AuthorAlex Ferguson

The Hundred. A Positive Spin.

To mark the end of the inaugural season of The Hundred, we’re publishing two articles that approach things from two very different viewpoints. Below Alex Ferguson explains why he thinks The Hundred was a success and why its critics should think again. I’ll then offer my own perspective which questions how successful the tournament really was … And so, The Hundred is over. The Southern Brave have been the undoubted overall Champions of the men’s and women’s tournaments, with...

Rescheduling the India Tests – An Idea

As a former financial journalist, I spent a large amount of time drinking and smoking cigarettes with the characters of the Lloyds Market, for two reasons: The first was because I thoroughly enjoyed their company. The second? Because they would ever so often given me off-the-record commentary on the comings-and-goings of people within the market, as well as the probably impacts of mergers and acquisitions. So it was of no surprise to me last week when it emerged that ‘sources close to the ECB’...

India’s Triumph In Australia

Today Alex continues our buildup to the India versus England series by looking back at India’s amazing triumph down under. What made the series so special? And what did we learn?  The Australia – India Series was the one of the best series that Test cricket has seen for years. Although you could talk about the drama of the last Ashes in England, this series featured a team that was literally the walking wounded against a powerhouse team that nevertheless has significant holes. It made for...

Black Lives Matter, So Let’s Not Ignore The Rebel Tours To South Africa

Today Alex Ferguson reminds us about England’s two rebels tours to South Africa. Thank heavens there was never a third. Two weeks ago the West Indies completed a three-game series against England, where – quite rightly – the words: “Black Lives Matter” was all over Sky’s coverage. Knees were taken, tears welled up. It was simply amazing. Cricket’s move is a follow-up to all other sports who have done the same thing in an effort to push black rights. But...

Will England Play At All This Summer?

Today Alex examines the ECB’s proposals for quarantine cricket. Can you see any cricket being played this summer?  There’s a report in The Guardian that the England Cricket Board are trying to resurrect test cricket this season by effectively getting players to play in ‘cricket quarantine’ for nine weeks. This could make the Pakistan and West Indies series possible. According to the report – which doesn’t seem to sound like tabloid-like lunacy – said that England’s Test cricketers have...

From The Other Side Of The Hundred Divide

We can’t call TFT a broad church, or even a proper forum for discussion, unless we hear the other side of the argument from time to time. I’ve been boring everyone with my monologues against The Hundred for months. So now it’s time for me to shut up and let someone else put a more positive spin on the competition. Here’s Alex. Be gentle. Or not. He can take it …  There has been a rage building in Britain. People are demonstrating. The press are spitting bullets...

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