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featurecricket4 months ago

Satire | Behind the scenes of the 2018 Cape Town ball-tampering scandal 

In light of the latest assertions from Australian opener Cameron Bancroft regarding the ever obvious but not accepted involvement  of the bowlers in the Sandpaper Gate, SportsCafe approached a few Aussie players and CA officials to get to the bottom of the story and found out some explosive details.
Harshit Anand
featurecricket8 months ago

Shardul Thakur’s inglorious second-debut shows more worry than promise

In 2003, an athlete making a false start was allowed to make another start and would only be disqualified after a second false start. But by the time the rules changed, the entire landscape of athletics changed, as they were given just one chance and one opportunity to take the lead.
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
featurecricketa year ago

Chris of ‘all’ trades, Woakes of none

Following England’s match-winning performance at Old Trafford, two distinct names garnered all the notice - Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes. While Stokes did it all possible, be it his slow and stubborn performance in the first or his rapid T20-like innings in the second but what about Woakes?
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
featurecricket2 years ago

Ashes 2019 | Oval Day 3 Talking Points: Nathan Lyon’s forgettable Ashes and Joe Denly’s fight for self-worth

England have the complete strangle over The Oval Test now, with an effective lead of 382 runs in the second innings, leaving Australia a mountain to climb. The day, however, would remember two Englishmen for contrasting reasons - Joe Denly for good, and Jonny Bairstow for worse.
Bastab K Parida
featurecricket2 years ago

Joe Root’s frailties talk less about him and more about toxic English cricket culture

2013-14 was one of the worst periods in English cricket. Not only things plummeted massively as far as the team culture goes, but it was also the time they started losing some of their talented players who had helped them become a brute force in Tests, culminating with the No.1 ranking in 2011.
Bastab K Parida
featurecricket2 years ago

Ashes 2019 | The Oval Day 2 Talking Points : Sam Curran balm to English pain and the collective UltraEdge mess up

Jofra Archer and Sam Curran put up a great show with the ball at The Oval as the duo rose above another Steve Smith masterclass to give England a 69-run lead in the first innings. However, the way Curran tried to bring his weapon to the fore straight away had to be the day’s biggest talking point.
Bastab K Parida
featurecricket2 years ago

Ashes 2019 | The Oval Day 1 Talking Points: Joe Root’s lucky escapade and Mitchell Marsh’s redemption

Mitchell Marsh had a dream day-out at The Oval as on his comeback Test, he dismantled English middle-order with a four-wicket haul. While that was staggering, Joe Root’s travails continued for yet another day as the English skipper couldn’t convert his fifties to a hundred despite three lives.
Bastab K Parida
featurecricket2 years ago

Ashes 2019 | Day 3 Old Trafford Talking Points - Mitchell Starc misfires and Rory 'Burns' bright

After a disheartening and demoralizing Day 2, Rory Burns and Joe Root ground hard and batted with grit and determination on Day 3 to keep England’s Ashes hopes alive. However, a late burst from Josh Hazlewood put Australia in the drivers’ seat before bad light eventually came to England's rescue.
Anirudh Suresh
featurecricket2 years ago

Ashes 2019 | Old Trafford Day 2 Talking Points - England's Steve Smith dilemma and Archer's misfiring arrows

With every passing innings, Steve Smith's greatness seems to be striking new heights as the Aussie played what could potentially turn out to be an Ashes-winning double-century. Beaten, broken and bruised, England will need to recoup in no time in order to have any chance of regaining the urn.
Anirudh Suresh
featurecricket2 years ago

Ashes 2019 | Lord's Day 5 Talking Points - Jofra Archer's abrasive arrows and Marnus Labuschagne's Steve Smith impression

A total of just 289 overs were bowled in the entirety of the match, but it turned out to be one for the ages as both teams brought out their A-game at the Home of Cricket. Travis Head and Marnus Labuchagne grinded out for a dramatic draw in the last hour to ensure Aussies retained their 1-0 lead.
Anirudh Suresh