Thursday, 21 May 2009

Eye on The Ashes: Phil Hughes

Middlesex have signed Phil Hughes for the start of the County Championship season, it is a move that has caused much controversy as many in the game believe that this move is llowing him to get used to English conditions before the vital Ashes series starts.

Phil Hughes on settling in in England:



He was born on the 3oth Novemebr 1988 in Macksville, New South Wales. He is a left handed opening batsmen and an extremely bright prospect. In his youth he palyed for Macksvilee Cricket Club and the Western Suburbs District Cricket Club. He impressed so much in his youth he palyed A grad cricket at the age of 12.

After score many runs for the New South Wales youth sides Hughes was given a contract at New South Wales for the 2007-08 season.

On his debut against Tasmania Hughes scored 51 and took two catches. In his debut season he scored 559 runs at an average of 62.11.

Hughes made his Australia debut in 2009 following Matthew Haydens retirement. In his first test match innings he was out for a duck. However, he did get a half century in the second innings.

He recorded his maiden test match hundred in the his second test. In his second test he scored a century in both innings.

Since his move to Middlesex Hughes has already recorded 4 centuries for the county this summer.

Phil Hughes will prove to be a vital player for Australia and England will have to do all they can to remove him early as when he gets his eye in he scores quick runs.


For Phil Hughes' full career stats click here

First ODI is abandoned

The first ODI between England and the West Indies at Headingley had been abandoned due to rain.

The wash out occured despite an expensive new drainage system being installed at Headingley.

Eoin Morgan had been set to make his debut for England.

The remaining to games in the series are at Bristol on the 24th and at Edgbaston on the 26th.

ODI series against West Indies to begin

The ODI series against the West Indies is due to begin today with the first game due to be played at Headingley.

Kevin Pietersen has been ruled out of the series through injury, so Eoin Morgan takes his palce and could be set to make his debut.

Full England squad for three match series: Andrew Strauss (captain), James Anderson, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Ian Bell, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Paul Collingwood, Eoin Morgan, Matt Prior, Owais Shah, Ryan Sidebottom, Graeme Swann.

Full West Indies squad for three match series: Chris Gayle (c), Denesh Ramdin (wk & vc), Lionel Baker, Sulieman Benn, Dwayne Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Fidel Edwards, Keiron Pollard, Ravi Rampaul, Dale Richards, Darren Sammy, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Lendl Simmons, Jerome Taylor

England will be hoping to keep their momentum going after a good start to the Ashes summer.

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Player Profile: James Anderson


James Anderson put in a man of the match performance taking 9-125 against the West Indies this week and is slowly but surely becoming a vital component of this England side.

James Anderson was born in Burnley on 30th July 1982. He attended St. Theodore's RC High School and played club cricket for Burnley Cricket Club.

Anderson made his first class debut for Lancashire in 2002 . In 2002 he played 13 matches and took 50 wickets at an average of 22.28

When he was first selected for an England ODI squad he had only played 5 first class matches. He took 1 for 46 against Australia on debut.

However it was the 2003 World Cup when he really arrived on the international stage.

His performance against Pakistan in a subsequent ODI tournament was exremely impresive when he took a hat-trick. He was the first England bowler to ever get an ODI hat-trick.

Video footage of his hat-trick:





He made his test debut in 2003 against Zimbabwe at Lords. He went on to get a 5 for on debut, becoming only the 17 th Englishmen to achieve such a feat on debut.

He made such a good impression at a young age. However, his international career did take a decline due to the emrgence of the likes of Steve Harmison and Simon Jones. He missed out n the sucessful Ashes series of 2005.

Anderson in test match action against Sachin Tendulkar:





He remerged in 2006 and impressed against Pakistan and Sri Lanka. But it was under Peter Moores he really found his feet in test match cricket, since then he has not looked back and will be a key player for England in this summers Ashes series.

Anderosn has also gone a record 48 test match innings without getting a duck.

For James Anderon's full career stats click here

England seal 2-0 series win


Following th day two wash out England sealed victory on the fifth day to complete the perfect warm up for the Ashes.
Alistair cook resumed on 126 on day three and eventually fell for 160, in the process recording his maiden test 150. The England total was boosted by a quick fire 49 from Pietersen and Prior (63) and Collingwood (60) also gave good support. England were eventually declared on 569 for 6.

In reply the West Indies managed just 316 with Sarwan top scoring with 100. They were forced to follow on. Anderson (5-87) and Broad (3-62) were the pick of the bowlers.

Second time around the West Indies were wven worse and found themselves all out for a measley 176, with Anderson adding another 4 wickets to his growing collection. Tim Bresnan weighed in with 3 wickets, his first in test match cricket. England won by an innings and 83 runs.

For a full match score card click here

James Anderson was named man of the match as he produced an exceptional spell of swing bowling on a flta track. He recorde match figures of 9-125. He is rapidly becoming a key cog in this developing England side.

For day three highlights clcik here

For day four highlights click here

Key perfromers in series:

Batting:

Bopara: Runs: 251 Average: 125.50

Cook: Runs: 209 Average: 104.50

Collingwood: Runs: 68 Average: 68

Broad: Runs: 66 Average: 66

Prior: Runs: 105 Average: 52.50

Bowling:

Swann: Wickets: 7 Average: 17

Anderson: Wickets: 11 Average: 17.72

Onions: Wickets: 10 Average: 20

Broad: Wickets: 8 Average: 25.37

Bresnan: Wickets: 3 Average: 32.33