19 06, 2017

Pakistan. Wow.

2017-06-19T09:53:30+00:00 June 19th, 2017|Champions Trophy 2017|12 Comments

The world as we know it has been turned upside down. First there was Brexit. Then Trump. Then Corbyn (well, kind of). But now the biggest shock of them all: Pakistan winning the Champions Trophy. Ok, perhaps it's wrong to suggest that a cricket tournament is anywhere near as important as the [...]

15 06, 2017

Strauss’s Fruitless Revolution

2017-06-15T15:40:06+00:00 June 15th, 2017|Champions Trophy 2017|51 Comments

I guess we should have known. Despite knowing through painful experience that we should never get our hopes up - let alone buy into the 'bookies' favourites' tag - many of us really thought that England might win the Champions Trophy. Yeah right. The bottom line is, and always was if we're [...]

10 06, 2017

Australia, Thanks For Coming

2017-06-10T19:03:53+00:00 June 10th, 2017|Champions Trophy 2017|28 Comments

I'd like to extend my personal and heartfelt thanks to Australia for making the long trip over to Blighty this June. It's really important for teams with no realistic chance of winning to come over and make up the numbers. It really wouldn't be much of a tournament if the good teams [...]

7 06, 2017

Semi Finals Here We Come

2017-06-07T08:42:01+00:00 June 7th, 2017|Champions Trophy 2017|15 Comments

Ah June. Glorious June. The days are long; the nights are short. The Champions Trophy is underway and the football season has mercifully finished. Prepare yourself for a heatwave. Or not. Is it just me or is the weather always shit in Cardiff? The rain mostly stayed away this time - meaning I [...]

1 06, 2017

Up And Running

2017-06-01T18:19:43+00:00 June 1st, 2017|Champions Trophy 2017|17 Comments

Nice and easy. That's exactly how I like it. There were no nerves at The Oval today. England cantered to victory by eight wickets against a limited Bangladesh team. It looked like a banana skin on paper, but all the Bangladeshi bowlers could do was blow raspberries. What a difference from the last time these [...]

24 05, 2017

Champions Trophy Preview – Sri Lanka

2017-05-24T10:12:05+00:00 May 24th, 2017|Champions Trophy 2017|2 Comments

The Champions Trophy starts in a couple of weeks and people are already tipping England, India, Australia and South Africa to win. But what about Sri Lanka? Because they've lost so many great players in recent years they're flying under the radar somewhat. This isn't entirely surprising because so many of their new stars [...]

4 05, 2017

BCCI Should Grow Up

2017-05-04T11:51:38+00:00 May 4th, 2017|Champions Trophy 2017|12 Comments

I have a baby daughter who's one and a half years old. We love her dearly but she's a right pain in the bum when she doesn't get her way. She screams, shouts, pouts like Posh Spice, and occasionally spits her dummy out and throws it across the room. It's not a pleasant [...]

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