Crickdose: Three Things That We Learned From The Final Ashes Test

England have managed to bounce back and draw the Ashes 2-2. Even though Australia retained the urn, there are a lot of positives for England to take home. So, here are the top three things that we learned from the final Ashes test:

1) Amazing Archer

Jofra Archer took a six-wicket haul once again. This was his second such haul in the series. He bowled with great pace and skill. The Australian batsmen were unsure of how to play him. This youngster has shown that he is a superb bowler and he could become a key component of the England test side over the next few years.

2) Dashing Denly

Joe Denly managed to score a third fifty on the trot. However, he will not be happy because he was just 6 runs away from a maiden hundred. Although the man of the match award went to Archer, Denly’s innings was equally important for England. He has certainly cemented his place in the team for the winter tours.

3) Wizard Wade

Matthew Wade scored his second century of the series and showed his class. Even though it was a lost cause, Wade battled for a long period. There was a particular spell from Archer where Wade looked in all kinds of trouble. However, he battled through it and ensured that the inevitable England win was delayed as much as possible.

To sum up, this test proved that this England side should not be underestimated, especially at home. Australia made the mistake of putting England in to bat, and they capitalised on this decision. After a long English summer, England won the World Cup after the final scores were level, and they lost the Ashes after the final scores were level. Amazing!

Crickdose: Three Things That We Learned From The Fourth Ashes Test

It’s official, Australia have retained the Ashes. Not many people expected them to bounce back after the heartbreaking loss in the third test. But they have managed to turn it around. So, here are the top three things that we learned from the fourth Ashes test:

1) Superb Smith

Steve Smith has simply proved to be the difference between the two sides in this match. His superb batting in both the innings ensured that the Aussies had a big lead and were able to set a huge target. Smith has been absolutely sensational during this series and has managed to win the hearts of all cricket fans (except the Englishmen)!

2) Denly Battle

Joe Denly scored a fifty for the second time in two matches. Although he was asked to open the batting this time, he adapted very well and played a patient innings. Even though it was not enough to scrape a draw in the end, his innings was an important one and shows that he is a wonderful player.

3) Cunning Cummins

Pat Cummins has now become the world number one bowler and also achieved his highest ever personal rating. These feats were truly deserved because he has been sensational during this series. He has managed to fox the English batsmen and lured them to play rash shots. Pat Cummins could become one of the best Aussie bowlers of all time.

To sum up, this test showed that the Aussies are now a force to be reckoned with. They have found their mojo again and have managed to retain the Ashes with one match to spare. The other teams around the world need to be wary of the Aussies once again!

Crickdose: Three Things That We Learned From India’s Test Series Win Over The Windies

The second test between India and the Windies followed a similar script as the first one. The Windies were unable to compete with India, despite showing some glimpses of their talent. So, here are the top three things that we learned from India’s test series win over the Windies:

1) Brilliant Bumrah

This series has shown us that Jasprit Bumrah is a world-class performer. He has performed well on a consistent basis, and he has the ability to adapt to the conditions very quickly. Bumrah has shown great control, and he managed to pick up a hat-trick as well. He is certainly the future of the Indian bowling attack.

2) Superb Vihari

Vihari is an underrated player who has the ability to be a consistent performer. He managed to score a century in the first innings of the second test, while also contributing a half-century in the second innings. He could be the answer to India’s middle-order woes of recent times. Vihari needs to keep up this form and show his capabilities on a consistent basis.

3) Raging Roach

The Windies had a really poor series. There was not much to write home about. However, there was one player who proved how good he is. Kemar Roach had a superb series with the ball. He could easily have got a hat-trick as well. His bowling average places him among the best pacers ever produced by the Windies.

To sum up, the test series proved to be a one-sided affair. India managed to continue their winning streak and are now leading the World Test Championship. But their next challenge could prove to be a tricky one – South Africa are looking to bounce back from a disappointing World Cup. Exciting times ahead.

Crickdose: Three Things That We Learned From India’s Test Series Win Over The Windies

The second test between India and the Windies followed a similar script as the first one. The Windies were unable to compete with India, despite showing some glimpses of their talent. So, here are the top three things that we learned from India’s test series win over the Windies:

1) Brilliant Bumrah

This series has shown us that Jasprit Bumrah is a world-class performer. He has performed well on a consistent basis, and he has the ability to adapt to the conditions very quickly. Bumrah has shown great control, and he managed to pick up a hat-trick as well. He is certainly the future of the Indian bowling attack.

