Last Saturday’s opening game against Sydney Thunder, the defending champions in the Women’s Big Bash League season ended in a loss for them as they got defeated by the Melbourne Stars.

However, despite their defeat, one sure thing is that there was no disappointment from their latest recruit, Harmanpreet Kaur.

Kaur, who serves in the position of the captain of the India T20, started out her career into the Big Bash League on a bright note, at the North Sydney Oval ground which saw shoot a 28 ball 47.

However, her cameo was unable to take Thunder over the line as they ended up with 141 for 4 in reply to the 147 for 8 scored by Melbourne. However, the commentators and the spectators were struck with awe by her fours and three sixes, especially with a very particular picturesque lofted cover drive.

Melbourne’s Gemma Triscari, who was the bowler, could not hold herself as she burst out laughing in amusement. Australia’s cricketing legend and commentator, Adam Gilchrist said the sixer was “as good a cricket shot as you will ever see.” (more…)

Mitchell Johnson is no longer the fastest bowler of the Australian Cricket Team

Mitchell Johnson is no longer the fastest bowler of the Australian Cricket Team. It’s Mitchell Starc who has taken over from him.

Starc has come a long way over the last one year. He was quick before as well, but, he was pretty much a directionless bowler and that’s why, he would find himself in and out of the team all the time.

Six or seven months before the World Cup, he was not a certainty to be picked in the Australian squad.

But, not only did he get back into the frame with his hard work, he ended up winning the World Cup for Australia on his own, grabbing 23 wickets.

And, out of those 23, most were the top order wickets. In the final match against New Zealand, it was Starc who started it for Australia by cleaning up Brendan McCullum in the very first over with a swinging yorker.

McCullum could have tilted the game in favour of his team there with 10 overs of ferocious hitting, but, with him getting out; New Zealand fell behind and never recovered.

Starc’s speciality is that apart from being quick, he swings the ball as well and he swings it right through the innings. (more…)


The Australian Cricket Team has been defeated by South Africa in the second match of the ongoing 3-match test series. The hosts won by more than 200 runs.

When the 4th day started, the Kangaroos were under pressure and it was quite clear that winning the match would not be easy for them, but, they were expected to fight hard in the second innings at least. Sadly that didn’t happen and the match turned out to be one sided eventually.

However, to be fair to Australia, it was not their fault entirely. They were up against a lethal attack which was at its peak especially with the old ball yesterday.

The Proteas put on a fantastic display of reverse swing bowling and made sure that the visitors would not get even close to the target of 448 that Graeme Smith had set them.

Dale Steyn as usual was the man for them. He was not that impressive with the new ball, but, once it started reversing, he just bamboozled Australia’s middle order. He got 4 wickets and he got all of them with absolute beauties.

The ball that he bowled to Brad Haddin was simply unplayable. It swung in so late that the batsman had no chance to check his shot and handle it. His middle stump was rattled just like the first innings and he was on his way back.

Vernon Philander complemented Steyn quite beautifully. Although he was not looking as dangerous as the latter but, he also grabbed a few important wickets with his subtle variations and helped South Africa bowl the Aussies out before the end of the day’s play.

Now, the deciding match of the series will be played in Cape Town where Australia had struggled when they had last toured the Rainbow nation.


The former captain of Australian Cricket team, Mark Taylor, has said that Shane Watson should be opening the batting for Australia in the upcoming Ashes series.

Watson has been quite successful opening the batting for Australia in test match cricket. His average as an opener is 43.06. But, in the last couple of years, he has been slotted in the middle order where he hasn’t been that successful. He has averaged less than 30 batting in the middle order.

In the Ashes squad of Australia, there are five openers namely David Warner, Ed Cowan, Phillip Hughes, Chris Rogers and Shane Watson. Warner and Cowan have been opening the batting for Australia since the last 1 year or so, but, they haven’t been that successful in recent times. So, there is a good possibility that Australia would try a new opening pair in the Ashes.

When Taylor was asked who should open for Australia in the upcoming Ashes series, he said, “I think Shane Watson must be there at the top of the order. Quite clearly, he hasn’t had much success in the middle order. He is struggling there. He feels comfortable opening the batting and if the Australian team management has to get the best out of him, they should send him to open the batting in the Ashes.”

“I think Watson should open with either Cowan or Rogers and David Warner should be slotted to bat at no. 5 or 6. That’s because Australia doesn’t have an explosive player lower down the order who can counter attack and change the game in a couple of hours. David Warner can do that job quite well.”

The Ashes series will start from 10th of July and the first match will be played at Trent Bridge.