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All the latest cricket news and cricket match reports.

Twenty20 World Cup Schedule and Groups
A complete schedule of all the Twenty20 World Cup matches and team groups. Read More

Bob Woolmer Investigation
No-one can be discounted as a suspect in the murder of the former Pakistan coach, least of all those closest to him. Read More

Cricket World Cup
The opening match of the 2007 Cricket World Cup sees the West Indies take on Pakistan at Sabina Park in a match that could go either way if the big names fire. Read More

Match of the Century
Plan now to be in Walhalla on Saturday, April 14th, 2007 for the long-anticipated return bout, where a locally-assembled team of flanneled fools will again take on the might of the Melbourne Cricket Club. Read More

Warne and McGrath Retire
News has just broken that Australian legends Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath have retired from International cricket. Read More

2006 Adelaide Test Experience
Normally likened to a culinary digest Michelin would be proud of, the 2006 Report from Jon Cocks is all about cricket....5 full days of it and not a fillet mignon in sight. By Jon Cocks 06/12/2006

ICC Champions Trophy 2006
With the action set to explode in the 2006 Tournament, Abc of Cricket brings you the full schedule and team pools.
By Shane Dell 04/10/2006

England V Sri Lanka - 3rd Test at Trent Bridge
Sri Lankan spin ace Murali turned up the heat on England with a stunning performance in the dying innings of this test to square the series 1-1. By Neil Robinson 07/06/06

England v Sri Lanka - 1st Test at Lord’s
Sri lanka hung on for the draw after the England team threw away a match they should have easily won. By Neil Robinson 16/05/06

India v England - 1st Test at Nagpur
The opening match of the Series resulted in a draw with a number of debutantes on both sides performing to expectations. By Neil Robinson 08/03/06

Ashes Fans in for a Shock
The advice being given by England fans who have previously “holidayed” in Australia over past series is that anyone intending to visit will be able to obtain tickets when they want with the ease of buying fish and chips. By Shane Dell 18/01/06

Chappell Getting Results in India
The appointment of a new coach, the sacking of the captain following a squabble with the coach under the glare of media spotlights and an unprecedented series win – the past few months have been eventful to say the least, in Indian cricket. News by Blesson Gregory 11/12/05

2005 Adelaide Test Experience - Aust v Windies
Jon Cocks provides an account of the match from the Adelaide Oval where Brian Lara broke the world record for the amount of Test runs scored. News by Jon Cocks 29/11/05

Pakistan v England - 2nd Test Report
Two stylish centuries from captain Inzamam-ul-Haq ensured that Pakistan had the better of this drawn match in Faisalabad. Report by Neil Robinson 28/11/05

Meltdown in Multan
Needing just 197 runs for victory with 10 wickets in hand, England suffered a “meltdown” against Pakistan in the first Test at Multan. News by Neil Robinson 18/11/05

The Buck Stops Here
South African Hannes Bez takes Peter Roebuck to task over a recent comment regarding the captaincy style of Protea captain Graeme Smith. By Hannes Bez 04/10/05

England Bathe in Ashes Glory
Neil Robinson wraps up the Ashes Series with his final report and bathes in the glory of an England Ashes Series win. By Neil Robinson 15/09/05

The Decider - 5th Ashes Test Preview
The Ashes are still up for grabs and the 5th Test will decide who wins them. Neil Robinson previews the coming do or die match for both teams. By Neil Robinson 08/09/05

England Prepares for Ashes Glory
Neil Robinson casts a critical eye over the Aussie Juggernaut as he sums up England’s stunning win in the fourth Test at Trent Bridge. By Neil Robinson 31/08/05

Fourth Ashes Test Preview
The defining moment in the Ashes series has arrived for England. Can they stand up to the onslaught of the Aussie Juggernaut? By Neil Robinson 25/08/05

Afro-Asia Cup Farce
Join Hannes Bez as he launches a stinging attack on Jagmohan Dalmiya and his farcical creation the Afro-Asia Cup. By Hannes Bez 22/08/05

Aussies Tough it Out - 3rd Ashes Test
The Australian’s held off a determined England to salvage a very gutsy draw at Old Trafford to leave the series level on 1-1 in another nail biting finish. Report by Neil Robinson 18/08/2005

England Square Series Against Australia
A nerve jangling end to the second Ashes Test at Edgbaston has seen England square the series with a win that will be remebered by all who witnessed it for years to come. Report by Neil Robinson 08/08/05

Second Ashes Test Preview
Join Neil Robinson as he previews the second Test in the Ashes series. With the Aussies 1-0, England are looking to make amends and square the series. Preview by Neil Robinson 04/08/05

First Ashes Test Post Mortem
The inability of England’s batsmen to cope with the brilliance of Glenn McGrath, who reduced them to 21 for 5, combined with six dropped catches (a phenomenon England thought they had put behind them) as Australia claimed a devastating 239 run win in the first Test of this long-awaited series. Report by Neil Robinson 26/07/05

Ashes Test Preview
The decision by the England selectors to pick Kevin Pietersen ahead of the experienced Graham Thorpe is a clear statement of intent. This is an England side which believes in itself, which intends to take the game to Australia. By Neil Robinson 21/07/05

Aussie Juggernaut Wins Natwest Final
With one comprehensive victory each in this three-match Natwest Challenge Series, most people expected the deciding match between England and Australia at The Oval to be something of a special contest. By Neil Robinson 13/07/05

Aussies Find Form in Second Natwest One Dayer
There are two things which invariably seem to bring out the best in the Australian cricket team. One is any kind of challenge to their reputation as the most talented, capable and cussed outfit on the face of the earth. The other is Lord’s. Report by Neil Robinson 11/07/05

Trescothick Beats Aussie Hoodoo
England’s Marcus Trescothick finally broke the backs of the Aussie pacemen as England cruised to a nine wicket win over the Australian Juggernaut. Report by Neil Robinson 08/07/05

Thrilling Final Ends in Tie
One of the most memorable one-day internationals in years finished off the Natwest series in style, and set the scene for an enthralling Ashes summer as England and Australia played out a tied match at Lord’s. Report by Neil Robinson 04/07/05

Rain Dashes England Hopes - Natwest Series
England and Australia head into Saturday’s Final with honours even after rain forced the abandonment of their third Natwest series group match at Edgbaston. Report by Neil Robinson 29/06/05

Kevin Pietersen - The Real Deal
Flash in the pan or a one hit wonder! Hannes Bez says this man is The Real Deal. Basically ostracised from South Africa, KP has found a new home starring for England. Story by Hannes Bez 22/06/05

England Gathers the Momentum
The Poms have landed another crushing blow on the Aussie Juggernaut as they steamroll their way to a Series victory. Report by Neil Robinson 20/06/05

England’s Magical Moment
A magical moment! That’s the only way one can describe the opening International of the English summer where England thrashed Australia by 100 runs in the Twenty20 match at the Rose Bowl. By Shane Dell 14/06/05

England v Bangladesh 2nd Test Report
The humiliation continued for the Bangas with another crushing blow struck by England in the 2nd Test. By Neil Robinson 08/06/05

