South Africa have replaced Australia at the top of the ICC World Test Rankings after the Aussies lost the Ashes series 2-1 to England. It is the 1st time since the ICC started the World Rankings that Australia are not the top ranked side. In losing the final test at The Oval, Australia not only lost top spot but plunged down to No.4, England retain their place as the No.5 ranked side in the World.
Here on cricket betting blog I have put together a selection of books and DVDs about cricket that I find interesting, and to start with, as an England fan I have selected winning Ashes series DVDs as my favourite viewing.
Not many to choose from over the last 20 years or so. The most recent is The 2009 series Ashes victory, The official story on DVD, which tells the story of how England won a scrappy series 2-1. It includes how Monty and Jimmy Anderson held out for a draw in Cardiff and Flintoff’s remarkable match winning performance at Lord’s.
After the rain affected draw at Edgbaston, England were then thrashed at Headingley. Then the final Test at the Oval, Ian Bell set up England’s 1st innings total with a hard fought 72, before Stuart Broad’s inspired spell of bowling and Jonathan Trott’s maiden century finished the job and won England the Ashes.
Before that was arguably the greatest test series ever, certainly in my time of watching cricket. The next DVD is the The 2005 Ashes, 3 disc box set, from the 2-1 home series victory over Australia.
Including action from the Aussies win at Lord’s. The unbelievable 2nd Test from Edgbaston. The Aussies celebrating a draw at Old Trafford, then England taking the momentum to Trent Bridge and taking a 2-1 lead. Finally the remarkable scenes at the Oval after Kevin Pietersen’s brilliant hundred saved the match and won the series for England.
Atherton’s Ashes: How England Won the 2009 Ashes. A collective of Mike Atherton’s newspaper columns from over the course of the summer, along with his views of the series as a whole.
Harold Larwood – The story of one of England’s greatest ever bowlers by author, Duncan Hamilton. The man made the scapegoat for the ‘bodyline series’ which almost brought Anglo-Australian relations to the brink of collapse.