30 09, 2019

Fortunate Summer

September 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, [...]

17 09, 2019

Stick Or Twist? – Post Ashes Edition

September 17th, 2019|Ashes 2019|41 Comments

The end of the English summer is a difficult time for all of us. We pack our kitbags away in the loft or garage - inevitably forgetting to unpack that pair of sweaty socks from the last match - and we start questioning the meaning of life without cricket. This is also [...]

16 09, 2019

Small Consolation?

September 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

September 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

September 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 [...]

7 09, 2019

Surely Our Number’s Up This Time?

September 7th, 2019|Ashes 2019|33 Comments

So I've had a couple of beers. I've got a third on the go. And it's time for me to update the blog. I doubt this will be my most coherent effort but the time feels right. After all, the Ashes feel like they're slipping away once again. We've been here before, [...]

5 09, 2019

Is The Writing On The Wall Again Already?

September 5th, 2019|Ashes 2019|58 Comments

Our chances of winning the Ashes diminished considerably today. In fact they probably halved. England need to win either this test match or the one at The Oval to wrestle the urn back from the antipodean anti-heroes. And, after two days play in Manchester, it seems as plain as the nose on [...]

2 09, 2019

Sacrificial Lambs

September 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

August 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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