England v Bangladesh 1st Test Report
Neil Robinson reports on the predictable slaughter of Bangladesh at Lord’s during the 1st Test match. By Neil Robinson 30/05/05

England v Bangladesh Preview
With the opening Test of the summer rapidly approaching, English cricket followers have been having a few mild wobbles over the form of the national team’s star players. By Neil Robinson 16/05/05

Super Series Squads Selected
The ICC has announced an initial 39 man training squad for the ICC Super Series to be played against the Australians later this year. There’s no great surprises in the announcement, but what should be noted is the absence of Indian Captain Sourav Ganguly and New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming. By Shane Dell 10/05/05

Ganguly Must Go as Indian Team Captain
Once a valued member of the Indian team, Captain Sourav Ganguly looks to have outlived his usefulness and should step aside or be replaced as a matter of urgency. News by Shardul Mehta 20/04/05

Englands Summer of Cricket Begins
It’s good news all the way for Englands cricket tragics as the 2005 England summer of cricket officially launches at Lord’s on Friday 8th April when the MCC take on Warwickshire. By Shane Dell 07/04/05

England View of The Ashes
The editor of this site has rightly pointed out that England’s best chance of regaining the legendary little urn may come when the veteran powerhouses of Australian cricket finally retire. By Neil Robinson 06/04/05

Ashes Squad England Bound
Australia has announced its squad to tour England for the forthcoming Ashes Test Match Series which kicks off with the first Test at Lord’s between the two long time rivals on 21 July. By Shane Dell 05/04/05

South Africa Wraps-up ODI Series
Join Neil Robinson as he brings you all the highlights from the recently completed South Africa v England one day series. By Neil Robinson 17/02/05

Bradman Predicted Cricket’s TV Umpires
Cricket legend Sir Donald Bradman’s vision of the future of cricket was ahead of his time according to cricket luminary and commentating legend Richie Benaud. By Shane Dell 17/01/05

South Africa v England - 3rd Test Match Report
The Saffies landed a killer blow in Capetown and level the Series 1-1 after three matches. By Neil Robinson 09/01/05

Money Talks for ECB
The worst thing about professional sport is the one thing which defines it, money. It breeds a culture of arrogant, self-obsessed football stars, mercenary agents, bloodsucking city shareholders, overweening TV executives and paranoid administrators. By Neil Robinson 19/12/04

Adelaide Test and Taste Experience 2004
Join with Jon Cocks as he once again presents his regular feature that has become compulsory reading for cricket fans and wine buff’s alike. By Jon Cocks 01/12/04

Indian Groundsman Responds to Allegations of Pitch Doctoring
Suggestions have been flying thick and fast about pitches being doctored to suit the home team during the recently completed Series in India, where the home team took on and beat the Australians in the final Test at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
By Shane Dell 07/11/04

Final Frontier Conquered
Join with Jon Cocks as he takes us through Australia’s victory over India in conquering the Final Frontier. News by Jon Cocks 30/10/04

India Series Victory in Sight
Halfway through the long-awaited 'Final Frontier' series, in which Australia is attempting to win its first Test series in India since 1969, the Baggygreens have a 1-0 lead.
Report by Jon Cocks 25/10/04

Call to Boycott Zimbabwe Tour
There can’t be many individuals left in England who would still argue that top-class international cricket ought to continue to be held in Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe dictatorship.
News By Neil Robinson 04/10/04

England Denied Trophy Glory - ICC Champions Trophy
Browne and Bradshaw, sounding for all the world like a firm of colonial solicitors circa 1895, were the unlikely pair of tailend batsmen who led West Indies to a thrilling last-gasp victory over England in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy. Report by Neil Robinson 26/09/04

Bring on the Finals - ICC Champions Trophy
Join Neil Robinson as he wraps up the pool stage of the ICC Champions Trophy and congratulates England on their semi-final win against the Aussie Juggernaut. Report by Neil Robinson 22/09/04

World Cricket Second Division
The current ICC Champions Trophy which has been billed as a premier showcase event for world cricket is doing more damage to the sport than it is good and the only thing that appears to be getting showcased is the huge chasm between the world’s elite teams and it’s minnows. News by Shane Dell 16/09/04

ICC Champions Trophy Squads
The 2004 ICC Champions Trophy in England is set to kick off with the first matches between England and Zimbabwe at Edgbaston and New Zealand and the USA at The Oval on September 10. By Shane Dell 09/09/04

Winners and Losers - Videocon Cup
The attraction of playing in the Tournament seems clear for the teams. Testing yourself against world-class competition in the weeks preceding a major tournament seems like sensible preparation, yet India has fared badly in this tournament and not just because of their lacklustre performances.
News by Sarb Johal 28/08/04

Rain Beats India - Videocon Cup
The bus going to the ground was half-full of quiet Indian fans – a sharp contrast to the full-on party crowd who made their way to VRA Ground in Amstelveen just two days earlier for the duel with Pakistan. News by Sarb Johal 24/08/04

England v West Indies, 4th Test - Match Report
The demolition of the Windies continued without even the slightest fight from the Calypso “Clowns.”
Report by Neil Robinson 24/08/04

England v West Indies, 3rd Test - Match Report
Two-nil down and needing a win to salvage hope of a drawn series, West Indies batted and bowled well to earn a crucial first innings lead. They then got off to a solid start in their second innings, only for a middle order collapse to allow England back into the game. Report by Neil Robinson 17/08/04

England v West Indies, 2nd Test - Match Report
With the Windies two-zip down, the pre Series confidence of Brian Lara has been dealt a severe blow. How much longer can the Windies afford to keep him on as Captain?
Report by Neil Robinson 04/08/04

England v West Indies, 1st Test - Match Report
England continued their recent domination over the underachieving West Indians in the 1st Test at Lord’s. Report by Neil Robinson 29/07/04

The Final Frontier - Australia v India
The preference for the income generating one dayers played for television sponsors is a factor Jagmohan Dalmiya and his band of cricket “performers” might come to regret in early November, maybe even a little sooner. By Shane Dell 27/07/04

Ashes Cricket Series, 2005 Schedule
England are well prepared for the coming Battle of the Ashes in 2005. A full schedule of all the matches where England take on the Aussie Juggernaut during 2005. By Shane Dell 26/06/04

England v New Zealand, 3rd Test - Match Report
A spirited fight to the death by the Kiwis was not enough to avoid the Series clean sweep by England. Under the guidance of Vaughan, England now look to be a side worth their number three position on the ICC Test table. Report by Neil Robinson 15/06/04

England v New Zealand, 2nd Test - Match Report
England again triumph over the Kiwis and take the Series. They have now won two Series on the trot and are definitely steadying the ship to take on the Aussies in the 2005 Ashes.
Report by Neil Robinson 08/06/04

England v New Zealand, 1st Test - Match Report
A well fought contest sees England go one up in the Series against the Kiwis. Report by Neil Robinson 28/05/04

