With a pretty small and insignificant amount of cricket going on recently, I thought I would focus on the visual entertainment side of things, seeing so many people love the action. Anyway, here are the top five best ever cricket photos, from my opinionated side…
1. 1999 World Cup Semi-Final: Australia v South Africa.
Here the Australian players have gone ballistic after robbing South Africa of a grand final appearance in the 1999 ICC World Cup.
2. Brendon McCullum
Here Brendon McCullum looks like he is trying to breakdance and play cricket simultaneously…
3. A few players just at the circus…
Now this one just looks like a few players having a planking session, while Billy Bowden decides to join in on the fun.
4. Now who is the real monkey here…
The title speaks for itself…
5. The Ring…
Jeez, Australia must have been really desperate here…
The above are in my opinion, the best 5 cricket images of all time (after a quick google image search).With technology basically ruling the world, you’d expect the photographers to get the job done…
After playing 41 first-class matches, and taking 128 first-class wickets, New South Welshman Steve O’Keefe has been given a shot at Test cricket, after he was named in the 15 man squad to tour the UAE with Australia.
Australia are seeking more spin on these dry pitches so they can match the likes of Saeed Ajmal and co. It will be a very eventful series and O’Keefe’s presence in the squad will make it even better.
Steve is an off-spin bowler who really stood up last year in the Sheffield Shield. He has been knocking on the door of Test selectors for quite a while now, after the 29-year old played 7 T20 Internationals earlier in his career.
The man can also bat, holding 6 first class half-centuries at the healthy average of 27.82. O’Keefe deserves his spot to the moon and back, as he is one of the many players who has been toiling away for a spot in the national team for a while now.
In other Australian news, George Bailey has stood down from his role as captain of the Australian T20 side, quoting that he would like to focus on his Test match ambitions, and cement his spot in the 5-day side.
Aaron Finch, the solid, hard-hitting bloke who can whack each and every bowler out of the park on his day, will take up the role of captain. Finch is developing as a long form player but at the moment the short stuff is still his gig.
Finally, Mitchell Marsh, Phil Hughes, Alex Doolan and Glenn Maxwell (Steve O’Keefe too, of course) are the latest additions to the Test squad, whilst Cameron Boyce, Sean Abbott and Kane Richardson are the newbys for the white ball forms of the game.
For the full squads you can click here.
So, with a new look team, Australia are looking to set the UAE on fire…As if it wasn’t hot enough!
A brilliant innings performed by none other than Faf du Plessis has devastated the Australian cricket team in the tri-series final at Harare.
Faf emotionally injured many at Harare, disappointing Australia as the Aussies worked so hard to get to this position.
Hitting 96 to back up three centuries in the series already, Faf du Plessis was literally on fire. He whacked Australia’s bowlers around the park. With respect, of course. Faf du Plessis is the least arrogant player you can find in cricket.
However, it was the fire in Dale Steyn that set up South Africa for a big win. After Aaron Finch scored a half century up the order, Dale Steyn destroyed Australia. He even sent the ‘Big Show’, Glenn Maxwell back to the sheds for a golden quacker.
With Dale Steyn’s haul of 4-34 from 10 overs in mind, the Aussies choked their way to 217, a disappointing total for a side with so much potential.
One did feel sorry for Australia at points, but with a small grunt, even the most avid Australian cricket fan would say they deserved it, after how aggressive they play their cricket.
Hashim Amla finally got into form with a half-century opening the batting. He then handed the reigns to team mate Faf du Plessis, who proceeded to hit 96 at nearly a run a ball, until Mitch Johnson snagged the Protea.
Not to worry though, because AB de Villiers just strutted out to the middle and hit his way to 57 not out, helping South Africa to a brilliant series victory, winning the match by 6 wickets with still 9.1 overs to spare. A thumping, if I may say.
Australia have lots of work to do after they lost three times in that series. Winning only two games, in all fairness, they were missing Dave Warner all series, along with Shane Watson, while skipper Michael Clarke only played a solitary game.
South Africa are bursting back out onto the world stage, and this is just the right boost they need to continue to number one in all forms of the game. Australia have lost their number one ranking in ODIs, and have slipped to fourth!
Du Plessis was man of the series for his big efforts in all of the games. For South Africa, enjoy the country of Zimbabwe! As for Australia, well, back to the nets boys…
And the photo below, maybe not quite as flamboyant as India’s celebrations…
Who said Joe Root wasn’t one of England’s best batsmen? The youthful little legend has continued to pile on the runs for the Poms against India, salvaging some of the series for the English team that have disintegrated in the limited overs format.
In the final ODI against India, England got up on the Indians to disable all bragging rights… For half an hour. Maybe the boisterous screaming and numerous champagne bottles being showered everywhere ruined the match a bit for England…
However, they did perform pretty well for one match, so they can be proud of that. But honestly, their limited overs unit is shambolic over time. Someone needs to pull them into line. Alastair Cook, the skipper is being consistent in his performances. For the wrong reason.
The only real run scorers these days are Ballance, Root, Bell on the odd day, Alastair Cook if he reached the gold pot at the end of the rainbow, Ali on the odd day, but he takes wickets, so all ranting is prohibited for the ‘Beard to be Feared’, my favourite Pom.
