A hundred years of Bradman

August 27, 2008 – a day of celebration of the one hundredth anniversary of the birth of Donald George Bradman. And they celebrated at his birthplace, Cootamundra, the hometown of his youth, Bowral, and in a black tie dinner at the business end of Sydney. Has any other sportsperson, in any sport, anywhere in the world, been celebrated quite so much as The Don? Continue reading “A hundred years of Bradman”

Ashes 2005: Fifth Test The Oval

England v Australia, Fifth Test, The Oval, 8-12 September 2005
England 373 and 335, Australia 367 and 4 for 0.
Match drawn. England win the series 2-1.

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Ashes 2005: Fourth Test Trent Bridge

England v Australia, Fourth Test, Trent Bridge, 25-28 August 2005
England 477 and 129 for 7, Australia 218 and (follow-on) 387
England won by three wickets.

Scorecard

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Ashes 2005: Third Test Old Trafford

England v Australia, Third Test, Old Trafford, 11-15 August 2005
England 444 and 280 for 6 dec, Australia 302 and 371 for 9
Match drawn.

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Day 2: Cough up Danish

For giving Pratten Park Golden Boy Michael J Clarke a “far cough” after having him stumped at the SCG yesterday, Danish Kaneria is coughing up. Continue reading “Day 2: Cough up Danish”

Steve Waugh’s last day at the office

Kumble bowls. Waugh sweeps. He lofts it high in the air. Tendulkar waits just inside the square leg rope and takes the catch. And it’s all over. Continue reading “Steve Waugh’s last day at the office”

On the Adelaide Test

Adelaide has seen some remarkable finishes to Australia-India Test matches, but this year’s was a beauty. It’s not often a team can give away 556 runs in the first innings of the match and come back to win. Congratulations Sourav and the gang. Continue reading “On the Adelaide Test”

When the Waugh is over, Got to start again

The Sydney Test of January 1984 was a special event, as announcements came through during the match that both Greg Chappell and Dennis Lillee were to play their last Test for Australia. Although the match itself was nothing spectacular – Australia beat Pakistan by ten wickets – there was plenty of emotion as Chappell ended his career with a big century and Lillee ended his with a five-fer. Twenty years later, the Sydney Test of January 2004 will be no less special. Continue reading “When the Waugh is over, Got to start again”

Ricky Ponting’s public humiliation

I wrote this unbylined article for the 21 January 1999 edition of email publication Cricinfo365. The complete edition is sourced from archive.org’s Wayback Machine here. This article is also available on Cricinfo at http://www.espncricinfo.com/australia/content/story/80456.html. Continue reading “Ricky Ponting’s public humiliation”