England v New Zealand, 1st Test at Lord’s - Preview
Little more than two weeks after their triumphant return from the Caribbean, England’s cricketers find themselves assembling for a new and probably tougher challenge as they take on New Zealand in the first of three Tests starting at Lord’s. Preview by Neil Robinson 19/05/04

ICC Criticise Zimbabwe Rebels
The International Cricket Council seem very confused at exactly what their role is in world cricket and the current issues affecting Zimbabwe cricket if their recent statements are any indication of the true state of affairs. By Shane Dell 06/05/04

Stuart MacGill, a Cricketer With A Conscience
MacGill, who at this time is a lone voice from the Aussie team, but likely to be supported by other players with a conscience in coming weeks, is to be commended for his stand, a stand made on moral grounds after much thought and consideration given to the pros and cons of touring Zimbabwe. By Shane Dell 23/04/04

West Indies v England, 4th Test - Match Report
There was never likely to be a winner of this match considering Brian Lara batted for 7 sessions of the 15 available. An historic series win for England and a memorable match for the Windies. Match Report by Neil Robinson 15/04/04

The Prince Reclaims his Batting Title
Just six months after Matthew Hayden took it from him, Brian Lara has reclaimed his batting title with a score of 400 not out against England at Antigua. News by Shane Dell 13/04/04

West Indies v England, 3rd Test - Match Report
England have the Windies by the throat 3-0 as they go into the 4th and final match of the series. Looking to make a clean sweep of the series, the English team are throwing off 36 years of dominance by the West Indian dynamoes.
Match Report by Neil Robinson 04/04/04

English Cricketer Held on Suspicion of Terrorism
Omar Khyam, a 22 year old former Captain of the Sussex under 18 team, has been placed under arrest and is being questioned by British anti-terrorism police in relation to his links and involvement in a plot to committ a terrorist bombing at an unidentified location in Britain. News by Shane Dell 02/04/04

West Indies v England, 2nd Test - Match Report
England win by 7 wickets and go 2-0 up in the series being played in the Caribbean whilst Michael Vaughan becomes the first England skipper to win two in a row.
Match Report by Neil Robinson 24/03/04

England Humiliate Windies in 1st Test at Sabina Park
Stunning is the only way you could describe the performance of the England team and their main strike bowler Steve Harmison. Having demolished the Windies for a record low score of just 47 runs in their second dig, England cruised to an easy victory and at the same time put the Australian’s on notice of what they can expect in the next battel for The Ashes. Match Report by Neil Robinson 15/03/04

Jones Will Join England Squad
In a dramatic series of events, it had barely been confirmed that Jones was to leave England’s A-tour of India to link up with Michael Vaughan’s senior squad before rumours began to circulate that a diagnosis of shin splints would lead to his withdrawal. News by Neil Robinson 29/02/04

Australia Eyes ICC Champions Trophy
The ICC Champions Trophy remains one of the last unconquered frontiers of the Aussie Juggernaut and the Australians have their eyes planted firmly on it with the view to adding to their trophy cabinet in the not to distant future. News by Shane Dell 10/02/04

Hookes Name Protected
Aghast at the audacity of any person prepared to cash in on the name of David Hookes in such an insensitive manner, I was very offended that a person would do such a thing, especially at a time when the Hookes family would no doubt still be grieving for their lost father and partner. Exclusive News by Shane Dell 09/02/04

Embrace Opportunity - Vale David Hookes
It’s not every day that one of your contemporaries becomes a South Australian legend. In an age when we ‘know’ celebrities because of their constant presence on TV and in the media, you don’t often claim actual acquaintance, but I did know David Hookes ever so slightly in my youth, half a lifetime ago. News by Jon Cocks 02/02/04

A Devastating Finish - David Hookes
The shocking news of David Hookes recent loss of life after being viciously assaulted by a ‘bouncer’ outside a suburban Melbourne hotel, has rocked the foundation of Australian and world cricket. Join Peter Argent as he pays tribute to ‘Hooksey.’ News by Peter Argent 21/01/04

2004 Travelex Cricket Roadshow
Australian cricket fans have the opportunity to view two of Australia’s most treasured items of cricket memorabilia this summer as part of the 2004 Travelex Cricket Roadshow, launched in Melbourne during the first match of the VB One Day Series on January 9. Find out where you cann see it.
By Shane Dell 12/01/04

England Squad to Tour Windies
England are hoping Glamorgan fast bowler Simon Jones will be fit for the team departure in late February for their tough tour to the West Indies.
News by Neil Robinson12/01/04

The Baggy Green Crown - Farewell Steve Waugh
After an illustrious International career spanning 18 years, Steve ‘Tugga’ Waugh has decided to say goodbye to the world arena and spend more time with his young family. News by Venkatesh Govindarajan 07/01/04

Australia v India, 4th Test at SCG - Match Report
If you tried to write the script for a match like this you simply couldn’t. It will go down in the history books not only for the departure of Steve Waugh, but also for the numerous records broken during an enthralling 5 days of play, which fittingly ended in a draw. Match Report by Jon Cocks 06/01/04

Australia v India, 3rd Test at MCG - Match Report
Steve Waugh bid farewell to Melbourne a more than happy man after the Aussie Juggernaut crushed India to level the Series 1-1 going into the deciding Test in Sydney. Join Jon Cocks as he disects the match that has all but spelt the end for India. Match Report by Jon Cocks 30/12/03

Bracken Has Earnt Selection
On his own merits, Nathan Bracken has earnt selection for the Aussie team, so why do many continue to question his inclusion in International squads.
News by Ben Carbanaro 24/12/03

Sri Lanka v England, 3rd Test at Colombo - Match Report
Sri Lanka handed England an absolute thrashing in the last match of the Series in Colombo. Join Neil Robinson as he recounts all the high’s and low’s, of an unforgettable match. Match Report by Neil Robinson 23/12/03

Sri Lanka v England, Tests 1 and 2 - Match Reports
Neil Robinson reports on the first two Tests in the current Series between Sri Lanka and England. Report by Neil Robinson 17/12/03

‘The Wall’ Does it Again
As the decisive factor in the victory over the Aussies in the 2nd Test at Adelaide, Venkatesh Govindarajan pays homage to the batsman they call ‘The Wall.’ News by Venkatesh Govindarajan 16/12/03

2003 Adelaide Test Experience - 2nd Test, Australia v India
Jon Cocks brings you all the highlights from arguably Australia’s best Test Cricket venue. Cocksy also provides the low down on all the best refreshments to quaff when the action in the middle slows down. Feature News Article by Jon Cocks 16/12/03

Touring Downunder India Style
Join Venkatesh Govindarajan as he fills you in on what to expect during India’s current tour of Australia. His guide to the grounds are essential reading for those unfamiliar with the land Downunder.
Special Feature by Venkatesh Govindarajan 01/12/03

Match Schedules - December
It’s one of the busiest months in the cricket calendar and Abc of Cricket hasa schedule of all the international test and one day matches for December 2003. By Shane Dell 30/11/03

Cricket Australia Comment on Waugh Retirement
James Sutherland pays tribute to “Tugga” Waugh after his announcement of retirement from cricket. News by Shane Dell 26/11/03