However, Cook played fairly decent today, with 46. But, the real star of the show was Mr. Root, as he whacked a brilliant century, ruining the ego of a few Indian supporters on his way to 113.
In spite of Roots brilliant performance, England reached 294/7 and came out firing with the cherry.
England’s big, staunching attack were at one time, no match for some of India’s little maestros such as Ravi Jadeja, but they got the job done. One of the highlights of the game for me was watching Jimmy Anderson getting the first wicket in the first over, sparking the sudden comeback.
Ravindra Jadeja was the superhero of India’s innings where Jimmy Anderson was the villain. With Anderson taking 2 wickets, Jadeja was better, whacking 87 runs for India and packing a few punches for Anderson.
Jadeja’s efforts went down bitter-sweet, because India still lost by 41…
However, a few bottles of champagne cheered him up, as India’s flamboyant celebrations went on. Good for them, they savoured something after a disastrous Test series!
Joe Root was the shining light of the series for England, but today I reckon England were better as a team, it is just a shame that they lost their previous 3 matches by abnormally big totals…
Well, what a brilliant series. Joe Root is growing like a tree and India have finished being treated for PTSTS. If you are wondering, that is Post-Test-Series-Thumping-Syndrome. Doctors and medical advisers out there looking for more information, looks like a few bottles of champagne and a neat silver trophy is the cure!
We have now found out that the winning trophy has super powers and can actually protect oneself from getting wet, even when your whole team is spraying champagne at each other. Or maybe, in the photo below, Dhoni is whispering a few words of thanks to the trophy and needs some time out. Either way, that trophy must be awesome!
An electrifying half-century to go with a handy bag of wickets from Mitchell Marsh has helped Australia to an oh-so important 62 run victory over South Africa, in an ODI at Harare.
Batting first, Australia got off to a very reasonable start. Aaron Finch didn’t quite perform, but it was his partner that took to the Proteas. Phil Hughes was superb, whacking 85 to lay the foundations for the middle and lower order.
South African mass destruction was the four words in Australia’s heads, but they couldn’t quite convert on their optimism . Hughes had laid the foundations perfectly but the middle order failed, and Australia were struggling to get to a decent score.
After the Big Show (Glenn Maxwell) couldn’t hit any runs with a tiddling score of only two. A non-typical Maxwell innings, the Big Show struggled in his 6 deliveries, as South Africa adapted to his incendiary ways.
George Bailey followed after Maxwell and got off to a solid start, but he couldn’t convert and went for a decent 32. A good contribution, many will say, yep that’s an understatement for Mitchell Marshes awesome, ground-breaking innings.
Coming in at 4-152 after 35 overs, there was pressure a plenty mounted on Mitchell Marsh. Australia needed to score, and extremely quick. South Africa always mutilate even the slightest opportunity at victory.
Hitting 7 colossal, breath-taking sixes, and 5 classy fours, Marsh hammered his way to an astounding 86 not out, from just 51 deliveries! Yep, you read that right. David Warner’s presence is in the house!
With Marsh’s amazing contribution, Australia finished up with a more than reasonable total of 282 for the loss of 7 wickets. The world-class bowler in Dale Steyn of South Africa was given a run for his money after Marsh put him to bed with 3 consecutive sixes.
Chasing down the daunting total of 282 on a slow-ish pitch, South Africa panicked all round. The only real contribution, was an amazing century from Faf du Plessis. Faf continued his amazing form in this series with a blistering 126. However, he was unlucky to get out, hitting his own stumps off the bowling of Aussie Kane RIchardson.
Ryan McLaren hit 24 down the order, but literally, that was about it. South Africa teetered their way to 220 all out, still 62 behind Australia’s.
Mitch Marsh, Mitch Johnson, Glenn Maxwell and Kane Richardson all contributed with 2 wickets a piece while Nathan Lyon’s off-spinners earned him only a single wicket.
Australia finished with a convincing 62 run victory, giving them confidence after two consecutive losses. They have well and truly qualified for the tri-series final on Monday.
South Africa will be nervous because they had a full-line up today with de Villiers, Steyn, du Plessis, Morkel, Tahir, Duminy, de Kock and Amla. To name a few.
They will be worrying, so they need to get a big win out of their next match against Zimbabwe. Mitch Marsh earned the man of the match award after his highly entertaining 86 not out and his two wickets with the ball to chip in to the demolition of South Africa.
Australia performed devastatingly well in the end, but India did too. In their third non-washed out encounter, the Swami Army were on their feet and a little more than that after England were flattened by the Indians in an ODI at Edgbaston.
England batted first, only to be on the wrong end of Indian demolition, as they crumbled to only 212. Moeen Ali whacked 67 to go with 44 from Gary Ballance, but for England, that was all they could handle.
India, on the other hand, were almost arrogant, as they chased down that total in just over 30 overs, with 117 deliveries and 9 wickets to spare. Ajinkya Rahane was superb, hitting his maiden ODI century, going for 106.
Shikhar Dhawan also impressed, as he hit 97 not out, sealing the win with a massive 6. India’s big win sealed a hat-trick of comprehensive victories over England. England’s limited overs department is crumbling, just like delicious strawberry crumble with desiccated coconut, such as recently made by my father. Except, England’s loss wasn’t quite as sweet!