30 09, 2019

Fortunate Summer

2019-09-30T13:31:44+00:00September 30th, 2019|Ashes 2019, Talking Points|12 Comments

The county championship season might have finished with a damp squib, but the metaphorical sun shone brightly on English cricket in the summer of 2019. It was an important year - probably the most important year for decades – and it might have finished in disaster had events unfolded differently. Fortunately, however, [...]

16 09, 2019

Small Consolation?

2019-09-16T14:14:03+00:00September 16th, 2019|Ashes 2019|20 Comments

As expected England completed their consolation victory over the Aussies at The Oval yesterday. It was never really in doubt. Parallels with Headingley were always misplaced because the pitch at Leeds seemed to improve as the game went on. This surface, on the other hand, was a good traditional cricket wicket. There [...]

14 09, 2019

Joe Denly

2019-09-14T19:21:04+00:00September 14th, 2019|Ashes 2019|13 Comments

I honestly thought he'd get there. He was just six runs short - that's one top edged Pietersen hook off Brett Lee away - from scoring a maiden test hundred. It was impossible not to feel completely gutted for the bloke. I like Denly. Everyone's warmed to Jack Leach because he's an [...]

13 09, 2019

Rare Ascendancy

2019-09-13T19:13:49+00:00September 13th, 2019|Ashes 2019|31 Comments

Oh what could have been. That's my overriding thought at the moment. England bowled really well today and we should win the 5th test from here. The holes in the Australian batting line up seemed wider than Kings Canyon in Northern Territory. If only we'd got our collective act together earlier in [...]

9 09, 2019

Ham-fisted and Hamstrung (It Was Always Likely To End This Way)

2019-09-09T13:33:53+00:00September 9th, 2019|Ashes 2019|72 Comments

So there was no miracle this time. Just inevitability. Our batsmen did their best but the mountain was insurmountable. Another team, with another batting line-up, might have saved the day. But our guys were ultimately undone by their own frailties. They showed tremendous fight, and made Australia work hard, but unfortunately they [...]

2 09, 2019

Sacrificial Lambs

2019-09-02T14:05:36+00:00September 2nd, 2019|Ashes 2019|35 Comments

Ladies and gentlemen. I'd like to introduce you to Joe. No, not Joe Root, the other Joe. The one who plays for Kent. Joe Denly. Isn't his coat nice and fluffy? He's sure to fetch a good price at market. Now where did I put that meat cleaver? Here at England team [...]

27 08, 2019

Stoking It Up

2019-08-27T12:36:44+00:00August 27th, 2019|Ashes 2019|46 Comments

How's your hangover? Mercifully mine has finally dissipated. Sunday night was one hell of a party and I spent most of Monday wondering whether the damage to my liver would be permanent. Luckily, however, I survived. And I'm slowly beginning to digest what happened. So after my somewhat dazed and confused post [...]

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