Posts Categorized: Test Cricket

One-nil to the Aussies — game on

The Ashes urn

So the first test is over, and Aus­tralia main­tained their long record of suc­cess at the Gabba to no great sur­prise here. So, what pos­it­ives can we take from it?

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 »

Summer 2016 — A good summer

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So, the 2016 crick­et sea­son is over and the foot­ballers are back dom­in­at­ing the tabloids and the TV. What did we make of this year in inter­na­tion­al crick­et and domest­ic crick­et.

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

TMS

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 »

England vs Sri Lanka — any Lessons Learned?

The third and final test in the Eng­land vs Sri Lanka test series is now at an end after the rain brought a damp squib of an end to the match. So what have we learned? Not a great deal really. We are almost where we were three tests ago. Nick Compton would appear not… Read more »