuberance, and unabashed commitment to the country to which members of his … Continue reading

Posted in Australia, Cricket, England | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

The Broad Identity

Among the plaudits being offered following the England cricket team’s trouncing of Australia in the first Test match of the Ashes series, one man, in the humble opinion of this blog, is not getting his due. We agree that it is … Continue reading

Posted in Australia, Cricket, England | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment