CategoryChampions Trophy 2017

Pakistan. Wow.

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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 first three upsets above, but I’m sure it will feel seismic for some hardcore (not to mention...

Strauss’s Fruitless Revolution

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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 being honest, that our white ball revolution was hollow. And this was...

Australia, Thanks For Coming

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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 had nobody to beat, right? I know you’re probably a bit fed up with the English weather...

Semi Finals Here We Come

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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 can’t trot out my usual ‘SWA-LAKE’ joke – but we got a hurricane instead...

Up And Running

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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 two teams met in a major 50 over tournament. Although Bangladesh’s 305 might...

South Africa Series Wrap

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So what did you think? If you had a ticket for the Rose Bowl game I imagine you’re feeling as smug as Donald Trump when he puts his arm around Melania. You saw an absolute classic on Saturday and the result even went the right way too. Shame everyone else missed it because they were glued to the FA Cup final. If you went to Lord’s, on the other hand, and splashed out £95 quid for England’s horror...

Champions Trophy Preview – Sri Lanka

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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 are unknown quantities (to English fans at least). With...

Jonny Proves A Point

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“Thanks for coming Jonny. Maybe we’ll give you a ring if we’re one short next month”. You’ve got to feel sorry for Jonny Bairstow. He’s the third best batsman in the country (after Root and Cook), he had a record breaking 2016 as England’s test batsman-keeper, he averages a healthy 37 in ODIs at an excellent strike-rate of 91, and yet he can’t get...

BCCI Should Grow Up

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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 sight. The BCCI’s reaction to the ICC’s new financial model – which overturns the...

As You Were – England’s Champions Trophy Squad

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Continuity is nice. It’s like a reassuring hug. It might be boring – and it gives the blogosphere sod all to talk about – but it shows that most things in the garden are rosy and optimism is starting to bloom. England’s champions trophy squad is one such example. The selectors could have picked a number of budding new players – Liam Livingstone amongst them –...

Candy. Baby.

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When England win an ODI by the ridiculously emphatic margin of 186 runs, I guess we should all be happy. Back in the 1980s our batsmen rarely scored 186 across two innings of a test match against the Windies …. well, maybe we weren’t quite that bad, but you get my point. When England got slaughtered by a Windies pace attack that included the likes of Marshall, Holding, Patterson...

Calm Heads Avert Setback

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Keep cool, man. I quite enjoy watching cricket from the Caribbean. It’s not quite what it used to be, when the stadiums were close to city centres, and Gravy was dancing in the stands, but it still makes a nice change. There are usually quite a few cool cats in the stands too – although the coolest two men in Antigua yesterday were probably Joe Root and Chris Woakes, who kept their...

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