Steve Waugh Retires From Cricket
A short time ago, Steve Waugh announced his retirement from International cricket. Read what he had to say. News by Shane dell 26/11/03

Sri Lanka v England, ODI Series Report
After the last two matches were abandoned because of rain, this Series became a non event with Sri Lanka taking the Series 1-0. Report by Neil Robinson 24/11/03

Winning Isn’t Everything, It’s the Only Thing
The dust has settled as the same two teams now head downunder for a 4 test match series. But, even before the first ball has been bowled, excuses are being thought of. The Indian skipper says that the squad 'hopes' to put up a good performance in the country where India has managed to win only once in 40 years of cricket. News by Anoop Vijaykumar 23/11/03

Old Trafford, The Time is Right
Old Trafford has been a cricket ground since 1857 and the home of Lancashire CCC since their foundation in 1864. Given this history, any possible planned move away by the club to a new stadium in Manchester, will provoke strong feelings among some members.
News by Alex Wolstenholme 22/11/03

Bangladesh v England ODI Series Report
Join Neil Robinson for a comprehensive wrap up of the One Day Series in Bangladesh. Report By Neil Robinson 15/11/03

Format Crucial for Next World Cup
With 16 teams likely to attend the next World Cup in the West Indies, the ICC needs to start thinking now about the most apprpriate format for the tournament. News by Alex Wolstenholme 09/11/03

Bangladesh v England, 2nd Test - Match Report
It came as no surprise when England easily defeated Bangladesh at Chittagong to wrap up the two Test Series 2-0. Report by Neil Robinson 03/11/03

International Match Schedule - November
All the scheduled Test and One Day International matches for the month of November.

Bangladesh v England, 1st Test - Match Report
England may have won this match, but not before the Banglas gave them a decent fright. Join Neil Robinson as he wrpas up the first test in Dhaka.
Match Report by Neil Robinson 25/10/03

Hayden With 380 Runs Breaks World Batting Record
Australia’s Matthew Hayden has blasted into the record books by breaking the World Batting Record against the Zimbabweans at the WACA Ground in Perth during the first test by scoring 380 runs. By Shane Dell 10/10/03

Australia v Zimbabwe, 1st Test at WACA in Perth - Preview
The Zimbabwe pretenders should prepare themselves for physical pain according to Captain of the Aussie Juggernaut Steve Waugh, commenting in the lead up to the first Test scheduled to start at the WACA ground in Perth on Thursday 9 October. Preview by Shane Dell 05/10/03

International Match Schedule for October 2003
A complete list of all the scheduled international Test and One Day matches for October 2003. By Shane Dell 01/10/03

England Touring Squads
Neil Robinson reviews the England squads chosen to tour Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in coming months. Report by Neil Robinson 17/09/03

England v South Africa, 5th Test - Match Report
In one of the great Test Match turnarounds, England recovered from a traumatic first day to grab a convincing win over South Africa in the Fifth Test at The Oval and square the series 2-2. Match Report by Neil Robinson 08/09/03

England v South Africa, 5th Test - Match Preview
England go into the fifth Test at The Oval down 2-1 and are looking to draw the Series with a win. Join Neil Robinson as he previews the last match in the Series. Match Preview by Neil Robinson 03/09/03

England v South Africa, 4th Test - Match Report
A convincing win lokks to have shifted the balance of power back in favour of tourists. Neil Robinson brings you all the action from Headingley. Report by Neil Robinson 25/08/03

Tough Road Ahead for Warne
No doubt, up until now, Shane Warne would have been well on track for his return to International cricket at the end of his current drug ban on 10 February 2004, however, the news yesterday from Cricket Australia looks likely to impact on what would normally be seen as Warne’s automatic inclusion in the Australian team late into the coming Series against India.
Cricket News by Shane Dell 25/08/03

England v South Africa, 3rd Test - Match Report
England appear to have thrown down the gauntlet in the Series against South Africa. In a match that could have gone to either team, England came up trumps. Join Neil Robinson for a full report of the 3rd Test. Report by Neil Robinson 19/08/03

England v South Africa, 3rd Test - Match Preview
Plagued by recent retirements, England look to be going into this Test lacking experience in the bowling department. Match Preview by Neil Robinson 09/08/03

England v South Africa, 2nd Test - Match Report
A smashing victory for the Proteas looks to have set the scene for the next three Tests. Memories of the last Ashes demolition were present at Lord’s during this match. Report by Neil Robinson 04/08/03

England v South Africa, 1st Test - Match Report
A hard fought out affair resulting in a draw and setting the scene for the next match in the Series. A casaualty of the match was England skipper Nasser Hussain who resigned his captaincy. Report by Neil Robinson 29/07/03

Alec Stewart Calls it a Day
Surprising news came from the England camp just before the commencement of the first Test against South Africa, an announcement by veteran wicket-keeper Alec Stewart that he is to retire from Test Cricket at the end of this current Series. Article by Neil Robinson 27/07/03

England V South Africa - 1st Test - Preview
Neil Robinson previews the first Test at Edgbaston. Having got rid of some of the “dead wood” England look to have selected a very competent outfit.
Preview by Neil Robinson 20/07/03

England Win NatWest Series Final
England blasted South Africa out of the park in the Final of the NatWest ODI Tri Series. Join Neil has he recounts all the highlights. Report by Neil Robinson 12/07/03

Zimbabwe v South Africa, NatWest Tri Series - Match 9
Handed an absolute drubbing by the Proteas, Zimbabwe are now out of the NatWest Series. Report by Neil Robinson 10/07/03

England v South Africa, NatWest Tri Series - Match 8
The England team have their sword poised ready to cut off the head of the Proteas, after a stirring win at Edgbaston. Report by Neil Robinson 08/07/03

England v Zimbabwe, NatWest Tri Series - Match 7
Another heavy defeat met Zimbabwe at Bristol. Join Neil Robinson as he brings you all the highlights from the match. Report by Neil Robinson 06/07/03

Mis-match of the Millenium
It will be the mis-match of the millenium when the Aussie Juggernaut take on Bangladesh in Darwin during the first Test of a scheduled two Test Series set to begin on 18 July. News by Shane Dell 06/07/03

ECB Prepare for 2007 Cricket World Cup
While the make up of the current England squad for the NatWest Series strongly reflects the ECB’s desire to rebuild for the future, the theme of preparation for the 2007 World Cup was again dominant in this week’s announcement of a preliminary shortlist of 15 young players likely to be chosen for this coming winter’s ECB Academy session. News by Neil Robinson 05/07/03

Zimbabwe v South Africa, NatWest Tri Series - Match 6
The Zimbo’s looked to be simply going through the motions after the loss of early wickets at Cardiff, where the crowds even stayed away from the match.
Report by Neil Robinson 05/07/03

England v South Africa, NatWest Tri Series - Match 5
The England team is young and full of vibrant talent, but at the moment, they are suffering from a lack of consistency. Report by Neil Robinson 03/07/03