2) Superb Vihari

Vihari is an underrated player who has the ability to be a consistent performer. He managed to score a century in the first innings of the second test, while also contributing a half-century in the second innings. He could be the answer to India’s middle-order woes of recent times. Vihari needs to keep up this form and show his capabilities on a consistent basis.

3) Raging Roach

The Windies had a really poor series. There was not much to write home about. However, there was one player who proved how good he is. Kemar Roach had a superb series with the ball. He could easily have got a hat-trick as well. His bowling average places him among the best pacers ever produced by the Windies.

To sum up, the test series proved to be a one-sided affair. India managed to continue their winning streak and are now leading the World Test Championship. But their next challenge could prove to be a tricky one – South Africa are looking to bounce back from a disappointing World Cup. Exciting times ahead.

Crickdose: Three Things That We Learned From The Epic Third Ashes Test

The third test of the Ashes proved to be a real spectacle (no pun intended!). While wiping his glasses, Jack Leach hung on with Ben Stokes towards the end to give England a sensational one-wicket win. So, here are the top three things that we learned from the epic third Ashes test:

1) Superb Stokes

What can be said about Ben Stokes? He was simply outstanding in this match. First, he took crucial wickets with the ball in the second innings. Then, he batted out of his skin to ensure that England chase down the biggest target in their test history. His 135* will be remembered as one of the best innings ever.

2) 67 All Out

In their first innings, England were shot out for just 67 runs. This was yet another score under 100 for the Englishmen. They have made it a habit in recent months. However, they batted much better in the second innings, and ultimately got the win. Nevertheless, they need to address these batting collapses as soon as possible.

3) Marvellous Marnus

Marnus Labuschagne was not an automatic pick for Australia in this series. But he has proved to be indispensable for them. The rest of their top order has been extremely inconsistent, but Labuschagne has continued his superb form with the bat. If Steve Smith is fit for the next test, it will be interesting to see whether Labuschagne is retained.

To sum up, the test was an epic battle that will be remembered for years to come. The way the match ebbed and flowed; it could have gone either way. But Ben Stokes was determined to win it for his team, and so he did. The Ashes is nicely poised at 1-1 with two matches to go.

Crickdose: Three Things That We Learned From The Second Ashes Test

Although the second test ended in a draw, it was one of the most exciting matches in recent times. Both teams gave it their all till the last ball. So, here are the top three things that we learned from the second Ashes test:

1) Magnificent Marnus

History was made in this test match. Marnus Labuschagne was the first player in history to be a concussion substitute. He replaced Steve Smith, who was hit on the head by a bouncer. Labuschagne proved to be an amazing replacement for Smith, scoring 59 in the second innings for his team and rescuing a draw.

2) Amazing Archer

Jofra Archer was simply superb with the ball. He was playing in his debut test, but he looked rather accomplished with the ball. He managed to pick up 3 wickets in the second innings, managing to give England a chance of a win. But Australia managed to survive the storm. Nevertheless, Archer could prove to be a great weapon for England.

3) Roy Fails

Jason Roy’s struggles in the test format have continued. The England opener failed once again. There has been a lot of talk regarding moving him down the order. But that would mean that someone else needs to open the innings. Although Roy is unlikely to be dropped, he needs to pull his socks up quickly.

To sum up, the test was a really exciting one and Australia managed to hang on for the draw. They still have a 1-0 lead and that may just prove to be crucial going into the third test. The fans simply cannot wait!

Crickdose: Three Things That We Learned From The First Ashes Test

After a prolonged build up, the Ashes is finally here. This time, it is expected that it will be a really close series. And the Aussies proved it right by staging a stunning comeback to win the first test. So, here are the top three things that we learned from the first Ashes test:

1) Sensational Smith

Steve Smith had a mixed World Cup. He did play some good innings, but he did not look convincing by any means. But in the first Ashes test, he was back to his absolute best. It is hard to say whether his 144 in the first innings was more important or the 142 in the second. But these two centuries indicate that he is simply in sublime form.

2) Legend Lyon

In the first innings, Nathan Lyon did not have much of an impact. But he more than made up for it in the second innings. His bowling on the last day was simply unplayable. He managed to pick up six wickets, ensuring that the Aussies got the win. Lyon is considered to be one of the finest spinners around, and he lived up to his reputation.

