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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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
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
Amongst the wreckage of the Ashes tour comes another seismic bombshell — the best English spinner in a generation has handed his ticket in.
Yes it’s true — Graeme Swann has announced his immediate retirement. Wat 'n massiewe verlies. Swann was a great player, competitor, fighter and all-round team man. Hy kan selfs hou 'n kolf op die regte manier ronde.
Having taken 255 wickets in his test career at a shade under 30 n stuk, sy rekord is daar vir almal om te sien en dit gaan baie moeilik om hom te vervang te wees. As always with England there’s hardly a queue of spinners banging down the door to take his place in the side. So does that mean we go back to the days of only ever picking a twirler when the pitch suits rather than a first choice?... Lees die volledige artikel
Two days in and Australia certainly have the upper hand. Maar so what. The Ashes are won and won pretty convincingly at that. This is a dead-rubber match and is very reminiscent of Ashes series of old when England used to suddenly pull a decent performance out of the hat when the urn was in the possession of the Aussies. Players who time and time again let the team down would suddenly grab a five-for or score a century and their series average to the historic observer would look half-decent.… Lees die volledige artikel
Firstly an apology for not updating the site much of late – along with the other author for this site I’ve been on a drive through Europe.
Ons is nou al terug, so bang nie.
so, England wrapped up the Ashes with a barnstorming performance on the last day to well and truly send them packing. A lot has been written already about England’s performance and, in particular, Stuart Broad’s performance. It was excellent, einde van.
So I’m going to concentrate on something a little different, 'n bietjie off-sentrum as jy wil.
When Australia were at their peak a few years back (lyk so lank gelede nou!) the one mistake they made was not to blood up-and-coming youngsters so they had a chance to experience the highs and lows of test match cricket.… Lees die volledige artikel
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 hier is 'n paar van my eie gedagtes, uninfluenced by the pundits.
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En so het dit gebeur.
England wrapped up a convincing victory thus taking the series 2–0. Dit was al 'n bietjie te maklik. Only the weather could have saved New Zealand from certain defeat. Dit het gereën, maar net nie genoeg, and England stepped up to the plate and showed their true class.
They are a far better side than New Zealand and they proved it. The bowling attack in particular throughout the series have performed very well although the Kiwis’ attack hasn’t done too badly either.… Lees die volledige artikel