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Ashes Preview

The Ashes is a cricket trophy that is fiercely contested between England and Australia. There has always been a great rivalry between these great cricket nations, and whether it is before, during or after the Test Match the players always have plenty to say.


The Ashes series gets under way on Wednesday, with England taking on Australia at Trent Bridge. Here are some key numbers involved matches between the two at the ground:

20 - Number of Tests between England and Australia at Trent Bridge.

4 - Number of England wins.

7 - Number of Australia wins.

9 - Number of draws.

658-8 declared – England’s top innings total, 1938.

602-6 declared – Australia’s top innings total, 1989.

112 - England’s lowest innings total, 1921.

123 - Australia’s lowest innings total, 1953.


Key Stats:

James Anderson needs one wicket to go past Fred Trueman’s 307 into third place on his own amongst England all-time wicket-takers.

Ian Bell needs 75 runs to reach 6000 in Tests. He will be the 14th to do so for England.

Stuart Broad needs five wickets to reach 200 in Test cricket? He will be the 15th to reach this for England and the second youngest.


Top sledges during the ashes:

1 Mark Waugh to Jimmy Ormond on his Test debut, 2001: “Mate, what are you doing out here? There’s no way you’re good enough to play for England.” Ormond: “Maybe not, but at least I’m the best player in my own family.”

2 Merv Hughes to Graeme Hick et al: “Mate, if you just turn the bat over you’ll find the instructions on the other side.”

3 Hughes again: “Does your husband play cricket as well?”

4 Mike Atherton, on Merv Hughes: “I couldn’t work out what he was saying, except that every sledge ended with ‘arsewipe’.”

5 Dennis Lillee to Mike Gatting, 1994: “Hell, Gatt, move out of the way. I can’t see the stumps.”

6 Derek Randall to Lillee, after taking a glancing blow to the head: “No good hitting me there, mate, nothing to damage.”

7 Ian Healy, placing a fielder yards away at cover when Nasser Hussain was batting: “Let’s have you right under Nasser’s nose.”

8 Tony Greig, England’s South African-born captain, to the young David Hookes, 1977: “When are your balls going to drop, Sonny?” Hookes: “I don’t know, but at least I’m playing cricket for my own country.” Hookes hit Greig for five consecutive fours.

9 Rod Marsh, late Seventies: “How’s your wife and my kids?” Ian Botham: “The wife’s fine – the kids are retarded.”

10 Bill Woodfull, Australia’s captain in the Bodyline series of 1932-33, responding to Douglas Jardine’s complaint that a slip fielder had sworn at him: “All right, which one of you bastards called this bastard a bastard?”

11 In 2005 Ricky Ponting was chirping Michael Vaughan as he came to the crease. Vaughan turned around and said “Get back in the slips Ponting. Who do you think you are, Steve Waugh?”

12 Ian Healy to Mike Atherton after he failed to walk when nicking one behind “You edged that you fucking cheat” Atherton: “When in Rome, dear boy…”


How damaging could Australia’s defeat be?

by: Kyle Green

Australia’s defeat earlier this week against India will have come as something of a shock to more than a few cricket fans. Since the loss, Australian fans have reacted to it in different ways, some predicting a subsequent fall from grace for the Aussies as they prepare for even bigger challenges, and some believing it to be a minor blip. 
Brett Lee for one truly seems to believe that Australia’s defeat could prove to be a blessing in disguise as the Aussies prepare for the Ashes 2010 series against bitter rivals England. Lee reckons such a defeat “makes guys switch on a lot more” and could in fact be “the best thing” the Australians could have wished for at this stage in their preparation.
However, to many England fans, this will seem like attempting to put a silver lining on a very large cloud hanging over the Australian camp at the moment. Yes, the defeat will ensure that complacency doesn’t enter the minds of the Aussies and that expectations from the Australian media don’t reach ridiculously sky-high levels. That said, there’s something to be said for momentum, even in a sport played at a relatively low tempo such as cricket.
The problem for Australia is that they now realise, as Steve Waugh has stressed this week, that they need to bounce back from this setback sooner rather than later. Waugh revealed, quite sensibly, that “if we come away from India having lost 2-0, it will affect our form going into The Ashes“. The longer the period of time that elapses without this win coming, the more pressure will be heaped on the shoulders of the players and the more difficult it will become to bounce back.

