25 08, 2019

Ben Stokes

August 25th, 2019|Ashes 2019|81 Comments

When I sat down to write this headline all the usual superlatives went through my head. Awesome. Sensational. Insane. I even toyed with the headline The Miracle of Headingley '19. But in the end only two words felt right. Only two words encapsulated all the superlatives I could ever regurgitate: Ben Stokes. [...]

23 08, 2019

The Day We Kissed The Ashes Goodbye

August 23rd, 2019|Ashes 2019|55 Comments

What a terrible day. It was miserable. The worst. The hope generated by Jofra Archer yesterday has completely evaporated, and now we have to contemplate our fears becoming reality - fears those of us who care deeply about our first class game have harboured for years. As I watched England collapse to [...]

19 08, 2019

Aussies On The Run

August 19th, 2019|Ashes 2019|37 Comments

Another bore draw eh. I can see why this test cricket lark is dying. Ahem. The Lord's test might have started as a damp squib, with five sessions and an hour ruined by the weather, but it turned out to be an absolute classic. Both sides had a legitimate chance to win [...]

13 08, 2019

Can Three Players Change Everything?

August 13th, 2019|Ashes 2019|26 Comments

Sam Curran, Jofra Archer, and Jack Leach. These are the three cricketers we're pinning our hopes on at Lord's. They'll have to shake up the team, raise morale, and give Australia's batting (otherwise known as Steve Smith) something new to think about. Confident? I wish I was. Personally I'm not even 100% [...]

8 08, 2019

Futile Suggestions

August 8th, 2019|Ashes 2019|50 Comments

After Ollie Stone was ruled out of the second Ashes test yesterday, I Tweeted out my preferred side for Lord's. It went as follows: Burns, Roy, Stokes, Root, Buttler, Bairstow, Woakes, Curran, Archer, Leach, Broad. I was immediately given a tongue lashing (I'm going to copyright this expression when Josh Tongue plays [...]

4 08, 2019

Shattered – Day 4 at Edgbaston

August 4th, 2019|Ashes 2019|34 Comments

The last time I checked in (on Friday evening) England were in a great position - just a few runs behind Australia's first innings score and with plenty of wickets in hand. And then it all went pear shaped thanks to a mini collapse on Saturday morning and another Steve Smith hundred. [...]

2 08, 2019

Proper Cricket – Day 2 From Brum

August 2nd, 2019|Ashes 2019|8 Comments

I don't think I've ever felt so nervous waiting for a batsman to reach three figures. I didn't even particularly care about the wickets falling at the other end for a period. It was all about Rory Burns. Could he reach those three magical figures? When the moment finally arrived I was [...]

1 08, 2019

The Rodent Returns – Day 1 at Edgbaston

August 1st, 2019|Ashes 2019|40 Comments

Today’s play was painful. We had our collective boot on Australia’s metaphorical throat but the opportunity slipped away. And it’s all because of Steve Smith. Yes him. The ginger rodent. The bane of our existence. I wish I could say Smith was lucky. I wish I could say that he cheated. But [...]

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