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Rain the only thing to stop England
Rain the only thing to stop England

The dismissal of Michael Clarke from the last ball of the day by Kevin Pietersen has given England a greater stranglehold on the second Test in Adelaide and with one day to go it seems that rain is the only thing that can save Australia from defeat

India look too strong
India look too strong

India made a confident start to their five-match one-day international series against New Zealand and they look a good bet to take a 2-0 lead by winning in Jaipur on Wednesday

Little point doubling up
Little point doubling up

The Ashes always throws up a bunch of specials bets with the bookmakers and the forthcoming series is no different, with one in particular standing out, for me at least

Draw now most likely in Brisbane
Draw now most likely in Brisbane

England were brilliant on day four of the opening Test in Brisbane and unless they suffer some sort of monumental collapse, it looks more than likely that they and Australia will have to settle for a draw.

May be worth taking a punt on Bollinger
May be worth taking a punt on Bollinger

Much of the talk in the build-up to this Ashes series has surrounded the effectiveness - or perhaps ineffectiveness - of Australia's attack. If they are to regain the Ashes they are going to need to take 20 wickets on at least two occasions, you'd have th

Third draw a real possibility
Third draw a real possibility

New Zealand have frustrated India with the strength of their batting efforts in the first two Tests and the big question going into the third and final Test, beginning in Nagpur on Saturday, is can they do it again

Sri Lanka out to complete whitewash
Sri Lanka out to complete whitewash

I am trying to resist the temptation to say I told you so and instead will concentrate on praising Sri Lanka's efforts in already wrapping up a one-day series win with one match still to go. The Aussies have lost seven matches in a row in all cricket and

Time for India to take charge
Time for India to take charge

New Zealand exceeded expectations in the first Test against India and if they achieve nothing else in the remaining two matches then they will have done more than many thought possible. However, India still hold all the aces and they may just be decent va

Pakistan chase a third miracle
Pakistan chase a third miracle

Anyone who has had the fortune to catch any of the first four matches of the one-day series between Pakistan and South Africa have been in for an absolute treat because each of them has gone to the wire and somehow, we come to the deciding match on Monday

One down, one to go
One down, one to go

India made a tough run-chase look easy as they took the second one-day international by five wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the series reduced to two matches after the opening encounter was washed out. And at this rate, it's asking a lot for Australia to s

Not the time to desert classy Swann
Not the time to desert classy Swann

Graeme Swann did not have his best days in an England shirt in the first Test but that doesn't mean it's time to give up on the world's leading spinner and the hope that he will take the most wickets for England during the Ashes series.

India can win Mohali opener
India can win Mohali opener

It goes without saying that India will want to start fast in a two-Test series against Australia, beginning on Friday, but part of the reason is that they don't want to give the tourists even the faintest hope that they can win a series that could see the

Laxman could upset the master
Laxman could upset the master

For the first time in a long, long time, Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting are not outright favourites to be their side's top runscorer in a Test series and though that means that Tendulkar, in particular, may be better value than normal, I have a feelin

Can Australia fight back?
Can Australia fight back?

India pulled off a dramatic victory one of the most exciting Test matches in recent times to take a 1-0 lead in the two-Test series against Australia. They can't be beaten, but can they avoid defeat in the second Test to earn a series win and clinch the N

Cook now odds-on in series betting
Cook now odds-on in series betting

Alastair Cook's record-breaking double-century in the first Test has put him way ahead in the market to be England's top runscorer across the entire Ashes series and even with four Tests it's hard to see anyone overtaking him

Ponting could be even better value
Ponting could be even better value

Perhaps the only thing England did wrong over the last two days of the first Test was to allow Ricky Ponting more time at the crease. The Australia captain does not need too much time to find his form and he could now be good value in the betting to be hi

England cut after Brisbane heroics
England cut after Brisbane heroics

It has been 23 years since England last won the Ashes in Australia but with just a week to go until the start of the five-match series, everything seems to be going wrong for the hosts and the tourists may never have a better chance to triumph on foreign

All to play for in decider
All to play for in decider

Off the field it may be mayhem in the Pakistan camp but on the field they have been putting it together and all of a sudden there is everything to play for in the one-day series with England as the two sides head to Southampton for the decider on Wednesda

Sri Lanka likely to wrap it up
Sri Lanka likely to wrap it up

Sri Lanka have been the best side throughout the Tri Nations Trophy but it comes down to one match, against a dangerous India side, to decide who comes out on top

England wait on ODI series go-ahead
England wait on ODI series go-ahead

An interesting series ended in scandal on Sunday when a number of Pakistan players were questioned by police surrounding allegations of "spot-fixing" in the final Test, eventually won handily by England. The result will go a long way to deciding Pakistan'