When England last won the Ashes series in 2015, they did so with Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali in the squad. Although the former didn’t play, his inclusion showcased England’s desire to call on spin if required. Ali, on the other hand, enjoyed a fruitful campaign, taking 12 wickets. This proved to be the joint-second highest total in the England team, level with Steven Finn, and nine wickets behind Stuart Broad. Although the 33-year-old would play again in both 2017-18 and 2019, he couldn’t replicate his success.
For many cricket fans, Steve Smith has been the best Australian batsman since Don Bradman. But the 31-year old suffered an inconsistent batting display in Australia’s recent Test series defeat by India. It marked yet another troubling moment in Smith’s cricketing career and there have been many who’ve suggested that he could be past his best.
Pakistan cricket may have been in difficult times recently, but the nation’s cricket team have just recorded an excellent Test series victory over South Africa. This saw the hosts Pakistan cruising to a 2-0 clean sweep over the visitors and suggests that a long overdue Pakistan cricketing resurgence could finally be here.
While England’s Test match team have been looking increasingly promising over the past year, few people would have expected the side to enjoy such a comfortable win over India in Chennai. This saw the visitors claiming a famous victory by a remarkable 227 wins. But was it down to England’s superiority, or were India to blame for their own downfall?
To honour a man for his achievements during his life and for his contribution to a sport, art, army or work to his country, a person can be awarded with the title of knighthood. Paul McCartney, Alex Ferguson or Sean Connery, just to mention a few, are now “Sir” in appreciation for their outstanding career as a member of the British Empire.
Cricket is a very common and followed sport in the Commonwealth Countries, especially in Asian and Australian continent. Becoming a professional cricket player means becoming famous all around the world and the most talented cricketers turn into superstars and legends wearing their home country shirt. Being part of the National Team is a pride that players dream about during their entire career.