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Why Ponting should step down as Australian captain

Submitted by Rick Eyre on August 29, 2009 - 6:01pm

Quite simply, Performance dictates dismissal. Ponting's performance as Test captain in recent years dictates that. The only real argument against Ponting's removal as captain would be the TINA factor - There Is No Alternative. However, there is an alternative, an able, intelligent, mature one by the name of Michael Clarke.

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Oval days one, two, three: Australian Blowout

Submitted by Rick Eyre on August 23, 2009 - 6:21pm

Despite all the "Australia on top" rhetoric on Thursday night, the first day of the Fifth Test at The Oval was about as close to a statistical "honours even" as you can get. Then came the seismic shift on Friday afternoon.

Leeds Day Three: It's Deja Vu Till The Fat Lady Sings

Submitted by Rick Eyre on August 11, 2009 - 11:56am

Wasn't it kind of the England team to forfeit the Fourth Test at the fall of the sixth wicket on Sunday and play a Twenty20 game instead. Nice, too, for the Australian bowlers to join in the fun.

Leeds Day Two: Call the Boparamedics!

Submitted by Rick Eyre on August 9, 2009 - 7:23pm

Ravi Bopara has been an absolute batting genius for England against the West Indies. Three Test innings for three hundreds (104, 143, 108). Now take those three innings out of his career record, and what are left with?

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Leeds Day One: Normal transmission has been resumed.

Submitted by Rick Eyre on August 8, 2009 - 11:00am

Yes it's the traditional Australia versus England mismatch we know and love so well. For now. Saturday, as Scarlett O'Hara would have said if she was a Sky Sports cricket analyst, is another day.

Brum Day Five: Never click the back button when you don't mean it

Submitted by Rick Eyre on August 4, 2009 - 4:14pm

Captain-in-waiting Michael Clarke and Mister-Cricket-in-waiting Marcus North saved Australia's bacon in the Third Test at Edgbaston yesterday. With, it should be noted, the assistance of Mr Cricket himself, county-cricketer-in-waiting Mike Hussey, and chronic injury-in-waiting Shane Watson.

Brum Days 2, 3, 4 Mid Term Report

Submitted by Rick Eyre on August 3, 2009 - 6:19pm

Think of Saturday's day of inaction at Edgbaston not so much as a washout as a pause for half-time at the two-and-a-half Test point of the 2009 Ashes. It hasn't been a series of great science, but it's not dull. And we still don't really know how it's going to finish up.

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