22 04, 2018

Selection Dilemmas

2018-04-22T15:37:41+00:00 April 22nd, 2018|Talking Points|26 Comments

So Ed Smith is England’s new National Selector. He got the job after impressing at interview. Apparently all three candidates (that’s Big Ed, Derek Pringle, and Mike Selvey) were asked to deliver a presentation called “Selection: Art Or Science?” I imagine Del and Selvs looked puzzled, and then threw up in a [...]

18 04, 2018

ECB Testing Fans’ Loyalty Again

2018-04-19T10:28:23+00:00 April 18th, 2018|Talking Points|36 Comments

Long term readers of TFT will know that it used to have two editors rather than one. There was me, and then there was Maxie. A couple of years ago Maxie stepped down because he didn’t have time to contribute anymore. He was also (I’m sure he won’t mind me saying) [...]

29 03, 2018


2018-03-29T12:36:16+00:00 March 29th, 2018|Talking Points|112 Comments

** Update: Darren Lehmann has just announced that he's stepping down as Australian coach after the next test. -------- I've just watched the Steve Smith press conference in Australia. Wow. Do you think he was a bit upset? He cried more than my little sister when she watched Bambi. The poor bloke. [...]

27 03, 2018

ICC Must Act To Protect The Spirit Of Cricket

2018-03-27T15:39:31+00:00 March 27th, 2018|Talking Points|120 Comments

“It seemed completely beyond belief that the Australian cricket team were involved with cheating.” It might have shocked you Mr Turnbull, but only the brazenness of Australia's cheating surprised the rest of the world. The fabled spirit of cricket has been under attack for some time, and Australia have been one of [...]

24 03, 2018

Australia’s Sticky Situation

2018-03-24T22:25:13+00:00 March 24th, 2018|Talking Points|139 Comments

This is quite possibly the stickiest situation for Australian cricket since Sticky the stick insect got stuck on a sticky wicket. At times like this it seems apt to fall back on Blackadder references. If only because Australia's attempts to win the second test against South Africa by using sticky tape like [...]

14 03, 2018

Test Cricket Is Not Dying, But The Way Traditionalists Think About It Should

2018-03-14T13:06:19+00:00 March 14th, 2018|Talking Points|39 Comments

Today we have a guest article by new writer Mark Cohen. He argues that cricket is certainly changing but denies these changes necessarily threaten Test cricket. It's an interesting perspective, and one that might mollify the doom and gloom around here. It certainly challenges my own assumptions. Over to you, Mark ... [...]

12 03, 2018

See You Jimmy

2018-03-12T17:59:14+00:00 March 12th, 2018|Talking Points|19 Comments

It's official. James Whitaker, England's national selector (or 'chairman of selectors' in old money), is leaving his post. Andrew Strauss wants to overhaul the selection structure and our Jimmy, known by many as the man with the mobile, is the first person to get his marching orders / mutually part ways with [...]

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