Philander can end Steve Smith’s supremacy

As Verbal Kent’s character in the critically acclaimed film The Usual Suspects said, “the greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.” Steve Smith, Australia’s capt...

Crane can become England’s premier spinner

There are few more daunting places to make your debut than the Sydney Cricket Ground during an Ashes series. To say Mason Crane was thrown in at the deep end would be unfair on the 20-year-old Hampsh...

Short-sighted ECB to blame for England’s woes

The fall out and recriminations following England’s surrender of the Ashes to Australia will continue for a while yet. Ashes battles are each nation’s barometer of the health of their domestic game a...

The Ashes 3rd Test preview and prediction

England aren’t so much travelling to Perth as trudging there. The forces of form, history and expectation are all weighing against them as they desperately seek answers to their constant collapses wi...

The Ashes 2nd Test preview and prediction

The first Test in Brisbane threatened at several stages to be absolute classic. An unusual Gabba pitch kept the bowlers interested almost throughout and only one batsman was able to dominate in the m...

The Ashes first Test preview & prediction

As always, there has been a lot of noise in the build-up to this series; a lot of Australian noise. The Gabba is where the steam will be let off and England will be hoping for a strong start, more 20...