26 07, 2019

Relief

2019-07-26T19:08:39+00:00July 26th, 2019|Ashes 2019, Eng v Ire 2019|62 Comments

The England test team doesn't have many strengths these days. But it can win, and usually does, if the groundsman prepares an archetypal seamer's wickets and the weather Gods feel sympathetic enough to provide overcast skies. This is the brew that's been hiding our general frailties for a few years now. And [...]

24 07, 2019

A New Low

2019-07-24T17:47:51+00:00July 24th, 2019|Ashes 2019, Eng v Ire 2019, Talking Points|58 Comments

Let's start with the positives. Erm. Ollie Stone looked good I suppose. And now for the negatives ... What in the name of Zeus's pubic hair was that? I'm gobsmacked. To get bowled out for 85 in a single session is bad enough. But to get bowled out by Ireland? At home? [...]

22 07, 2019

The Red Ball Returns

2019-08-05T10:18:42+00:00July 22nd, 2019|Ashes 2019|13 Comments

With the World Cup triumph in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to think ahead to The Ashes. And first up we have a one-off test against Ireland. The game should be an occasion in itself, although I’m sure England will have one eye on the Aussies. After all, the selectors have decided [...]

21 06, 2019

Three Is An Ashes Number

2019-06-21T10:31:19+00:00June 21st, 2019|Ashes 2019, Test Cricket|10 Comments

Style or substance? Resolute defence or blistering attack? Mercurial talent or dogged resistance? It is a fun quirk of this sumptuous cricketing summer that the World Cup is running parallel to the County Championship. And while the formats are very different, players in both are vying for one identical prize: a place [...]

10 05, 2019

What About Sam Curran?

2019-05-10T11:54:12+00:00May 10th, 2019|Ashes 2019, Player Spotlight|19 Comments

While all eyes, well most eyes, have been on England's warm-up games against Pakistan, the English players who remained at the IPL have become somewhat forgotten men. One of these young men was Sam Curran, who not long ago was the darling of English cricket. However, he's had a bit of a [...]

26 03, 2019

Don’t Forget It’s An Ashes Year

2019-03-26T17:54:52+00:00March 26th, 2019|Ashes 2019, Test Cricket|26 Comments

A home World Cup is always a super occasion. The last time it happened I was actually travelling around Australia. We'd just endured another Ashes defeat, and I decided to come home after a few months specifically to catch the end of the tournament. Unfortunately England got knocked out before I flew [...]

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