Archive for December, 2011

Australia get back to basics

Australia’s batsmen will prepare for the Boxing Day Test against India by going back to basics in their efforts to play swing bowling.

Coach Mickey Arthur has revealed the side will do some remedial work to try and remedy an apparent weakness against the moving ball which was highlighted in their recent defeat at the hands of New Zealand. People looking at the best Test cricket betting should bear this in mind.

“Obviously I was disappointed,” Arthur said after the loss in Hobart. “The swinging ball was one thing that again probably exposed us a little bit. That’s going to be top of the agenda to work on before Boxing Day because I know [India coach] Duncan Fletcher really well and I know he’ll try and expose us with the swinging ball.”

He added that none of the specialist batsman and allrounders in the side will be excused the training, stating that the first seven players in the batting order would be working on that side of their game relentlessly.

Doubtlessly the side will be paying close attention to the threat posed by Ishant Sharma and Zaheer Khan who are likely to lead the Indian bowling attacking.

Indeed, Arthur revealed that the bowling machine will be adjusted to replicate the sort of deliveries these players produce, something that he feels will be important ahead of what he described as a “vital” series.

South African Arthur became the first foreigner to coach Australia last month and he has already had a taste of just how tough the task he faces will be.

Last week the side managed to conspire to lose to New Zealand, levelling a two-Test series at 1-1, when they had looked in control of things for large parts of the match.


December 16, 2011 at 10:58 am 2 comments

Gooch joins England set up full time

Graham Gooch has quit his role as batting coach at Essex in order to take on a full-time coaching role with England.

The 58-year-old was appointed as a batting coach in the national set up for the 2009-10 tour of South Africa, but his duties with the side now mean he has had to choose between the two.

Gooch said: “I’m sad that I am unable to continue my Essex coaching duties.

“I never wanted to relinquish this role at the club but as my England commitments have grown it is impossible to do justice to both roles.”

England’s leading all-time Test run scorer has not completely severed his ties with Essex and will remain a club ambassador. However, the fact he has been asked to take the England job full-time shows the impact he has had and anyone placing a cricket bet will know this.

Alistair Cook, who had struggled with the bat at time, scored 766 runs in England’s Ashes win last winter and also clocked up 294 against India this summer.

Essex head coach Paul Grayson was obviously less than pleased to lose such an outstanding coach, but added that he understood why he had taken the decision.

Following the departure of Gooch, Essex have appointed Matt Walker to a coaching role, although he will also continue to play for the club.

Grayson added that he was excited to be working alongside Walker as he started the “next chapter of his career”.

Essex start their division two campaign against Gloucestershire on April 5th 2012.

December 13, 2011 at 2:37 pm Leave a comment

Panesar earns Test recall

Monty Panesar has had his fine form throughout 2011 rewarded with a recall to the England test side to face Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

The test series starts on 17th January in Dubai and Panesar is joined in the squad by reserve wicketkeeper Steve Davies in a strong squad to be captained by Andrew Strauss.

The Sussex off-spinner has been out of favour since his last test in the 2009 Ashes but is now back in favour after his brilliant domestic season.

England are also able to call upon a number players who are recovering from injury with Eoin Morgan Stuart Broad and Chris Tremlett all available for the tour. Couple this with the form of Steven Finn and England have a formidable looking pace bowling attack. Those looking at the cricket betting should remember this.

Couple this with the return of Panesar who could form a spin combination with Graeme Swann as the pitches in the Middle East favour bowlers who can turn the ball and this is sure to be taken into account by the selectors. Anyone placing a bet should bear this in mind.

Chief selector Geoff Miller appeared to suggest this as a possibility at the squad announcement and praised the 29-year-old for his dedication to the game which he believes has enabled him to rediscover is form.

“Monty’s selection comes off the back of a strong domestic season with Sussex and with the potentially spin-friendly conditions of Dubai and Abu Dhabi in mind” Miller said.

This is an important series, given it is our first Test series since hosting India in August this year, and we expect a stern challenge against a Pakistan side that will be accustomed to playing in the UAE” he added.

December 9, 2011 at 1:29 pm Leave a comment

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