England v Zimbabwe, NatWest Tri Series -Match 4
The fourth match of the Series was washed out as the Yorkshire region was set upon by a deluge of rain. Report by Neil Robinson 01/07/03

Zimbabwe v South Africa, NatWest Tri Series - Match 3
It’s one win apiece after three matches, with South Africa having accounted for Zimbabwe. Report by Neil Robinson 29/06/03

England v South Africa, NatWest Tri Series - Match 2
Trescothick and Solanki entered the record books with their huge partnership against the Proteas. England totally trounced South Africa in an amazing effort at The Oval. Report by Neil Robinson 28/06/03

England v Zimbabwe, NatWest Tri Series - Match 1
Zimbabwe easily accounted for England in the first match of the Series, with Grant Flower giving the English some batting lessons.
Report by Neil Robinson 26/06/03

England v Pakistan, 3rd ODI - Match Report
England under the captaincy of Michael Vaughan look to have turned a corner with their Series win over Pakistan at Lord’s. Neil Robinson reports on the third and final match of the NatWest Challenge Series.
Report by Neil Robinson 22/06/03

England v Pakistan, 2nd ODI - Match Report
According to Neil Robinson, the England “youth” policy is starting to pay dividends, evidenced by their victory over Pakistan, in the second match of the NatWest Challenge Series. Going into the Final 1-1, the England youngsters are reminded not to throw caution to the wind.
Report by Neil Robinson 20/06/03

England v Pakistan, 1st ODI - Match Report
England got rolled by a young Pakistan line-up in the first match of the NatWest ODI Series. Neil Robinson reports of the first outing for new England Captain Michael Vaughan. Report by Neil Robinson 18/06/03

England v Zimbabwe, 2nd Test - Match Report
According to Neil Robinson, Zimbabwe are simply out of their depth at Test level, evidenced by their latest thrashing at the hands of England’s young gun bowlers. Match Report by Neil Robinson 07/06/03

England v Zimbabwe, 2nd Test - Match Preview
Neil Robinson previews the match that will make history at Chester-le-Street when England take on Zimbabwe at England’s newly created eighth Test match venue. Match Preview by Neil Robinson 03/06/03

England v Zimbabwe, 1st Test - Match Report
Neil Robinson brings you all the highlights from the first Test at Lord’s, as England go one up in the series with an innings win over Zimbabwe. Match Report By Neil Robinson 25/05/03

England v Zimabwe, 1st Test - Match Preview
Neil Robinson previews the first Test scheduled to begin at Lord’s on Thursday 22 May. Match Preview by Neil Robinson 20/05/03

Windies v Australia, 4th Test at St Johns
Join with Jon Cocks as he recounts the five days in which the Windies set up a record test match win. Report by Jon Cocks 14/05/03

Hopes of Reviving Interest in Cricket
The powers-that-be, hope to revive the popularity of cricket in the UK with the introduction of their Twenty20 competition. Neil Robinson looks at both the positive and negative sides of the ECB strategy...or is it!
Report by Neil Robinson 11/05/03

Windies v Australia, 3rd Test at Kensington Oval
Another easy victory for the Aussies against the West Indies. Jon Cocks reviews the third test in Barbados. Report By Jon Cocks 06/05/03

Vaughan, The Logical Choice
Join Neil Robinson as he previews the appointment of England’s next One Day Captain Michael Vaughan. Report By Neil Robinson 05/05/03

Protests to Greet Zimbabwe Tourists
The official confirmation Zimbabwe’s imminent tour of England is to go ahead will have eased the ECB’s worries about further financial embarrassments for the time being. But, the political headaches are far from over. Join Neil Robinson as he looks at the potential political fall-out from the coming tour. Report By Neil Robinson 28/04/03

Windies v Australia, 2nd Test at Queens Park Oval - Match Report
Steve Waugh is nothing, if not a student of test Cricket. Requiring the hosts to break the fourth innings run-chase record (406) by one to get up in this match, gave the Windies a tiny sniff of glory. Match Report By Jon Cocks 25/04/03

Overseas Invasion of County Cricket
The 2003 County Cricket season has begun and for the first time in nearly twenty years, each team can take the field with two official overseas players. Report By Neil Robinson 19/04/03

Windies v Australia, 1st Test at Bourda - Match Report
The return to white clothes and a new location did nothing to slow the Australian Juggernaut. Match Report by Jon Cocks 15/04/03

An Older and Wiser Alec Stewart
Alec Stewart, celebrated his 40th birthday this week and as if to demonstrate that blowing out all those candles hadn’t left the old boy out of puff, England’s veteran wicket-keeper/batsman did so with the assertion that he intends to hold on to those England gauntlets for a while yet. Report By Neil Robinson 13/04/03

English Cricket Loses Out
The back-lash for English cricket has been swift and severe as a result of the lack of success attained by the England team during the recently completed World Cup. Report by Shane Dell 02/04/03

Australia Defeat India in World Cup Final
Australia humiliated India with their crushing World Cup Final victory in South Africa. Join Jon Cocks for his comprehensive match report.
Report By Jon Cocks 24/03/03

Australia v India - Your Comprehensive Guide to the World Cup Final
Don’t miss this great guide to the final at The Wanderers!
A special feature by Shane Dell 23/03/03

Sachin Wins Man of Tournament Award
Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar has taken out he coveted Man of the Tournament award for the 2003 Cricket World Cup. Report By Shane Dell 23/03/03

Australia Through to World Cup Final After Beating Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka are on their way home after being bundled out of the World Cup by the ever dominant Aussie Juggernaut. Join Jon Cocks as he recounts the match that Sri Lanka should have won. Report By Jon Cocks 19/03/03

World Cup Semi-Finals Set to Begin
With the Super Six stage now complete, four teams fight it out to decide who advances to the Final on 23 March. Report By Shane Dell 16/03/03

Australia Win, But Kenya Show Heart
They were battered and bruised by the Aussie pacemen, but the Kenyans just wouldn’t give in. Join Jon Cocks as he recounts the fight to the death.
Report By Jon Cocks 16/03/03

Looking Ahead - Super Six Analysis
Join Ranjit Nair as he looks ahead at which teams are likely to face off in the World Cup Semi-Finals. Report By Ranjit Nair 12/03/03

Kiwis All Blacked Out by Rampaging Aussie Juggernaut
The Kiwis could not maintain the momentum against Australia in their Super Six World Cup meeting. Join Jon Cocks as he disects the match. Report By Jon Cocks 12/03/03

Australia Into Semi-Finals After Easily Beating Sri Lanka
Jon Cocks reports on another demolition job, as the Aussie Juggernaut remains unbeaten as they head into the World Cup Final. Report By Jon Cocks 08/0303

Super Sixes Qualifying Teams
With the Pool matches now completed, find out where your team finished and who they are playing in the next stage of the World Cup tournament.
By Shane Dell 05/03/03

South Africa Bundled Out of the World Cup
The Proteas World Cup campaign is over after their match against Sri Lanka was declared a tie due to rain. Report By Shane Dell 04/03/03

