Australia seal Ashes Whitewash

ashes 2006-07 clean sweep poll Australia beat England by 10 wickets in the final test of Ashes 2006-07, sealing their first Ashes whitewash in 86 years.

In a recent poll, CricketViewer readers voted Australia to whitewash the Ashes 2006-07.

Ponting unable to break the record

ponting yousuf pollWith the last test of the year played, Ricky Ponting stand is unable to break Mohammad Yousuf’s record of highest runs score in a calender year.

It was also guessed by the readers of CricketViewer who participated in the poll ‘Can Ricky Ponting break Mohammad Yousuf’s record of highest test runs in a calendar year‘.

Ashes 2006 Winner

ashes winner 2006Australia won back the Ashes with a 206 runs victory in the 3rd test at WACA, Perth. Shane Warne claimed the final wicket, leaving him on 699 Test scalps, as Kevin Pietersen was left stranded on 60.

“Every second of our hard work over the past 14 months has been worth it,” said an emotional Matthew Hayden, while the elated captain, Ricky Ponting, said: “We’ve had a long time to think about it, we worked harder than ever before and all that work has come through in our play but we have turned it around and played some unbelievable cricket.”

Top Test Run Scorer in 2006

Top Batsman of 2006

According to recent poll, Mohammad Yousuf has been selected as top batsman of 2006. Incidentally Yousuf is top test scorer of the calendar year as well, with Ricky Ponting on number 2. Ponting still has 2 tests left in 2006.

Pakistani Performance in Champions Trophy

Pakistani Performance in Champions TrophyFollowing Pakistan’s poor performance in ICC Champions Trophy 2006, had a poll “Who is responsible for bad performance by Pakistani team in Champions Trophy”. 37% voters think PCB is responsible for this while 28% think it was sheer hard luck. 25% put the responsibility on Captain and 10% on the coach.

With a pace attack weakend due to absence of Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif, batting that was criticized by the coach himself, and fielding which was too ordinary inspite of Jonty Rhode’s coaching, Pakistan lost to New Zealand and South Africa to return home after the first round.