'It is fast bowling, not sledging, that provides the primal challenge to one's virility. And England would do well to remember as much,' writes Scott Oliver.
Renowned professor Aaron Levenstein once said: "Statistics are like a bikini. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital." Peter Miller substantiates the claim.
There's no doubt that playing international cricket is the pinnacle for any cricketer. The opportunity to pull on your country's jersey is every player's dream but of the many that devote time and effort in pursuit of the coveted goal, only a select few actually get the opportunity.
After the mauling in Brisbane, Alastair Cook suggested that Ashes cricket is "pretty much a war" on the pitch and that his team had lost the first battle. The British government has now decided it is time to take that sentiment literally before the second Test match begins at Adelaide.
"The Aussie war of words has been non-stop in this Ashes series. Whether you think any of this is right is of course another question," writes Peter Miller.