Twee toetse in, 1–0 to India. England’s poor summer continued apace today with a shocking (Jammer, haglike) collapse after lunch today to hand the visitors the initiative going forward into the rest of the series. On current evidence it would be hard to see past India winning the series.
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In a way I am almost glad England failed to grind out a draw against Sri Lanka. Had they done so it would have been seen by many as some sort of miraculous escape. Rug teen die muur, stoic defence when the chips were down. Dit moet nie, however, detract from a dire performance. For the umpteenth time the batsmen have let us down. The last Ashes on English soil were won despite, not because of our batsmen and the overall picture hasn’t improved since then.… Lees die volledige artikel
Cricket is a sport in which most followers expect their heroes to adhere to a higher standard of fair play and sportsmanship.
The recent incident of ‘Mankading’ (wat op die aarde geskep dat frase?) – when Sri Lanka’s Sachithra Senanayake ran out England’s Jos Buttler who had strayed out of his crease at the non-striker’s end at a key point in the final and deciding ODI in the series was disappointing to see and thankfully remains very rare.
The last incident I can remember is when Kapil Dev ran out South Africa’s Peter Kirsten, apparently without warning: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v = RzbFy_elb8k
Differing accounts of Tuesday’s shambles say Senanayake warned Buttler twice or just the once. Hoe dit ook al, it wasn’t cricket. The bowler shouldn’t have done it and the captain should have over-ruled the appeal. Hy het nie, Dit het gebeur sodat ons links na die koste van 'n stam reken op die spel.
Wat ek nie hou nie, however, is England using this unsavoury controversy to shield yet another highly mixed performance during a ODI series.
Sri Lanka are a decent side – but without the wicket taking machine that was Muttiah Muralitharan in the line-up and home advantage you would have expected England to win the series.… Lees die volledige artikel
Terug in Maart verlede jaar (Sjoe, regtig so lank gelede??) Ek geskryfde 'n kort missive oor die toekoms van toets krieket en wat kan gebeur om die spel in die komende jaar. Inspired by watching a fascinating dual between bat and ball as Bangladesh took on Sri Lanka I waxed lyrical about the game and the subtle battles and tactical ramifications that make test cricket, well testing. Unfortunately, you may recall dear reader, the article was nevertheless based on a sad note – the crowd – or more accurately the lack of the crowd – rejoicing in the contest.
baie wyse (en 'n paar onwyse) sages have put their thinking caps on to ponder how to better push the claims of test match cricket. Test match cricket is a discipline that must not be allowed to die. It is the very essence of cricket and at the very apex of the wonderful game. If test match cricket dies then so too does the heart and soul of the sport.… Lees die volledige artikel
Verskonings een en almal vir 'n gebrek aan onlangse musings - dit is alles te danke aan 'n nuwe aankomeling in die huishouding wat my wakker beteken (en slaap) uur is heeltemal oorheers deur bottelvoeding sessies en luier veranderinge - ja 'n bietjie bambino het aangebreek. Give her about 18 years and she’ll be playing for England.
Anyway; to business.
Wel, to paraphrase William Shakespeare somewhat, that was a winter of discontent for England. After pretty inept performances in the Ashes most would have thought it couldn’t get any worse. It did – the humiliating defeat against the Netherlands (even if it was a ‘dead rubber’) proving the coup de grâce. Before and since that final shambolic outing there have been some high profile casualties — gone are coach Andy Flower, middle order mainstay Jonathan Trott and spin king Graeme Swann. And then of course there is the whole saga around Kevin Pietersen. Gloveman Matt Prior will also be nervously looking over his shoulder as others threaten his place in the side.… Lees die volledige artikel
There’s an old anecdote in the cricketing career of Harold ‘Dickie’ Bird in which he hit a century for Yorkshire in one match and found himself dropped for the next.
With an average just over 20 his first-class career was hardly spectacular but as an international umpire he went on to arguably be the best in the business.
He was well liked and entertaining, bringing his native Yorkshire straight talking no nonsense approach to the pitch. Dickie was also seen as completely neutral whoever was playing, despite a deep-rooted love of both county and country.… Lees die volledige artikel
Wanneer Engeland kwadraat tot Australië in die laaste reeks om die As ek, soos baie, gedink dat die besoekers sal die urn in die vyf wedstryde behou. Dit is altyd 'n taaier stryd as die somer onthulling maar oorwinning sal na verwagting.
Speler vir speler Engeland was net te sterk, En hulle was nie? Op daardie stadium, with the standout exception of middle-order maestro Michael Clarke, a combined XI of the two sides would have been dominated by the three lions. Other than skipper Clarke who would have made the combined side? Perhaps David Warner for Michael Carberry? A fit Ryan Harris in for either Chris Tremlett or Tim Bresnan? Certainly the former, probably the latter. A place for Shane Watson? Miskien - maar wat sou hy vervang? Op die oog af, however, England certainly appeared the stronger outfit.… Lees die volledige artikel
In die grootste krieket nuus van die dag Engeland het aangekondig sal Kevin Pieterson nie meer in hul planne, effektief afdanking hul voorste kolwer. Dit het uiteindelik gelei tot my na my eerste artikel skryf sedert die rampspoedige Ashes-reeks begin byna 2 maande gelede. Ek wil graag vir julle eerlike waarskuwing leser gee, that as hard as I try to always be positive about the great game there are occasional days where what needs saying just doesn’t feel very positive. This is one of them…
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Want wat ek nou gaan sê, kan ek van bo af getref ... maar ek is bly dat hierdie reeks om die As is op 'n einde. Heel eenvoudig Australië het baie beter gespeel as die som van hulle individuele dele en Engeland gewees, vir die groot deel, absoluut diaboliese.
As sure as night follows day the Aussies wrapped up a devastating 5–0 series win, yet again bowling England out for a pitiful total not worthy of an international line up. The visitors now need to go back, re-group and pick up the pieces from this potentially disastrous tour down-under.… Lees die volledige artikel
Engels winters is 'n verskriklike ding. Koue en nat, die seisoen beteken ook geen huis krieket hoegenaamd.
Christmas is one shining light in the fog of the cold and to add to this the thought of an annual test match that starts on Boxing Day and usually held under blue skies and warm temperatures is one that stirs the imagination and one that I will raise a cold beer to.
Boxing Day tests have been held every year since 1980 (behalwe 1989 wanneer 'n eendag-wedstryd teen Sri Lanka in plaas gespeel (boo - ed) and at the Melbourne Cricket Club in Australia – aka the MCG). They have also been dominated by some massive crowds (which have approached six figures on occasion).... Lees die volledige artikel