Twenty20 World Cup Squads

Group A – Pakistan (A1), Australia (A2) and Bangladesh
Group B – Sri Lanka (B1), New Zealand (B2) and Zimbabwe
Group C – South Africa (C1), India (C2) and Afghanistan
Group D – West Indies (D1), England (D2) and Ireland

Super 8’s Groups

Group 1 –A1, B2, C1 and D2
Group 2 –A2, B1, C2, and D1 

Here is the twenty20 World Cup Squad of India, Pakistan, Australia, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Zimbabwe, England, New Zealand, West Indies, Bangladesh, Ireland and Afghanistan. 

India twenty20 World Cup Squad: M S Dhoni (Captain & WK), M.Vijay, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Praveen Kumar, Ashish Nehra, Dinesh Karthik, Rohit Sharma, Piyush Chawla, R.Vinay Kumar. 

Pakistan twenty20 World Cup Squad: Shahid Afridi (Captain), Abdul Razzaq, Kamran Akmal (WK), Misbah-Ul-Haq, Salman Butt, Umar Akmal, Khalid Latif, Fawad Alam, Hammad Azam, Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Amer, Saeed Ajmal, Md. Hafeez, Abdur Rehman, Md. Sami. 

Sri Lanka twenty20 World Cup Squad: Kumar Sangakara (Captain & WK), Sanath Jayasurya, T.Dilshan, C.Kapugedara, Mahela Jayawardne, Angelo Mathews, Thissara Perera, Dinesh Chandimal, C.Jayasinghe, L.Malinga, N.Kulasekara, M.Muralitharan, Suraj Randiv, Ajantha Mendis, C.Welegedara. 

Australia twenty20 World Cup Squad: M.Clarke (Captain), Brad Haddin (Wk), David Hussey, M.Hussey, Tim Paine (Wk), David Warner, Daniel Christan, Shane Watson, Cameron White, M.Johnson, Brett Lee, Dirk Nannes, Nathan Haurtiz, Shaun tait, Steven Smith.

New Zealand twenty20 World Cup Squad: Daniel Vettori (Captain), Brendon McCullum (WK), Ross Taylor, M.Guptil, Nathan McCullum, Jacob Oram, Jesse Ryder, Scott Styris, Aaron Redmond, Rob Nicol, Garath Hopkins, Kyle Mills, Ian Butler, Shane Bond, Tim Southee. 


England twenty20 World Cup Squad: Paul Collingwood (Captain), K.Pietersen, Craig Kieswetter (WK), Ravi Bopara, Michael Lumb, Eoin Morgan, Luke Wright, M.Yardy, James Tredwell, Graeme Swann, Ryan Sidebottom, Ajmal Shahzad, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Tim Bresnan.

West Indies twenty20 World Cup Squad: Chris Gayle (Captain), S.Chanderpaul, D.Bravo, K.Pollard, Andre Fletcher, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Wavell Hinds, N.Deonariane, S.Benn, N.Miller, Denesh Ramdin (WK), Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Darren Sammy, Jerome Taylor.

South Africa twenty20 World Cup Squad: Graeme Smith (Captain), Jaques Kallis, AB Devilliers, Loots Bosman, H.Gibbs, JP Duminy, Albie Morkel, R van der merwe, Juan Theron, M.Morkel, M.Boucher (WK), Rory Kleinveldt, Charl Langeveldt, J.Botha, Dale Styen.