Bevan and Bichel Guide Australia to Victory
Michael Bevan and Andy Bichel have all but destroyed the England World Cup Campaign. Join Jon Cocks as we look at this record breaking victory. Report By Jon Cocks 03/03/03

Warne Will Not Appeal Drug Suspension
A short time ago, disgraced former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne, advised the ACB and media that he would not be appealing his 12 month suspension.Report By Shane Dell 26/02/03

Zimbabwe Fight Australia at Bulawayo
The Zimbabwe team put up a spirited fight at ‘The Place of Slaughter’. But it was not enough to topple the Aussie Juggernaut. Report By Jon Cocks 25/02/03

Crystal Ball Gazing - World Cup Predictions
Join with Jon Cocks as he takes a look at where we have been in the first few weeks of the World Cup and where we are likely to end up. Report By Jon Cocks 22/02/03

ACB Comment on Warne Suspension
A short time ago, the ACB released this official statement on the Warne drug suspension. Includes a statement from Shane Warne. 22/02/03

Shane Warne Suspended
Cricketer Shane Warne has been found guilty at an Anti-Doping hearing, which handed down its decision only moments ago. By Shane Dell 22/02/03

ICC News - Latest
Read the latest news, hot off the press from the International Cricket Council. 20/02/03

Sachin Feels Dizzy in World Cup Demolition
The hopes of India crumbled when Dizzy Gillespie claimed the prize scalp of Sachin Tendulkar. Join Jon Cocks as he reports on the match from Centurion. By Jon Cocks 16/02/03

ICC Says No to Mugabe
The ICC has refused to charge Henry Olonga and Andy Flre a recent request from the Mugabe controlled ZCU. Report By Shane Dell 15/02/03

Shane Warne in Shock on Arrival In Australia
Warne arrived home a short time ago and faced a barrage of media questions. He had this to say. Report By Shane Dell 12/02/03

Symonds Destroys Pakistan
Join with John Cocks as he recounts one of the most memorable debut centuries of modern times. Andrew Symonds single handedly destroyed Pakistan in their World Cup match with 143 from 125 balls. Report By Jon Cocks 12/02/03

Warne Sent Home for Using Banned Drug - Breaking News
The World Cup campaign and cricket career of Shane Warne could be over after being sent home from the World Cup due to a positive drug test.
By Shane Dell 11/02/03

First Blood to Windies in World Cup
The West Indies have drawn first blood in the World Cup, thanks to a memorable innings by the Prince from Port of Spain. By Shane Dell 09/02/03

World Cup Team Match Schedules
The countdown has begun to the opening ceremony of the 2003 Cricket World Cup. Match schedules organised team by team. By Shane Dell 08/02/03

Who’s Running the World Cup?
Australian Prime Minister John Howard, who led the call for Zimbabwe to be suspended from the Commonwealth at the last CHOGM gathering, was first quizzed on the Zimbabwe issue a month ago. Bat and pad close together, he appeared to be urging the ICC to look at the issue again, presumably to take on board the political aspect of the conundrum. By Jon Cocks 05/02/03

New Zealand Pulls Out of Kenya Match
The New Zealand Cricket team will not be playing any of it's scheduled World Cup matches in Kenya, a decision made by the New Zealand Cricket Board after reviewing all the evidence regarding the safety and security issues. By Shane Dell 01/02/03

England Choke in Second VB Series Final
In the last match of the VB Series finals, the Poms managed to put up a fight until it came time to deliver the goods. As usual, they choked! Join Jon Cocks in his final report for the current VB Series. By Jon Cocks 25/01/03

England Easily Beaten...Again! - VB Series 1st Final in Sydney
Jon Cocks reports on another MIS-Match between Australia and England in the 1st Final of the VB Series in Sydney. Lasting a little under 13 overs for the Aussie batsmen, there wasn’t much excitement for the fans. By Jon Cocks 23/01/03

Lehmann Ban Raises Questions
Let’s be clear about one thing: In my opinion Darren Lehmann got what he deserved. But the question begs to be asked. Why was Lehmann suspended? By Justin LIchterman 23/01/03

Slaughter at the “G” - VB Series - Australia v Sri Lanka
Jon Cocks reports on the recording breaking partnership at the MCG where the Aussie’s easily accounted for Sri Lanka. By Jon Cocks 21/01/03

Not So Easy Victory - VB Series - Australia v England in Adelaide
Whilst “Cocksy” sweltered in the garden seats at Adelaide, the Aussie young guns finally overcame a determined England team in their latest one day encounter. By Jon Cocks 19/01/03

Lehmann Loses Vice-Captaincy - Updated
Darren Lehmann has lost the Vice-Captains job after being suspended by the International Cricket Council for five one day matches. By Shane Dell 18/01/03

Sri Lanka Fail Again in Adelaide
Jon Cocks reports from Adelaide where once again Sri Lanka have failed without champion bowler Muttiah Muralitharan. By Jon Cocks 17/01/03

Goodwin Backs Zimbabwe - World Cup - Exclusive
Murray Goodwin has urged the Australians and others to tour strife-torn Zimbabwe despite the continuing political and financial instability which has brought his country-of-birth to its knees. By Ken Piesse 17/01/03

Australia Lift a Notch - VB Series - Australia v Sri Lanka
The Aussies got back on top of Sri Lanka at the GABBA. Join Jon Cocks as he tells us where the game was won. By Jon Cocks 15/01/03

Close Call for Aussies in Hobart
Jon Cocks reports on the match played on the ‘Apple Isle” between Australia and England. The Aussies might have won, but only just! By Jon Cocks 11/01/03

Australia Humiliated in Sydney by Sri Lanka
Experimenting with the World Cup in mind, Australia paid the price in this match for fielding just two front line bowlers. Jon Cocks covers this record breaking match. By Jon Cocks 09/01/03

Sri Lanka Humiliated in Adelaide
It’s bad news all the way for Sri Lanka fans. Join Jon Cocks as he tells you exactly where the Lankies fell down in Adelaide...twice over! By Jon Cocks 07/01/03

Mugabe Courting Cricket Embargo
As debate rages about a possible World Cup boycott of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, the man who stole Zimbabwe, this week talked about forbidding the English and Australian cricket teams from entering Zimbabwe.
By Justin Lichterman 07/01/03

Poms Thump Australia - Day 5 - 5th Ashes Test
It’s victory at last for the touring England team. Jon Cocks says the competition has been terrific....find out why. By Jon Cocks 06/01/03

England Set for Victory - Day 4 - 5th Ashes Test
Jon Cocks continues to bring us the good news for England supporters direct from the SCG. They are setting up a very big win over Australia. By Jon Cocks 05/01/03

Final 15 Man Squads for Cricket World Cup 2003
All the final squads are now selected for the coming World Cup in South Africa. Catch up on the selections and don’t forget to visit our cricket forum to tell us your opinion. By Shane Dell 05/01/03

Australia Behind the Eight Ball - Day 3 - 5th Ashes Test
It’s great news for England fans with the Aussies being put to the sword. Jon Cocks gives us the ups and downs from all the day’s play at the SCG.
By Jon Cocks 04/01/03

