Australia might have got some lightening quick bowlers

Michael Vaughan doesn’t think Australia is the kind of the team at the moment which cannot be defeated in its home conditions and he wants Joe Root to tell that to all the English players ahead of the start of the Ashes.

As per Vaughan, there will be a lot of hype, everyone will talk about the bouncy Australian pitches and the lightening quick bowlers that Australia has got, everyone will say the visiting team has no chance, but what the English players must keep in mind is that they still have to play a game of Cricket only and it will only be a Cricket ball which will be delivered from the other end and delivering that ball will not be an alien, but a human being only. So if they do what they are supposed to do at the batting crease, that is to watch the ball closely, get the feet into position and choose the right kind of shots to play, they will be able to manage Australia’s bowling. Read More

BELL BACKS ROOT

The England middle order batsman, Ian Bell, has said that Joe Root has the ability to become a great test match player in the future.

Root has made a brilliant start to his test career. He has played 8 test matches so far and has scored 2 centuries and 2 half centuries. He is averaging in high forties in test match cricket at the moment.

Root is an opening batsman, but, in the first few matches of his test career, he played in the middle order. The latest betting online reckons he will be a top order batsman before too long!

In this Ashes series, the England team management decided to make him the opening partner of Alastair cook and the Yorkshire player proved that decision right. He has looked solid at the top of the order.

Root is currently the second highest run scorer in the ongoing Ashes series. He is behind Ian Bell who has scored 317 runs.

When asked about the hundred of Joe Root at Lord’s, Bell said, “It was a quality knock. Joe has got amazing maturity at such a young age. His partnership with Tim Bresnan on the fourth day was crucial.”

“The thing that I like about Joe is that he doesn’t throw it away after getting a good start. He knows how to build an inning.”

Bell himself has also been in amazing form off late. He has scored a couple of hundreds and a half century in the two test matches of the ongoing Ashes series so far.
When asked about that, Bell said, “I didn’t have much success against Australia in the past. So, it’s wonderful to start with a couple of centuries this time around. However, there is still a lot of cricket to be played in the series and I need to continue my good form.”

RETURN THE BAT

Michael Vaughan has called for public help to find the possessions of the late Ben Hollioake’s which were stolen from his parent’s house in a home invasion.

Hollioake died ten years ago in his home town of Perth at the age of 24 in a car accident.

He played two tests and twenty one day internationals for England and his loss was a shock to the International cricket community. Many believed that he was capable of playing at the top level for several years and being one of the games greats.

Ben Hollioake’s brother broke the news to the world and pleaded for help to recover the lost items. Many of the possessions were of sentimental value to the family and their loss hase been devastating to the family.

While police have recovered some of the stolen items, much of it is still missing and police are appealing for public for help.

In a tweet Micael Vaughn wrote ‘Please help find the idiots who have broken into @adamhollioake parents’ house and stole Ben’s England possessions.’

Vaughn went onto urge all Australians and international buyers to be vigilant when buying cricket memorabilia and to report any suspicious items to police. While it still isn’t known exactly what was stolen, any item relating to Hollioake should be viewed with a great deal of caution. It is expected that the robbers will attempt to sell what they stole.

Kevin Pietersen has also hit the tweetersphere to appeal to hisfollowers for help. He tweeted: “Please help find the idiots who have broken into @adamhollioake parents house and stole Ben’s England possessions.”

Among the items known to be stolen are One day international shirts and helmets, Test apparel and a range of cricket equipment used during his short international cricketing career.

Hopefully the bat will turn up. Meanwhile Michael Vaughan’s attention will switch to the England tour next week, with the latest cricket online betting making England firm favourites.

KING OF THE COVER DRIVE

Michael Vaughan was one of England’s most elegant batsman, who in his prime was capable of taking apart any attack on his day.

Not only was he one of England’s great batsmen, he also has the honour of being England’s most successful captain of all time. His shrewd captaincy during the Ashes in 2005 was vital to allow England to left the urn for the first time in almost 2 decades.

Despite the joy Vaughan will have felt following his Ashes triumph, his most impressive performance as a batsman alone has to be his stunning tour of Australia in the 2002/03 series.

It was a disappointing series for England as a team, as they were once again comprehensively beaten by the Australian team, but for Vaughan it must have been hugely rewarding to be able to bat so freely and score such huge amount of runs against one of the best attacks in the game in foreign conditions.

It was a run of form that had Vaughan ranked as one of the top batsmen on the planet, and it was not only the sheer volume of runs he scored, but the way in which he scored them so effortlessly for England. Vaughan’s cover drive truly was a sight to behold, and it was this kind of stroke making which drew many comparisons to the similarly elegant David Gower.

At the time, anyone making a bet on cricket would have been tempted to back Vaughan to hit 100.

Like many of his predecessors as captain, Vaughan made the quick transition into the broadcasting side of the game in the aftermath of his playing career.

He has so far shown that the intricacies within the game he observed to give him an edge as a captain can be used to help enliven the viewing experience for viewers.

Vaughan: Pakistan a real threat

England cannot afford to under-estimate Pakistan when the two sides meet in the United Arab Emirates next month, according to Michael Vaughan.

The former England captain believes that Pakistan are “a potential threat” to the world’s number one Test side, and pointed to their bowling attack as the main reason for this.

He claimed the side have a “rock-solid” bowling line-up and this means that Pakistan are more than capable of catching England cold in the first Test.

Anyone following the best England cricket odds should bear this in mind.

Vaughan also pointed out that England can lose their discipline if things are not going their way, as happened when they toured India in October.

“They (England) are No. 1 Test team but must acknowledge there are areas of their game they need to improve, starting with playing in the subcontinent,” he said.

Vaughan also warned the side against unrealistic expectations, claiming that they face a tough task in holding on to their number one status in 2012 as they are likely to face some “tough challenges” in the year ahead.

The series against Pakistan, which starts on January 17th and will be played in neutral venues because of the political situation in Pakistan, will be followed by a tour of Sri Lanka which takes place in March and April.

During the English summer, the side will play Test series against the West Indies and South Africa.