The Ashes Down Under 2013/14: Melbourne and Sydney

… although this could have been anywhere. Both Melbourne and Sydney have their own special place in the Ashes, with the traditional Boxing Day Test in Melbourne becoming part of the series, and Sydney turning pink to raise money for breast cancer awareness, but the cricket could have been played in a field just outside Oenpelli, and it would have made the same impact. Continue reading

The Ashes Down Under 2013/14: The Gabba

Well, this started out surprisingly well… Australia have won the First Test in Brisbane after completely and utterly out-playing England in just four days. After years of getting comprehensively beaten by England, the Aussie team seems to be back to their old tricks, and what a joy it was to watch. Let’s have a look at the happenings of the last four days, including sledging, silhouetted medium-pace bowlers and questionable facial hair. Enjoy! Continue reading

News in Asia

Hello, my fellow unicorns, kittens and poodles. We’ve been on hiatus for a bit, but now we are back thanks to our glorious editors. I hope all is well in your respective worlds. As always there are events in the world that are joyous and sad; unfortunately, this week’s edition contains a trigger warning for suicide.  Continue reading

The Ashes By Any Means: The Oval

What a finish! The big question before the Fifth Test was whether England would be able to hammer home a 4-0 victory over Australia, something that hasn’t been done in a while. In a series that featured an English team that played consistently decent cricket, and an Australian side lucky enough to not get fired mid-Test, England’s victory was never in doubt. Funny how perceptions change. Eight years ago, England made history; these days there’s criticism even when a 4-0 is decidedly possible. Continue reading

The Ashes by Any Means: Old Trafford and Chester-le-Street

In case you needed any proof that cricket is different, consider this: Last Monday, England officially retained the Ashes. Since then, another four days of cricket have been played, and another Test will be staged next weekend. There has been the same amount of play, broadcasting and public discussion that would have happened had nobody won the series yet. Theoretically, this is done. In practice, they just won’t stop playing. Continue reading

The Ashes by Any Means: Lord’s

Ah, Lord’s. The name says it all, you’d think, until you realize it’s simply called after Thomas Lord, the man who founded this most famous of all cricket grounds. Nevertheless, it still evokes all that’s great, or spectacularly wrong, about cricket. Its Victorian pavilion is beautiful, its sporting museum is the oldest in the world, and you can just picture all the posh boys in their spotless whites feeling right at home among the splendour of the Empire. Continue reading

The Ashes by Any Means: Trent Bridge

Every two years, my love for cricket deepens just a little more. Two years is a long time to wait, but it’s finally here again: over the course of this summer, England and Australia will meet for a 25-day battle stretched out over several weeks. Most people find the idea of a day-long cricket match ridiculous, but a game devised by the most eccentric race on earth simply has to take it all a step too far. There are several forms of cricket these days, which means some games only last two or three hours, some last one sunny Sunday, and some, called Tests, last whole long weekends of four or five days. The Ashes are the most prestigious Test there is. Back in 1882, Australia won against England and rubbed it in with a newspaper obituary announcing the death of English cricket. Its ashes, most likely a burnt wooden bail that was used in the game, were taken to Australia in a little urn. Way to stretch a metaphor there, and also, seriously? But it turned out to be a good marketing trick if nothing else, and all Tests between England and Australia were referred to as The Ashes from that point. Whoever defeats the holder of the Ashes gets to take a little urn home. Cute. Continue reading