Five Key Talking Points Ahead of England v India Test Series

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Five Key Talking Points Ahead of England v India Test Series England and India have locked horns in several thrilling limited overs contests on unusually dusty pitches during this month’s unprecedented heatwave. Fans that have braved the furnace-like conditions have been rewarded with some exciting, frenetic action, dominated by power hitting, bold decision making, devilish […] READ MORE


England’s Widening Cracks: Perth Talking Points

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When the English team touched down in Australia, the Australian Vice Captain sent out a clear warning to the English camp that they should be prepared for “war”. England Captain Joe Root was in bullish mood during his first Ashes Press Conference, saying, “We’re very confident. We’ve got very good experienced players that have been here […] READ MORE


Brisbane Test: The Talking Points

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The Ashes is the most keenly anticipated series of the international calendar and the first Test in Brisbane lived up to its billing. Both sides showed a lot of grit, application and inexperienced players stepped up to the fore. Australia showed professionalism on the last two days and won the Test by 10 wickets. We […] READ MORE



Australia vs England: What Does Day 4 Hold?

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At the moment the first Ashes Test is finely poised. England’s first innings total of 302 seemed like a par score, but they will be extremely disappointed with their collapse from 246-4. However, a superb unbeaten 141 from Australian captain Steve Smith stole the momentum away from England and gave Australia a handy 26 run-lead […] READ MORE


England’s Bowlers Toil in Final Warm-up Game

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England’s bowlers were left looking impotent in the absence of James Anderson as Cricket Australia XI easily batted out the final day of their warm-up game in Townsville. Only one wicket fell as 18-year-old Jason Sangha and 22-year-old Matthew Short hit maiden first-class centuries to secure a creditable draw. Mason Crane took the only wicket […] READ MORE


Ashes 2017/18: Ones to Watch

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Ahead of this winter’s Ashes series, LastWordonCricket‘s team takes a look at the players to watch on each side. Australia Josh Hazlewood (by Sean Wilson) Embed from Getty Images During the last Ashes series in Australia, Mitchell Johnson took virtually all the credit for his 37 wickets that helped secure a 5-0 whitewash for the Aussies […] READ MORE



England Announce Ashes Squad: Reaction

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Seldom has selection for England’s marquee Ashes series been announced against such a backdrop, with activities off the field dominating press interest and catapulting cricket from the back to the front pages. England’s selectors convened on Tuesday as shockwaves started to reverberate through the sport with news still filtering through of Ben Stokes’ arrest in […] READ MORE