During the ODI world cup there has been continuous discussion amongst the commentators about the reaction of the crowds to the 2 Australian cheats. Eoin Morgan didn’t take a position and said he felt it wasn’t up to him to tell the fans what to do or think. Virat Kohli asked supporters not to boo the pair in a positive gesture that perhaps they don’t deserve. Former England players including Graeme Swann have been very negative about the booing, as have many Australian ex-pros. So what is the watching public to do?
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So the Ashes are now at end with England the victors and Australia put back in their place. A 3–2 scoreline flatters the green baggied ones a little but in truth the last test was a dead rubber for England. They were never going to play to the same level on intensity as when they were trying to claim the little urn back from our Antipodean cousins.
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When England squared up to Australia in the last Ashes series I, like many, thought the visitors would retain the urn during the five match series. It was always going to a tougher battle than the summer showdown but victory was expected.
Player for player England were just too strong, weren’t they? At the time, 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? Maybe – but who would he replace? On the face of it, however, England certainly appeared the stronger outfit.… Read Full Article
For what I am about to say may I be struck down from above…but I am glad that this Ashes series is at an end. Quite simply Australia have played far better than the sum of their individual parts and England have been, for the large part, absolutely diabolical.
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.… Read Full Article
English winters are a terrible thing. Cold and wet, the season also means no home cricket whatsoever.
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 (except 1989 when a one day match vs Sri Lanka was played instead (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).… Read Full Article
I’ve been away on holiday for the past 2½ weeks and haven’t had chance to write about the cricket. During that time there have been 2 more Ashes test matches and England have extended their lead to 3–0. Having been away from all the talking heads I haven’t heard what they have to say, so here are some of my own thoughts, uninfluenced by the pundits.
So, the second Test is over, and England have won comprehensively, and with it, almost certainly retained the Ashes. A lot of discussion is already focussed on what Australia can do to get some pride back in this series, and how they can rebuild for the return series this winter in Australia. The focus is on Australia’s batting line up, so let’s look at some numbers from the last 2 tests… Read Full Article
So we’re only x days into the ICC champions trophy and there have been 2 very disappointing incidents involving players in the tournament, one on the pitch and one off. Whilst cricket has had issue with gambling related corruption (e.g. Hansie Cronje or the Spot-Fixing scandal from 2011) the game has a reputation for good spirit and honest play between players. Are these recent events a sign that times are changing, or are they merely an unfortunate blip?
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