Posts By: Jon Scaife

One-nil to the Aussies — game on

The Ashes urn

So the first test is over, and Aus­tralia main­tained their long record of suc­cess at the Gabba to no great sur­prise here. So, what pos­it­ives can we take from it?

England: Time for a “Sir Alex” style manager?

Respons­ib­il­ity is a chal­lenge for all of us at some time in our lives. Some of us devel­op it young, some nev­er quite seem to grasp it at all. Life cir­cum­stances can help or hinder us, as can some luck along the way. Celebrit­ies and pub­lic fig­ures face the same chal­lenges we all face, but… Read more »

A game of nerve?

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It’s that time again — the nights are long, the air is cold, but soon the radio will fire into life and bring the sounds of Aus­trali­an sum­mer to our ears. Will Eng­land come back from the pre­vi­ous white­wash with a win (as they did in 2010-11, or will Aus­tralia com­plete a 3rd white­wash in… Read more »

Summer 2016 — A good summer

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So, the 2016 crick­et sea­son is over and the foot­ballers are back dom­in­at­ing the tabloids and the TV. What did we make of this year in inter­na­tion­al crick­et and domest­ic crick­et.

Michael Clarke — So long

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So, Michael Clarke has announced his retire­ment from inter­na­tion­al crick­et after the final Ashes test at the oval. Many have already paid trib­ute, we’re not so bothered about doing that. Here’s why.

Four day test matches? no thanks!

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With a few recent test matches fin­ish­ing in 3 or 4 days, there has been talk in some quar­ters about redu­cing test matches to 4 days. We’d like to give a resound­ing no thanks sent back to any such ideas.

Steve Smith — world number 1 mouth, not number 1 batsman

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Con­grat­u­la­tions to Steve Smith who has taken over the “Glen McGrath” pro­fess­or­ship for the pub­lic under­stand­ing of Aus­trali­an hubris. To be fair to McGrath, a man with over 500 test wick­ets, and integ­ral mem­ber of one of the greatest sides of all time, he could be for­giv­en for think­ing his side might white­wash Eng­land, although… Read more »

Home conditions — more important than ever?

The Ashes urn

So, Eng­land have com­pre­hens­ively wrapped up the Ashes with a game to spare. What a turn-around from 18 months ago where they were humi­li­ated by an aver­age Aus­trali­an side. With such huge swings out­come over the past 3 Ashes series the talk­ing heads have focussed on the con­di­tions play­ing a huge part. Are they right… Read more »

Where have we been?

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We’ve had rather an exten­ded hiatus over the last year or so with one author start­ing a fam­ily and myself par­tic­u­larly busy with work from Septem­ber to May. But over the com­ing months we hope to get back to our best. And we couldn’t have come back to crick­et time at a bet­ter time for… Read more »