Test Cricket

Jimmy Anderson in action as England skittle New Zealand.
Jim Smith - Jun 2, 2022

England’s latest red-ball reset has gotten off to a flying start with England skittling New Zealand at Lords. Having lost the toss and been put into the field by the Black Caps on what looked like a good day for batting day, it did not take long for Jimmy Anderson to make an impact on […]

Ben Stokes in action for England.
Jim Smith - Apr 28, 2022

Ben Stokes is clearly an inspirational leader. Whether it single-handedly leading England to victory at Headingley – surely his finest moment – or captaining a scratch English side to a 3-0 victory against a full-strength Pakistan, he is clearly a cricketer that teammates will follow. That he is extravagantly gifted, to the extent that he […]

Shan Masood in action for Derbyshire CCC.
Jim Smith - Apr 24, 2022

England has not been a happy hunting ground for Shan Masood when representing Pakistan. He has scored only 250 runs in total across nine innings in England, with 156 of those coming in one superb knock when Pakistan last toured the country. In his other eight innings, he has failed to record a score of […]

English Test Cricket is at its lowest ebb.
Jim Smith - Apr 22, 2022

The abject performance of the Test team has been the defining story in English cricket over the last 18 months. The summer of 2020 was reasonably positive for England as they beat the West Indies 2-1 and Pakistan 1-0, before recording a dominant 3-0 win away from home against Sri Lanka. They even got the […]

Mehidy Hasan Miraz in action for Bangladesh vs South Africa.
Jim Smith - Apr 7, 2022

South Africa, having been challenged for the first four days, ultimately recorded a very comfortable win over Bangladesh in the first match in Durban. But Bangladesh have been in fine form in recent months and will surely be determined to hit back in this second and decisive Test. Who will come out on top? Read […]

Dean Elgar of South Africa vs Bangladesh.
Nilanjan Sen - Mar 30, 2022

After a historic victory over South Africa in South Africa in the ODI series, Bangladesh now take on the Proteas in a two-match Test series starting on 31st March 2022 with Tests to be played at Kingsmead, Durban and St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth. So we here at LWOC are looking back at the statistical […]

Dean Elgar in action for South Africa.
Jim Smith - Mar 29, 2022

What a difference a few months can make. At the start of December, Bangladeshi cricket was in disarray after a miserable T20 World Cup and a humbling a Test series against Pakistan. Now the side look renewed after drawing away in a Test series against New Zealand and beating their current hosts in an ODI […]

John Campbell and Kraigg Brathwaite celebrate the West Indies victory over England.
Kiri Sathananthan - Mar 27, 2022

West Indies walked over the boundary line towards the pavilion feeling the elation of victory. Over the first two Tests, the West Indies did not really match England blow to blow, but they were still standing and ready to bring the fight. England can hardly say the same after another dismal showing. On a pitch […]

Johnny Bairstow in action for England vs West Indies.
Jim Smith - Mar 23, 2022

It has been, for the most part, a confidence-building series for both the West Indies and England when their batting units were both in desperate need of just that. But all that confidence may well wash away if either side falls at the final hurdle here. Who will come out on top in this series […]

Pat Cummins in action for Australia vs Pakistan.
Jim Smith - Mar 20, 2022

Though a historic occasion, it has, for the most part, been a disappointing series between Pakistan and Australia. There have been some fine individual displays with the bat, with both sides having piled on the runs, but there has been very little in it for the bowlers so far. Will that change enough in Lahore […]

Kraigg Brathwaite batting for the West Indies vs England.
Jim Smith - Mar 15, 2022

After the first Test of the series at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium ended in a hard-fought draw, both the West Indies and England will be hoping to take a crucial series lead in Bridgetown. Both sides also have reasons to feel confident, at least in their batting, after their efforts in Antigua, but who […]

Praveen Jayawickrama frustrated playing for the Sri Lankan cricket team.
Kiri Sathananthan - Mar 13, 2022

You’re a guest at someone’s house and refuse cake. Yet they tell you it’s the best tasting cake in the world. Why refuse? Likewise, why did Sri Lankan cricket do the same on the first day of the second Test against India in Bengaluru. It is mind-numbing that over the four years since Rangana Herath […]

Ravindra Jadeja and Virat Kohli in action for India.
Jim Smith - Mar 11, 2022

Sri Lanka, not for the first time, were comprehensively beaten by India in the first match of the series, in no small part thanks to a brilliant all-round performance from Ravindra Jadeja. The Sri Lankans will now have to dust themselves off and try to find a way to go again in a match in […]

Imam-ul-Haq in action for Pakistan vs Australia.
Jim Smith - Mar 11, 2022

After a historic occasion gave way to a rather dispiriting match in Rawalpindi, Pakistan and Australia will renew hostilities in Karachi in this second Test of the series. Pakistan had the better of the first match, and will feel confident of their chances of knocking Australia over here. But Pat Cummins’ side are a force […]

Joe Root prepares for the West Indies vs England.
Jim Smith - Mar 7, 2022

There is no arena more demanding in cricket than a Test match. Unfortunately for both the West Indies and England, they have been found wanting more often than not of late in this format. But this series represents a chance to get back on the right track for both sides as a result. Who will […]

Sarel Erwee scored a century for the South African Test cricket team.
Vyom Nanavati - Mar 3, 2022

During the post-series press conference after South Africa and India’s riveting battle in January, Dean Elgar explained how after the heavy defeat in the first Test match he provided a challenge to batters. While the exact parameters of the challenge weren’t given, Elgar did make it clear that “there were harsh talks and frank discussions”. […]

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Andre Russell will have a key role to play for Kolkata Knight Riders.
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