Waugh Passes Test Cricket Milestone - Day 2 - 5th Ashes Test
Steve Waugh has joined crickets’ elite and saved his career at the same time by posting his 29th Test century. Jon Cocks reports on the adrenalin pumping action from Day 2 at the SCG. By Jon Cocks 03/01/03

England Finally Show Some Fight - Day 1 - 5th Ashes Test
The England team has finally stood up to be counted. Join Jon Cocks as he gives us all the good English news from the SCG. By Jon Cocks 02/01/02

Aussie Squad for Fifth Ashes Test in Sydney
Brad Hogg is a surprise inclusion to the squad for the fifth test in Sydney beginning on January 2nd. 30/12/02

Day 5 - 4th Ashes Test
So close, yet so far! England almost snatched the 4th Test. Join Jon Cocks to find out exactly what happened. By Jon Cocks 30/12/02

Day 4 - 4th Ashes Test
There were signs of a fight from England on Day 4, but would it last. Jon Cocks keeps you informed of all the Ashes play from the MCG. By Jon Cocks 29/12/02

Days 2 and 3 - 4th Ashes Test
Jon Cocks sums up all the play from days 2 and 3. With Justin langer belting 250 runs in the first innings, the Aussies are in a commanding position for a series clean sweep. By Jon Cocks 27-28/12/02

Boxing Day at the MCG - 4th Ashes Test - Day One
Join with Jon Cocks as he rounds up the first day’s play at the MCG. By Jon Cocks 26/12/02

Australia v Sri Lanka - VB Series - Match Report
The Aussies once again thrashed the Sri Lankans in the latest one day match at the WACA. Join with Jon Cocks as he performs his autopsy of this one sided competition.
By Jon Cocks 23/12/02

ACA Calls for Explanation of World Cup Selection Debacle
The Australian Cricketers' Association has confirmed they would seek urgent clarification from the Australian Cricket Board (ACB) regarding the selection policy for the 2003 World Cup. 20/12/02

Zimbabwe World Cup Boycott is a Moral Imperative
Join with Justin Lichterman as he tells us why the ICC should boycott playing Cricket World Cup matches in “Mugabeland,” Zimbabwe.
By Justin Lichterman 18/12/02

Shane Warne Could Miss World Cup
Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne will undergo an arthroscope on his right shoulder after dislocating it during Sunday night's VB Series match against England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (15 December). 16/12/02

Game Two - VB Series - Aust v Eng - Match Report
The dislocation of Shane Warne’s shoulder while diving to field from his own bowling and speculation over his minimum recovery time of 4-6 weeks dominated all post -match analysis in Australia’s easy 89-run victory over England at the MCG in this second of the VB Series matches. By Jon Cocks 15/12/02

Game One VB Series - Aust v Eng - Match Report
Join with Jon Cocks as he gives you the run-down on all the important points of the first match of the VB Series played in Sydney. By Jon Cocks 14/12/03

India Rides Roughshod Over Contracts Issue
Once again, India, under the stewardship of Jagmohan Dalmiya, creates headlines as the only nation not to name its 30-man squad by the ICC-nominated deadline. By Jon Cocks 11/12/02

England Squad for World Cup
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced a provisional squad of 30 players for the International Cricket Council, Cricket World Cup, which begins on Sunday 9 February 2003 in Cape Town, South Africa. 10/12/02

Under 19 Championship Series
The 2002-03 Commonwealth Bank Under-19 Championship Series begins in Canberra on Wednesday (11 December), with Australian states and territories competing in the re-formatted tournament. 10/12/02

Australia v New South Wales
Australian Cricket Board (ACB) Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland announced today that Australia's squad for the VB Series of one-day internationals will play a practice match against a New South Wales (NSW) XI next Tuesday (10 December) at North Sydney Oval. 06/12/02

Sri Lanka Squad for 2003 World Cup
In accordance with ICC requirements for the 2003 Cricket World Cup, Sri Lanka has released its squad of 30 players. 03/12/02

Aussie Squad for 2003 World Cup
Australian Cricket Board (ACB) Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland today announced that the National Selection Panel (NSP) has chosen an initial 30-man squad for the 2003 International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket World Cup in South Africa. 02/12/02

Cowardly England Crushed Again
Australia held its grasp on the Ashes urn with their eigth consecutive series win against England after defeating “Englands finest” by an innings and 48 runs at the WACA ground late on day three. By Shane Dell 02/12/02

NZ Team to Meet India
New Zealand Cricket Chairman of Selectors, Sir Richard Hadlee, has named a 12-man Max Blacks team to play India on December 4 at Jade Stadium. 28/11/02

Adelaide Test Experience
Join with Jon Cocks as he does his “autopsy” on the second Ashes Test Match in Adelaide. If you haven’t been to a test match in Adelaide, this is a must read article. Written only as “Cocksy” could. Includes a wrap up of all the best South Aussie wines to drink and the correct moment for consumption. Should it be prawns, oysters or a delicious crayfish for lunch? Jon even provides an excellent guide to the before, during and stumps entertainment. By Jon Cocks 25/11/02

ECB Appoints First CMO
The ECB has appointed their very first Chief Medical Officer, Dr Peter Gregory. Dr Gregory will take up his position immediately. 23/11/02

Ashes Urn Stays Home
A plan for the Ashes urn to be displayed in Melbourne and Sydney, during the current Ashes Test Series, has been postponed on the advice of independent conservation experts. 23/11/02

Australian Squad for 2nd Test
The Aussie squad for the second Ashes Test in Adelaide beginning 21 November has been announced. 14/11/02

NZCB Dispute Settled
The New Zealand Cricket and Major Association bargaining teams have reached an agreement with the New Zealand Cricket Players Association, New Zealand Cricket Chief Executive Martin Snedden, announced at a press conference today. 11/11/02

Gough’s Future in Doubt
Speculation has it that the cricket career of England fast bolwer Darren Gough may be over, according to reports coming from the Gabba on the morning of the fourth day’s play in the first Ashes Test. 10/11/02

Hayden Buries England
Any hope the England touring side had of victory in the first Ashes Test Match at the Gabba appears near dead and buried, if the performance of Aussie opener Matthew Hayden is any indication. 07/11/02

Gillespie Almost Ruled Out
Ashes cricket fans could be forgiven for being sceptical for thinking that Australian pace bowler Jason Gillespie may not go the distance in the first Ashes Test in Brisbane. 07/11/02

Hussain Makes First Mistake - 1st Test, The Gabba
England Captain Nasser Hussain, having won the toss at the Gabba at the start of the first Test Match, swiftly elected to bowl on a pitch described by commentators as "a perfect batting wicket." 07/11/02

UCBSA Gets it Right
For the coming World Cup season, the United Cricket Board of South Africa has done a superb job balancing tour schedules with quality practice opposition for visiting teams. 4/11/02

Australia Lead New ICC One Day Championship
The dominating position of the Australian team in world cricket, is once again confirmed by their top position in the new ICC One Day Championship Table. 31/10/02

