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Australia’s Selection Meltdown: Are They Panicking Already?

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Well, well, well. It seems that Australia’s selectors are just as barmy as England’s hopeless trio. The Aussies have made three controversial selections in their squad for the first test. Young Cameron Bancroft has come in for Matt Renshaw, old Tim Paine has come in for Nevill / Wade, and even older Shaun Marsh has been recalled ahead of Hilton Cartwright (who sounds a bit like an...

Ashes to Ashes, Stump to Stump

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It’s time for a change of pace. So here’s Peter Jackson Eastwood, operating right arm over the top from the literary end. Eat your heart out, Dylan Thomas … Now as a Test Cricket purest, I don’t care much for the Big Bash, And as England prepare for the greatest of series, I fear they could be burned to Ash.   And yet I still cling to that morsel of hope, For we Englishman...

Who Will Score England’s Runs This Winter?

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With Ben Stokes nursing a broken hand, a bruised ego, and a ruptured reputation, England might find themselves short of runs this winter. However, one unintended consequence of long batting line-ups is that individuals sometimes lose focus and don’t take responsibility for scoring big runs. Instead they assume that someone else will dig the team out of trouble somewhere along the line...

England’s Four-Year Cycle, Botched

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The last time England toured Australia we were slight favourites. We’d just beaten them 3-0 at home, albeit not as convincingly as the score suggests, and we had a settled team with fond memories of their last Ashes tour. The spine of the team looked good: Cook, Trott, Pietersen, Bell, a young Root, Prior, Swann, Broad and Anderson. A few of them were carrying some physical or mental baggage but...

Pull the other one – England’s Ashes injury hoodoos

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Injuries. They’re the bane of the England cricket team’s existence. And every time there’s an Ashes tour down under things just go from bad to worse. Back in the 1990s England only seemed to have two players the Aussies worried about: Darren Gough and Graham Thorpe. Therefore it was odds on they’d both get injured either before or during the tour … thus making an impossible task even more...

Fantasy Cricket and Prediction Games

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James Pope from Fanto and Matt Gisby have been in touch to tell us about games they’ve developed for The Ashes. I thought I’d pass on the details. James runs a fantasy league site and he’s put together an Ashes version you might be interested in. It works a bit like the fantasy games you see in the newspapers, but the fanto version looks a bit simpler to set up and monitor...

A Guide For Disabled Cricketers

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I quickly wanted to give people with disabilities a heads up about Darren Douglas’s new Disability Cricket Guide. It’s a pretty comprehensive article that explains how you can get involved in the sport at amateur level. I have to admit that, like many, I was in the dark somewhat when it comes to this subject. However, after discussing things with Darren it seems there are great...

England’s Formula For Ashes Glory – A Random Theory

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Well, our lads are in Australia now, and the first warm up game starts at the WACA in three days’ time. That means it’s precisely 76 hours until some young bastard named Greg Law or Stuart Blewett (or something similar) takes Broad and Anderson to the cleaners and inserts the very first nail in our Ashes coffin. Anyway, all is not lost. Ben Stokes might be as absent as salad in Mike...

Bloody Australians

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First I’ll begin with a confession. When I was a teenager I used to take life too seriously. And I used to get far too worked up about sport. I used to hate Shane Warne with a passion (a very unhealthy passion), and I used to fantasise about punching Matthew Hayden in the face. For me the Ashes was a war. It was the benevolent English against the uncouth Aussie scum. I used to despise their...

L’Etranger

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Eleven positions make up the standard cricket team. Each possesses its own unique aspects, be they geographical, technical or skill related. Each possesses certain nuances which the incumbent must be cognisant of in order to perform proficiently. Each will require a modicum of adaptability and metamorphosis, changing roles depending on the ebb and flow of a match. Nevertheless, the average...

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