AuthorJames Ogden

England’s Unlikely Openers

A few games into the County Championship season and you tend to get an idea of the players that may be knocking down the door for England selection. With none of England’s incumbent top 3 in sparkling form, and question marks hanging over the head of Rory Burns in particular, it’s time to look at some players who are quietly chipping away in the background but who may provide a stable option in the upcoming coming Tests against New Zealand. Surprisingly for batsmen in April, runs have been...

The Curious Case Of Keaton Jennings

Here’s James Ogden with his latest piece on Keaton Jennings, who could be emerging as England’s first ever Asia specialist … When Keaton Jennings was selected for the upcoming winter tour of Sri Lanka, the response was typically, and some would say understandably, negative. Of all the openers tried in the past decade to replace Andrew Strauss and the now recently retired Alastair Cook, none have received as much scorn as the former South Africa under-19’s captain. Maybe it’s...

Test Cricket And The Power Of Time

Today we welcome new guest writer James Ogden to TFT. He argues that it’s vital to preserve 5-day Test cricket, and believes that the compelling game at Cape Town couldn’t have come at a better time. 2020 started with a whimper in the cricketing world. The first T20I between India and Sri Lanka was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to water seeping through the covers. Australia completed a 3-0 rout of a disappointingly uncompetitive New Zealand, and England started the new...

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