Bangladesh twenty20 World Cup Squad: Shakib Al Hasan (Captain), Aftab Ahmed, Imrul Kayes, Mahmudullah, Md. Ashrafull, Tamim Iqbal, Shafiul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Suhrawadi Shuvo, Naeem Islam, Mashrafe Mortaza, Jaurul Islam, Abdur Razzak, M.Rahim (WK), Sued Rasel.

Zimbabwe twenty20 World Cup Squad: Prosper Utseya (Captain), Elton Chigumbura, Chamu Chibhabha, Charles Coventry, Hamilton Masakadza, Craig Ervine, Andy Blignaut, Greg Lamb, Tatenda Taibu (WK), Graeme Cremer, Brendan Taylor, Vusi Sibanda, Chris Mpofu, Ray Price, Timycen Maruma.

Ireland twenty20 World Cup Squad: William Porterfield (Captain), Peter Connell, Trent Johnston, Alex Cusack, Andre Botha, Gary Kidd, Niall O’Brien, Paul Stirling, Gary Wilson (WK), Andrew White, Boyd Rankin, John Mooney, Nigel Jones, George Dockrell.

Afghanistan twenty20 World Cup Squad: Nowroz Mangal (Captain), Hamid Hassan, Dawlat Ahmadzai, Asghar Stanikzai, Mirwais Ashraf, Karim Sadiq, Mohammad Shahzad, Nasratullah Nasrat, Noor Ali, Mohammad Nabi, Shapoor Zadran, Shafiqullah, Samiullah Shenwari, Raees Ahmadzai, Shabir Noori.

ICC Champions Trophy 2009 Squads


Australia: Ricky Ponting (capt), Michael Clarke, Nathan Bracken, Callum Ferguson, Nathan Hauritz, Ben Hilfenhaus, James Hopes, Mike Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Tim Paine (wk), Peter Siddle, Adam Voges, Shane Watson, Cameron White.



England: Andrew Strauss (capt), James Anderson, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Paul Collingwood, Joe Denly, Eoin Morgan, Matt Prior (wk), Adil Rashid, Owais Shah, Ryan Sidebottom, Graeme Swann, Luke Wright, plus AN Other.

Andrew Flintoff ruled out by injury  


India: Mahendra Dhoni (capt), Yuvraj Singh, Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Ashish Nehra, RP Singh, Ishant Sharma, Dinesh Karthik, Praveen Kumar, Amit Mishra, Abhishek Nayar.



New Zealand: Daniel Vettori (capt), Shane Bond, Neil Broom, Ian Butler, Brendon Diamanti, Grant Elliott, Martin Guptill, Gareth Hopkins (wk), Brendon McCullum (wk), Kyle Mills, Jacob Oram, Jeetan Patel, Jesse Ryder, Ross Taylor, Daryl Tuffey.



Pakistan: Younus Khan (capt), Imran Nazir, Misbah-ul-Haq, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Yousuf, Kamran Akmal (wk), Umar Gul, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif, Rao Iftikhar, Saeed Ajmal.



South Africa: Graeme Smith (capt), Johan Botha, Hashim Amla, Mark Boucher (wk), AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Herschelle Gibbs, Jacques Kallis, Albie Morkel, Makhaya Ntini, Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Roelof van der Merwe.



Sri Lanka: Kumar Sangakkara (capt), Muttiah Muralitharan, Sanath Jayasuriya, Mahela Jayawardene, Upul Tharanga, Thilan Samaraweera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Angelo Mathews, Chamara Kapugedera, Thilina Kandamby, Ajantha Mendis, Thilan Thushara, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dammika Prasad, Lasith Malinga



West Indies: Floyd Reifer (capt), David Bernard, Tino Best, Royston Crandon, Travis Dowlin, Andre Fletcher, Kevin McClean, Nikita Miller, Kieran Powell, Dale Richards, Kemar Roach, Darren Sammy, Devon Smith, Gavin Tonge, Chadwick Walton (wk).