2013, in a sense, can be termed as retirement season in the sport, since so many big names hanged their boots. As the year draws to a close, here’s a look at some prominent names who quit the game in 2013.
Australia for the first time has put England under serious pressure in the series by capturing a couple of wickets before the close of Day 2. England is 52 for 2 in 30 overs in reply to Australia’s 527 for 7 declared.
Although England are 2-0 up in The Ashes, there have been many occasions during the series when the hosts have been under the pump. However, unlike Australia who have allowed the Englishmen to get away numerous times, Alastair Cook’s men have fought back from tough situations and have reversed the pressure on the Aussies.
England wrapped up a comprehensive win of 347 runs in the Second Ashes Test at Lord’s. The hosts are now 2-0 up in the 5-match Test Series. Asked to chase an improbable target of 583, Australia was shot out for 235.
England is very much in the driver’s seat in the Lord’s Test after just two days of cricket. The hosts may be three down for 31 in their second innings but they are already ahead by 264 runs on a pitch that is extremely dry because of the hot weather.
The two-match Test series between England and New Zealand ended with the Englishmen thwarting the unpredictable weather to claim a 2-0 win, which means they will head into the Ashes series high on confidence.