It’s been a long while since we shared our thoughts on the world of cricket. A lot has happened in that time. With England and Australia set to do battle once again, in both ODI and Test cricket for both men and women no less, it is high time we covered some of the last 18 months.
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It’s that time again — the nights are long, the air is cold, but soon the radio will fire into life and bring the sounds of Australian summer to our ears. Will England come back from the previous whitewash with a win (as they did in 2010-11, or will Australia complete a 3rd whitewash in 4 series. I for one am betting it won’t be a draw!
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We’ve had rather an extended hiatus over the last year or so with one author starting a family and myself particularly busy with work from September to May. But over the coming months we hope to get back to our best. And we couldn’t have come back to cricket time at a better time for England fans.
1988–2014. May you rest in peace.
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. What a massive loss. Swann was a great player, competitor, fighter and all-round team man. He could even hold a bat the right way round.
Having taken 255 wickets in his test career at a shade under 30 a piece, his record is there for all to see and it’s going to be very hard to replace him. 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?… Read Full Article
What has happened to England? In the last two tests they have been appalling. I can’t think of any positives to take out of either game.
The batting line up has been short of runs for some time now. The bowlers won the Ashes for England last time round, despite the best efforts of the much heralded batting line up to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory (the wonderful Bell aside) and now, in Australian conditions, England are really up against it. The batsmen are continuing to struggle but what is most worrying is the way they are getting out – careless and lazy shots and a lack of application. You expect fireworks from Kevin Pieterson early on in an innings but not the others.… Read Full Article
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.
We are back now though, so fear not.
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, end of.
So I’m going to concentrate on something a little different, a little off-centre if you will.
When Australia were at their peak a few years back (seems so long ago now!) 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.… Read Full Article
I actually started the outline of this article over 2 weeks ago. Since then I’ve been abroad, whilst the criticisms of DRS have just got louder. There wont be any fence sitting from me — I’m a big fan of the DRS system, and I intend to deal with all the criticisms I’ve heard and put forward a solid case for the use of technology in cricket.
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So, the intriguing 1st Ashes Test at Trent Bridge continues to be exciting with no clear winner emerging as yet. However I want to look back to a potentially key moment of the game — the “not out” decision given to Australia’s Agar. Let me be clear — no fault can be laid on any of the players or on-field umpires — only on the DRS system and the umpire managing it. There have been several wrong decisions in this Test match and in the recent champions trophy, lets look at each of them in turn.… Read Full Article
A couple of nights back I went to Sheffield City Hall with a few of the family to see Henry Blofeld and Peter Baxter doing what they do best — telling stories and revealing some of what goes on in the TMS box. Unlike many “performers” they started on time at 7:30 and carried on (with a short interval) until past 10pm. If they’re coming to a place near you and you have a free evening I really recommend getting a ticket and going down — it was one of the best evenings of entertainment a cricket fan could ask for… Read Full Article