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The First Test between Australia and New Zealand at Optus Stadium showcased some fine short-pitched bowling. Patrick Noone analyses the role the bouncer played throughout the contest. Short-pitched bowling in Perth is nothing new. The old WACA ground had a well-earned reputation for being one of the...

As England suffer heavy defeat in the First Test in Mount Maunganui, Patrick Noone looks at some worrying trends in Joe Root's recent Test dismissals We need to talk about Joe Root. It was another failure for England’s captain as the tourists lost the First Test in Mount...

Patrick Noone analyses the New Zealand wicketkeeper's century The term ‘dark horse’ is a label that follows the New Zealand cricket team to every major tournament they compete in. No matter how many World Cup finals they reach, or how many world class players they produce, there remains the...

Patrick Noone analyses how a familiar foe hurt England again Tim Southee’s participation in this Test was not guaranteed in the build-up to the game. Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry were both vying for selection, but the Black Caps opted for the experience of their senior...