Ashes Trophy on Display
The most prized trophies in Australian cricket are taking to the road for the fans to view. Brisbane is the first stop for the roadshow, which will be calling Australia wide during the Ashes series. 30/10/02

One of Australia’s Finest - Mark Waugh
Australian Cricket Board (ACB) Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland, today paid tribute to former test batsman Mark Waugh, who has retired from international cricket after 128 Tests and 244 one-day internationals. 28/10/02

Mark Waugh Accepts End
After his sacking from the Australian team, Mark Waugh says; “He is glad the pressure is now off him to perform.” 28/10/02

Mark Waugh Sacked by ACB
Australian batsman Mark Waugh has been dropped from the Australian team to meet England in the first Ashes test match at the Gabba in Brisbane on November 7. 28/10/02

England All-Rounder Still Unfit
England today announced that Test and Lancashire all-rounder Andrew Flintoff, is to fly to the ACB's National Academy in Adelaide tomorrow for further treatment following his recent hernia operation. 23/10/02

Harmison Bowls Sixteen Wides
Convicingly thrashed by a team that included several former Aussie players aged 40 or more and retired for longer than they actually represented Australia, the so called visiting England Test Team, looked more akin to a bunch of local park cricketer's. By Shane Dell 23/10/02

Concussion Floors Aussie Justin Langer
Australian opening batsman Justin Langer, has undergone a precautionary X-ray after being struck on the head by a ball while fielding on the third day of the third test match against Pakistan in Sharjah on Monday. 21/10/02

Afghanistan Join Pakistan Competition
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) recently accepted an official request from Afghanistan, to include them in the Cornelius Trophy, a part of the PCB domestic competition. 21/10/02

Boom Times for Aussie Cricket
State Cricket Associations have received record financial distributions over the past 12 months, the Australian Cricket Board (ACB) recently announced. 12/10/02

Gillespie out for Rest of Pakistan Series
Australian paceman Jason Gillespie has been ruled out of Australia's remaining two test matches against Pakistan. 08/10/02

Cricket World Cup 2003 - Match Schedule
The Cricket World Cup 2003 begins on 9 Feb and concludes with the Final on 23 March in Johannesburg South Africa. Updated 07/10/02

From Backyard to Baggy Green
After 12 months of extensive research, consultation and analysis by the sports’ many stakeholders, the Australian Cricket Board recently released their strategic plan for Aussie cricket titled: From Backyard to Baggy Green. 03/10/02

Sehwag the Key to ICC Final
For Sri Lanka to guarantee glory in tonight's re-run of the ICC Champions Trophy Final at Premadasa Stadium, they must ensure they shut down Indian batting dynamo Virender Sehwag. By Shane Dell 30/09/02

Murali Will Tour Australia
Speculative reports that Sri Lankan spin wizard Muthiah Muralitharan, will not tour Australia for the coming tri-nations one day cricket series between Australia, England and Sri Lanka are wrong , according to Sri Lankan team captain Sanath Jayasuriya. 28/09/02

Aussie Cricket Seeks New Home
As part of one of Australian cricket’s most significant undertakings in recent history, the Australian Cricket Board (ACB) has begun the search for a base to host its Centre of Excellence. 27/09/02

Aussie Young Guns Lose the Plot
The only downside to the demolition job performed on New Zealand by the Aussies during their first round encounter in the Champions Trophy tournament, was the way in which both Brett Lee and Shane Watson, appeared to completely lose the plot in cleaning up the New Zealand tail.
By Shane Dell 16/09/02

East Asia - Pacific Region News for August 2002
Catch up on all the cricket news from the East Asia and Pacific region for August 2002. 10/09/02

ACB Agrees to Pakistan Neutral Venues Proposal
The Australian Cricket Board (ACB) today confirmed that it has accepted a proposal from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to play three Test matches in the neutral venues of Sri Lanka and Sharjah in October 2002. 05/09/02

ACB Announces Squad for Tour Against Pakistan
The Australian Cricket Board (ACB) has issued invitations to the following players to take part in a three-Test series against Pakistan at neutral venues to be determined in October 2002. 24/08/02

Plans for Cronje Memorial
Hansie Cronje is to be honoured with a memorial constructed from parts taken from the aircraft in which he was killed. 23/08/02

Australian Tour of Pakistan Cancelled
The Australian Cricket Board (ACB) announced today that due to serious concern about the safety and security of the Australian cricket team, it had been forced to withdraw from the up-coming Travelex Test tour of Pakistan. ACB Chairman Bob Merriman said that recent advice from a range of Australian government sources had clearly identified an increasing security risk for the Australian team in Pakistan. 09/08/02

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Cricket Fans Gunned Down
On July 13, 27 cricket mad Indian fans gathered around a radio listening to the England v India match were murdered by Islamic fundamentalist terrorists, fighting for control of Kashmir. The terrorists, dressed in the robes of Hindu holy men, infiltrated a slum area where they proceeded to indiscriminately shoot men, women and children who had gathered in a village to listen to the cricket match. Amongst the dead, 12 men, 14 women and a three year old child. By Shane Dell 15/07/02

Colin "Funky” Miller Retires
Colin Reid Miller, the most colourful man in world cricket and known for his outrageously dyed hair, has announced his retirement from all first-class competition. Miller, who was recently axed from the Victorian State team, obviously knew the writing was on the wall so far as being picked up by another team competing at the top level was concerned and decided to retire from competition rather than continue with the frustration of looking for a team who would find his services of value at the age of 38 years. By Shane Dell 02/07/02

Footy Fever Buries Cricket
A typical Melbourne day was the setting for the opening match of the Super Challenge Series at Colonial Stadium, but it was far from a typical Melbourne crowd, who witnessed the non -event of the media touted "bowl off" between Pakistan's Shoaib Akhtar and Aussie speedster, Brett Lee. By Shane Dell 13/06/02

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What now for Pakistan and the ICC
In the wake of the recent terrorist bombing in Karachi, most cricket nations and players are understandably uneasy about touring Pakistan. The Kiwis flew home immediately after the attack, horrified at the devastation on the city street and the highly anticipated Australian tour set for later this year is in jeopardy. Unfortunately, Pakistani cricket is going to pay a price. No cricket-lover considers that a good thing.

PCB and ACC Should Take Blame
The recent terrorist bomb attack outside the Pearl Continental Hotel in Karachi, where both the Pakistan and New Zealand cricket teams were staying on the morning of the second test between the sides, should serve as a wake-up call to the Pakistan Cricket Board and Jagmohan Dalmiya’s pet project, the Asian Cricket Council. 14/05/02 By Justin Lichterman and Shane Dell

NZCB - A Stupid Decision
The New Zealand cricket team has abandoned their tour of Pakistan after a suspected Al-Qaeda suicide bomber drove his explosive packed vehicle into a bus parked outside the team's hotel in Karachi. Both the Pakistan and New Zealand teams who were staying in the Pearl Continental Hotel in Karachi, were having breakfast at the time of the attack and appear very fortunate not to have been injured, as they were due to leave the hotel and travel to the National Stadium for the commencement of the 2nd test shortly after the time of the explosion. 09/05/02 By Shane Dell

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