Andrew Wu

Andrew Wu

Andrew Wu writes on cricket and AFL for The Sydney Morning Herald

Michael Clarke admits he is short of match practice

Andrew Wu Michael Clarke has gone from champ to chump in the space of one Test, his woes magnified by an underperforming team and a referral blunder which would have given him a second life.

Australia staring at heavy first Test defeat to Pakistan

Michael Clarke

Andrew Wu Australia are staring at a heavy loss in the first Test against Pakistan after the re-emergence of their woes against spin.

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Young Pakistan spinner Yasir Shah inspired by 'idol' Shane Warne

Yasir Shah

Andrew Wu Yasir Shah, the Pakistan debutant who put Australia's Test plans in a spin on Friday, says he was inspired by former spin great Shane Warne.

David Warner reaches century but Australia in trouble against Pakistan

David Warner.

Andrew Wu Sixth-placed Pakistan have defied the odds and placed Australia in a position they have seldom been in during the past 12 months.

David Warner smashes century for Australia in first Test versus Pakistan

On a roll: Warner has exceeded all expectations after a torrid 2013.

Andrew Wu A year after fearing his international career was over, David Warner is in the form of his life, intent to inflict damage on the opposition rather than himself.

Stephen O'Keefe feared first wicket may never come

O'Keefe is congraulated by teammates after the wicket of Yasir Shah.

Andrew Wu Stephen O'Keefe thought his first wicket was never going to come as Pakistan gave the debutant a tough initiation to Test cricket.

David Warner closes in on century as Australia battle to rescue first Test

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - OCTOBER 23:  David Warner of Australia acknowledges the crowd as he bring up his half century during Day Two of the First Test between Pakistan and Australia at Dubai International Stadium at Dubai International Stadium on October 23, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Andrew Wu David Warner is closing in on his third consecutive Test ton, but Australia have little margin for error if they are to avoid a shock defeat.

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Nathan Lyon, Stephen O'Keefe set to play key roles in first Test for Australia against Pakistan

Dangerous: Nathan Lyon caused trouble with the second new ball.

Andrew Wu Australia's ploy to play two spinners failed to reap a wicket on day one but Nathan Lyon and Stephen O'Keefe are set to play key roles in the first Test on Thursday.

Mitchell Johnson Australia's danger man as first Test against Pakistan becomes war of attrition


Andrew Wu Pakistan batting line-up were intent on keeping the Aussies in the desert heat for as long as possible.

Mitchell Marsh, Steve O'Keefe to make Test debuts for Australia

Mitch Marsh receives his baggy green from his father Geoff.

Andrew Wu Former Test vice-captain Geoff Marsh has presented his son Mitchell with his baggy green cap on debut for Australia's first Test against Pakistan in Dubai.

Stephen O'Keefe and Mitch Marsh in line for Test debuts

Test debut tipped: Stephen O’Keefe.

Andrew Wu A Dubai pitch unlike any produced at home is likely to result in Australia playing two frontline spinners and unveiling multiple debutants for the first time in the Darren Lehmann✓ regime.

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Mitchell Johnson not in Wasim Akram's class yet, says Waqar Younis

Mitchell Johnson.

Andrew Wu Mitchell Johnson may have become Australia's human wrecking ball but Pakistan coach Waqar Younis says the left-arm pace ace is not in the league of former fast bowling great Wasim Akram.

Peter Siddle packs on kilos in attempt to regain speed and Test spot

Beefing up: Peter Siddle during the Australia-Pakistan A match.

Andrew Wu Peter Siddle has added five kilos of bulk in a bid to regain the speed Darren Lehmann craves from his quicks, and says he is ready to show his meat-free diet can provide the fuel he needs to survive...

Australian cricket team heads into first Test against Pakistan with doubts over spin and reverse swing

Test debut tipped: Stephen O’Keefe.

Andrew Wu Australia will head into the first Test against Pakistan with renewed doubt over its ability to fight the familiar twin foes of spin and reverse swing as the team aims to regain the No.

Cricket: 10 things to catch up on


Andrew Wu 10 things you may have missed in the cricket world while watching the football.

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Darren Lehmann has contract extended by Cricket Australia

Re-signed: Darren Lehmann has had his contract extended by Cricket Australia.

Andrew Wu Cricket Australia, in turmoil just over a year ago, has rewarded one of the architects of the national team's stunning revival by handing the head coach Darren Lehmann a one-year contract extension.

Recent history against two spinners as Australia ready for first Test of Pakistan series

Dismissal: Stephen O’Keefe on Wednesday.

Andrew Wu Australia have not won a Test against a top-tier nation playing multiple spinners since the Shane Warne era.

Five NFL converts who can inspire Jarryd Hayne

Jarryd Hayne.

Andrew Wu We take a look at five converts to the NFL who could prove inspiration for Jarryd Hayne.

Stephen O'Keefe to get a spin with Test team in UAE

Late bloomer: NSW spinner Stephen O'Keefe.

Andrew Wu There was a time when Stephen O'Keefe felt his style of spin bowling was not respected by the key decision-makers in Australian cricket.

Steve O'Keefe, Mitchell Marsh and Glenn Maxwell called in to Test squad

Got his big break: Steve O'Keefe.

Chris Barrett and Andrew Wu Perennially overlooked, Steve O'Keefe will finally get the opportunity to prove himself at the highest level after being selected in Australia's touring party to the United Arab Emirates next month...