Universal’s Summer Cricket Guide

Universal’s Summer Cricket Guide 2020-21

Universal’s Summer Cricket Guide, edited by Australian sports journalist and commentator Ken Piesse, is a yearly edition that contains your complete tour guide for the international and domestic cricket season ahead. Including insightful editorial coverage on each team and player with commentaries by leading industry insiders on topical issues. Each magazine also contains a market place section with a review of the latest products available.

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1 min
the key stats

CURRENT AUSTRALIANS: TESTS PLAYED 2010-20 TOP 10s: Batsmen 1 Steve Smith (Aus) 2 Virat Kohli (Ind) 3 Marnus Labuschagne (Aus) 4 Kane Williamson (NZ) 5 Babar Azam (Pak) 6 David Warner (Aus) 7 Cheteshwar Pujara (Ind) 8 Ben Stokes (Eng) 9 Joe Root (Eng) 10 Ajinkya Rahane (Ind) Alltime top batsman: Don Bradman (Aus) Bowlers 1 Pat Cummins (Aus) 2 Stuart Broad (Eng) 3 Neil Wagner (NZ) 4 Tim Southee (NZ) 5 Jason Holder (WI) 6 Kagiso Rabada (RSA) 7 Mitchell Starc (Aus) 8 James Anderson (Eng) 9 Jasprit Bumrah (Ind) 10 Trent Boult (NZ) Alltime top bowler: Sydney Barnes (Eng) Allrounders 1 Jason Holder (WI) 2 Ben Stokes (Eng) 3 Ravindra Jadeja (Ind) 4 Mitchell Starc (Aus) 5 Ravi Ashwin (Ind) 6 Col de Grandhomme (NZ) 7 Chris Woakes (Eng) 8 Pat Cummins (Aus) 9 Roston Chase (WI) 10 Stuart Broad (Eng) Alltime top allrounder: Garry Sobers (WI) BEST OF THE BEST: TEAM RATINGS Test cricket 1 Australia 2 New Zealand 3 India 4 England 5 Sri Lanka 6 South Africa 7 Pakistan 8 West Indies 9…

6 min
long live the king

Virat Kohli is on the verge of a feat which could see him recognised alongside the game’s most exalted leaders in history. Neither of his celebrated sub-continent colleagues Imran Khan or MS Dhoni won even once downunder, let alone twice. It is the ultimate challenge for the 32-year-old from Delhi known for his strutting confidence, inner fire and the most lyrical cover drive of the generation. Kohli carries the expectations of a billion or more of the most passionate cricket fans in the world. Having piloted India’s 2-1 victory two summers ago, he knows the enormity of his task this time as the Australians are vastly improved. Tim Paine’s squad two summers ago was without its two best batsmen and struggling emotionally against the public’s fierce condemnation against the blatant cheating in Cape Town…

3 min
a high stakes summer

Can Australia qualify for the World Championship Test play-off? Will Marnus Labuschagne continue his extraordinary form? Is Pat Cummins truly captaincy material? They are fascinating side issues as the in-form Australians look to wrest the Border-Gavaskar Trophy from the No.1 ranked Indian team, brilliantly led by the combative and vibrant hero-to-a-billion fans Virat Kohli. The complications triggered by the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic have had far-reaching consequences for sports of all sorts, particularly Australia’s Test team specialists like wicketkeeper Paine who went six months and more without playing a meaningful match. Administrators were forced to tinker with and update itineraries and for the first time in more than 140 years contemplate a summer without a Test in Melbourne. Isolation villages and hubs in Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney were prime on the agenda as the international…

1 min
world test championship

WORLD TEST CHAMPIONSHIP CURRENT RANKINGS 1 India 2 Australia 3 England 4 New Zealand 5 Pakistan 6 Sri Lanka 7 West Indies 8 South Africa 9 Bangladesh INDIA, 2019-20 THE PLAYERS (18) Played all 9 Tests: Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinka Rahane, Mohammed Shami 8 Ravindra Jadeja 7 Ishant Sharma 6 Ravi Ashwin 5 Wriddhiman Saha, Rohit Sharma, Hanuma Vihari, Umesh Yadav 4 Jasprit Bumrah, Rishabh Pant 2 KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw 1 Shahbaz Nadeem MOST RUNS MOST WICKETS AUSTRALIA, 2019-20 THE PLAYERS (17) Played all 10 Tests: Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Tim Paine, Matthew Wade, David Warner 9 Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith 7 Josh Hazlewood 6 Mitchell Starc 5 Joe Burns 4 James Pattinson 3 Marcus Harris, Usman Khawaja, Peter Siddle 2 Cameron Bancroft 1 Mitchell Marsh MOST RUNS Most WTC runs by a non-Australian: Ben Stokes (Eng), 1131 runs at 53 (13 matches) MOST WICKETS Most WTC wickets by a non-Australian: Stuart Broad (Eng), 66 wickets at 19 (14 matches)…

4 min
reinventing the wall

Donald Trump looked in the wrong place to find someone capable of building his Mexican wall. The best walls emanate from India and its national cricket team. The original ‘wall’ was the 164-Test icon Rahul Dravid, among the elite to average 50-plus in the game’s fiercest forum. His successor is Cheteshwar Pujara, the man with the Ringo Starr nose, who also keeps time admirably and, like Dravid, brings a rare stability to the all-important No.3 slot. No one in world cricket can so blunt the effectiveness of even the most imposing opposition attacks and allow his team’s middle-order strokemakers a license to play with so much flair and freedom. Ever since he was a starry-eyed child clutching his first makeshift bats in neighbourhood street tests, Pujara has revered the record of the man who…

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australia v india stats

First Test in Australia: 1947-48 Tests in Australia: 48 (Australia won 29, India 7, drawn 12) Overall: 98 (A 42, I 28, drawn 27, tied 1) Highest total (in A): Australia 674, Adelaide 1947-48; India 7-705 dec., Sydney, 2003-04 Lowest total (in A): Australia 83, Melbourne 1980-81; India 58, Brisbane 1947-48 Most times captain (In A & I): Ricky Ponting (A) 11, 2004-05 to 2008-09; Nawab of Pataudi jnr (I), 1964-65 to 1969-70, 12 Most Tests: Ricky Ponting (A) 29; Sachin Tendulkar (I) 39 Most runs: Ricky Ponting (A) 2555 at 54; Sachin Tendulkar (I) 3630 at 55 Best average: Steven Smith (A) 84; Ravi Shastri (I) 77 Most runs in a series (in A): Steven Smith (A) 769, 2014-15; Virat Kohli (I) 692, 2014-15 Highest score (in A): Michael Clarke (A) 329 not out, Sydney, 2011-12; Sachin Tendulkar (I)…