3) Anderson Injury

James Anderson only managed to bowl four overs in the first innings. He injured himself and had to go off the field after that. He did bat in both the innings, but could not bowl in the second innings. This was a huge blow for England as they were always a bowler short. England would have been better off had he not played at all.

To sum up, the test proved once again that the Aussies should never be written off. They have managed to come back from 8 wickets down inside the first two sessions to win the game. Hats off to them!

Crickdose: Three Things That We Learned From India’s T20 Series Win Over The West Indies

India came into the T20 series against the West Indies with high expectations. The West Indies have been inconsistent in recent times and this series proved to be an easy one for the Indians. So, here are the top three things that we learned from India’s T20 series win over the West Indies:

1) Brilliant Kohli

Kohli proved to be India’s best batsman during the series. He managed to string together partnerships with others at vital times. Although he scored just one fifty in the series, his contributions were critical. His captaincy was also excellent, making good use of his bowlers and fielders.

2) Charming Chahar

Deepak Chahar got just one game in the series. But in that solitary match, he managed to show his class. His bowling with the new ball was so good that he got immense praise from Kohli himself. He managed to display great control and was even compared to Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He will be hoping to continue this form in the near future.

3) Pant on Fire

Rishabh Pant was being questioned after the first two matches of the series. But he managed to silence his critics in the final game. He played his shots all around the ground and provided great support to Kohli. He will he hoping to carry this form to the one-dayers. This could help him in cementing his place in the side.

To sum up, the series proved to be a cakewalk for the Indians. They managed to smash the West Indies 3-0 and are now looking full of confidence for the rest of the tour. Can the West Indies fight back?

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Crickdose: Three Things That We Learned From England’s Win Over Ireland

Ireland played a test match at Lord’s for the very first time. England were the opposition, and they were expected to steamroll the Irish. But that is not how it panned out. So, here are the top three things that we learned from England’s win over Ireland:

1) Marvellous Murtagh

Tim Murtagh would never have imagined that he would be on the honours board at Lord’s. That too in the away dressing room. After so many years on the English county circuit, Murtagh opted to play for Ireland in international cricket. His first visit to Lord’s as an international player proved to be memorable as the Irish bowled out England for a mere 85.

2) Leach Show

Jack Leach is a spinner who bats a bit. This statement may have to be reviewed in the wake of the match. Leach batted outstandingly well for his 92 and managed to get England back in the game. He placed a high value on his wicket, managing to frustrate the Irish bowlers. For his effort, he was chosen as the man of the match.

3) Wonderful Woakes

Chris Woakes does not appear to be an intimidating bowler. However, if the conditions are right, he can prove to be a real handful. Woakes bowled superbly well in the second innings, as Ireland were bowled out for just 38. England managed to record a comfortable win and this was all due to their superb bowling.

To sum up, the Test was an amazing game of cricket and showed that Ireland can compete at the highest level. They managed to push England all the way, but eventually came up short. Hats off to the Irish.

Crickdose: Three Things That We Learned From Zimbabwe’s Suspension

The ICC has suspended Zimbabwe’s cricket board with immediate effect. This also means that the national team cannot play in any matches. Here are the top three things that we learned from Zimbabwe’s suspension:

1) Funds Mismanaged

For a number of years, there have been reports of financial mismanagement in Zimbabwe Cricket. It has been reported that the funds that were being provided by the ICC as well as the sponsors were not being used towards cricket. Also, the government was deemed to be interfering in the operations of the board.

2) Players Suffer

Players have been the biggest losers of this saga. This is because they cannot play for their country anymore. It also has a major impact on their ability to earn. And it is not just about the players, their families are also going to suffer with them. It is really a sad state of affairs. Players like Solomon Mire have already announced their immediate retirement.

3) Drastic Decline

This development marks a drastic decline for Zimbabwe as a cricket-playing nation. Just a few years ago, lofty targets were set by the administrators in the country. They wanted to make cricket the number one sport in the country and wanted to climb up the test rankings. In fact, Zimbabwe did really well at the 1999 World Cup. But those days are history now.

To sum up, the suspension has come as a major blow to Zimbabwe. Their players are shattered and there appears to be no viable solution in sight!