After such a slow start to the game the first test finished at break neck speed today – and what a performance by Stuart Broad to raise the chequered flag.
Not only did he club 20 odd important runs (not out) as England’s innings came to a quick and disappointing end but he followed that by a spell of supreme fast-medium bowling which decimated the New Zealand order.
When Broad is on-song like that he was today there is simply no stopping him and he can be virtually unplayable. The last time he delivered a performance like this was against the Old Enemy at the Oval in the 2009 Ashes clash. I recorded the highlights of that day’s play and kept them for a few years just so I could watch it again and again. That day he got a 5‑for, claiming the scalps of Watson, Ponting, Hussey, Clarke and Haddin – so pretty much the Australian top order.… Read Full Article
What a topsy turvy match is proving to be! Three days gone and it’s still very unclear who is on top.
Until just before 6pm it was very much England’s day. The bowlers stepped up to the plate and managed to eek out a slight lead. And then the young pretender Root hit a steady half century well supported by the even steadier Trott.… Read Full Article
Or so the song goes.
A review of the second day’s play would always be incomplete with a nod towards shining star James Anderson.
By dismissing Kiwi opener Peter Fulton (his second wicket of the innings) Jimmy became only the fourth member of England’s prestigious 300 club. Ian Botham, Bob Willis and Fiery Fred Trueman are the only other current custodians.… Read Full Article
It was supposed to be oh so simple wasn’t it?
The Kiwis over as the apéritif for the forthcoming Ashes clash later on in the year. So one day in to a summer of antipodean cricket and with the home side winning the toss and electing to bat, surely England have raced away at 3+ an over against a second rate attack?
Not exactly. Steady progress during the 80 over of play. Hardly an A+ score but a reasonable C grade. England still have wickets in hand with the two Yorkshire boys (Tim Bresnan was left out from the final XI) at the crease.… Read Full Article
Up until a week or so ago I hadn’t had the ‘pleasure’ of watching any of the Indian Premier League.
As the name of this site suggests, I ‘adore cricket’ so thought to myself well why not. It involves a bat and a ball, batsmen and bowlers so can’t be that bad.
How wrong I was. I managed to brave half an hour before it gave me a headache. It is truly a dreadful spectacle for anyone who cherishes our wonderful game.… Read Full Article
Anyone that follows test cricket will know that all the sides are ranked, for example, at the time of writing South Africa are (rightly) ranked the best side in the world. I’ve long felt that the system used to rank teams needs revising, as it often seems to produce rankings that are clearly at odds with how well teams have been playing. Let me use the current rankings as an example.
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It’s not often you’ll hear me cheer a series where all of the test matches finished in draws, and it’s even less often that I celebrate England failing to win a series. However that is exactly how I feel about the recent drawn series in New Zealand. Now before the barmy army hang draw and quarter me, give me a chance to explain myself!
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The other day I had the brief pleasure of watching Bangladesh versus Sri Lanka on the goggle box. It only lasted about an hour as other family members succeeded in prising the remote away from me as soon as my back was turned.
But it was test cricket at its best. There wasn’t a flurry of wickets and only a few runs were scored but from the perspective of the game it couldn’t have been more vital.
The awesome and ever green middle order batsman Kumar Sangakkara had crafted yet another fine century as he looked to marshal the tail to get a meaningful first innings lead over the hosts. Sri Lanka had a lead of around 40 runs with only four wickets in hand. Gripping test match cricket as the game ebbed and flowed.
The sad thing was the crowd – or lack of. I wasn’t there I could only see what the TV beamed back. But from what I could see it was like watching a second XI match in terms of bums on seats. It was the proverbial ‘one man and his dog’ stuff.… Read Full Article
As I write this I am trying to find the right prose that doesn’t make me come across as some silly and narrow minded ‘little Englander’ who sees all ‘them foreigners’ as something to be feared and hated.
World class overseas players such as Curtley and Courtney and the Master Blaster Viv Richards have helped to light up the county circuit in previous seasons and brought joy to millions. All fans want to see the best quality players on show – myself included.
But I do want to have a little grumble about the extent of the abuse of the spirit of the term ‘overseas’ player.… Read Full Article
When I were ‘nowt but a lad’ as they say round me I used to sneak out of the house to watch my beloved Yorkshire at nearby Abbeydale whenever they came to town.
Knowing the ground well I used to hide in a clearing in the hedge and would then base myself there for the rest of the morning and afternoon.
Home talents including David Byas, Richard Stemp, Richard Blakey and a young Michael Vaughan (who is a little older than me– I’m not that old!) would wow the crowds with their play.
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