Australia – Australians have won 2015 Cricket World Cup, which is more than enough to make them one of the best cricket teams of 2015, at least when it comes to ODI format. They failed to win all matches in their group, but they were the best when it was most needed and won against New Zealand in the final.
New Zealand – they started the World Cup in a great manner, winning all of their group matches and advancing to the final, but failed to secure a win against Australia and had to be satisfied with the second place.
South Africa – As for South Africa, they can be satisfied with their performances in 2015. They failed to win the semifinal of the World Cup but are still among four best cricket teams when it comes to ODI format. They also put in some great performances in T20 format, winning against Bangladesh and drawing New Zealand in a T20I Series.
Pakistan – their national team put in some great performances in Test series against England towards the end of the year, winning two and drawing one game on a neutral turf in the United Arab Emirates. They also showed well in T20I and ODI Series in Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka and managed to go into the quarter-final of the World Cup, so they can be satisfied with the year they had.
Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka might not have been one of the best cricket teams in 2015, but they will satisfied because of some wins, like the ones in New Zealand in ODI Series in January and T20I Series in December. Unfortunately, South Africa got the better of them in the quarter-final of the World Cup.
West Indies – They managed to scrape two wins in the World Cup before getting eliminated from New Zealand in the quarter-final. They managed to win a game in the T20I Series in Sri Lanka.
India – India lost the World Cup semifinal against Australia, but is still one of the best cricket teams of the year. They won Test series in Sri Lanka after beating the home team twice, and Freedom Trophy, after defeating South Africa in four Test matches.
After a disappointing few years under the leadership of Peter Moores, England cricket team appear to have turned a corner and have impressed during new head coach Trevor Bayliss’ short spell at the helm. They drew the two-match Test series 1-1 as they earned a dominant 124 run victory in the opening game before the Black Caps thrashed the hosts by 199 runs to level the series. In the five-match One Day International series, England were once again patchy but showed that they can grit their teeth and snatch victory when it really matters as Jonny Bairstow’s miraculous 83 saved the hosts after they stumbled to 45-4 earlier in the innings. After a significant improvement, many punters will be backing England to go on and lift the Ashes trophy this summer despite their inconsistent performances with the bat. We take a look at the upcoming series and give our thoughts on whether the hosts can claim the victory over their archrivals.
Australia haven’t won an Ashes series in England since the turn of the millennium and the hosts will be looking for that to continue this summer. Alistair Cook’s side must improve further if they are to compete directly against the scoring power of David Warner, Michael Clarke and Steve Smith, who is arguably the best batsman in the sport. The Wallabies are exceptionally strong and England’s bowlers cannot afford to give their opponents easy chances to bat their way into the match or the hosts will find themselves chasing staggering totals. The likes of James Anderson and Stuart Broad must remain focussed on their own game and refuse to be drawn into any ‘banter’ with the Australian batsmen at the crease. In terms of the psychological battle, they shouldn’t be afraid to bowl the odd bouncer but must certainly avoid any verbal confrontation.
Likewise, England’s batsmen should concentrate on their own game rather than trying to rile up the Australian bowlers. The likes of Mitchell Johnson and Peter Siddle are both capable of hurting England’s batsmen and getting the ball to swing – especially if they are egged on by England’s players. In an Ashes series, players must expect verbal confrontation but there is little need to stoke the fire further and encourage the Australians to up their intensity. If England want to win, they must avoid psychological warfare and focus on their cricket. With a bit of luck, they are more than capable of lifting the urn at the end of the five match Test series in August.
A cricket team is a precious asset to any nation. The game of cricket is equally loved by children as well as elders. Traditionally, cricket is England’s national game. But over time, this game has achieved international status. The cricket teams represent their respective countries on both national and international tournaments. All the nations feel proud of their cricket teams and consider the players of the team as heroes escalating their national glory. The game of cricket serves to unite the whole nation magically and evokes stronger sense of patriotism whenever the team comes in the ground to perform and confront their opponents. In this game couple of teams arrives in the ground to compete each other with bat, balls and wickets. Each cricket team consists of eleven players. One team performs bating while the other rests on bowling. With the beginning of second round the batting team takes the bowling team position and vice versa. This is currently the game having world-wide popularity. Read more..