Posts By: Matthew Woodward

500 Plus? Perhaps This Year

Firstly dear read­er an apo­logy for our lack of recent com­mu­nic­a­tion – we both appre­ci­ate it that people take the time to pour through our mus­ings and hope you con­tin­ue to do so. Now down to busi­ness. Back in August last year Eng­land did the unthink­able and broke the record for the highest ever one… Read more »

Ruthless India Despatch Visitors

There was a point in the fourth test between India and Eng­land when the hosts were 30-odd runs behind their oppon­ents with only three wick­ets remain­ing. It was a false dawn though and the mas­ter­ful Kohli and mag­ni­fi­cent Jay­ant Yadav (in only his third test) com­bined to take the match and with it any hopes… Read more »

Australia’s Golden Era Hurts the Current Cricketers

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Aus­tralia – what the heck! They’ve just lost the series against South Africa fol­low­ing some bat­tling col­lapses worthy of Eng­land at their very best (or worst!) It’s incred­ible to see what has happened to the side when they are com­pared to the team of recent past. There’s a big wad of rub­bish in the cur­rent… Read more »

Political Machinations Start Series With a Bang

Dur­ing a week in which the world saw a new Pres­id­ent elec­ted Com­­mand­er-in-Chief in Amer­ica and Brit­ish Prime Min­ster Theresa May vis­ited India, it is per­haps apt the first test is com­pared to glob­al polit­ic­al mach­in­a­tions. The say­ing goes that a week is a long time in polit­ics – and the say­ing would appear apt… Read more »

Congratulations to Bangladesh as England Spin to Defeat

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Well done Bangladesh on a first test win over Eng­land. The vic­tory was thor­oughly deserved and the series could have so eas­ily fin­ished 2–0 to the hosts rather than the 1–1 draw. Both matches were excel­lent adverts for test crick­et in that they were test­ing for both teams with the Tigers in my mind claim­ing… Read more »

Professional England See Off Tigerish Bangladesh

Well done Eng­land on a pro­fes­sion­al ODI series vic­tory against Bangladesh. The Tigers might not be viewed by all as the toughest oppon­ents and the vis­it­ors will cer­tainly face stern­er tests – but any Asi­an oppos­i­tion on home soil is any­thing but a pushover.

Ring of Steel Brings Tear to the Eye

It was, in many ways, reas­sur­ing to see the mil­it­ary might of Bangladesh and the show of force they put on ahead of the start of the ODI series start­ing tomor­row (Fri­day). Pic­tures and video clips cer­tainly show they mean busi­ness.  I heard one radio com­ment­at­or liken the secur­ity to that you would see for… Read more »

Points to Ponder After Opening Loss

One test in, Eng­land are one-nil down. Well done Pakistan Hav­ing brushed Sri Lanka aside Eng­land are in the midst of a much stern­er test against an in-form Pakistan. And the vis­it­ors suc­ceeded where many oth­ers have failed of late, i.e. to expose England’s weak­nesses. Per­haps England’s main weak­ness is a lack of top qual­ity… Read more »

TMS — A Reassuring Presence in Brexiting Times

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On Thursday 23 June Bri­tain (well, Eng­land and Wales – the Scots are seem­ingly more sens­ible) voted to leave the European Uni­on. As the stark real­ity of what the nation had thrust upon itself sunk in I was in a rather depressed state of mind. At work I couldn’t even stom­ach my bacon but­tie such… Read more »

Super England Claim Super Series

With just one match left in this new “super series” format between Eng­land and Sri Lanka the home nation have proven them­selves com­pletely dom­in­ant Win­ning the test series comes as no sur­prise – the vis­it­ors were nev­er going to be able to cope with Ander­son and Broad in home con­di­tions – but I expec­ted a… Read more »