11 10, 2019

Winning Isn’t Everything. Or Is It?

2019-10-11T11:05:14+00:00October 11th, 2019|Talking Points|16 Comments

Winning isn't everything. Apparently. We're now living in a new age of international sport where manners, decency and fair play are the objectives. The goal is to win respect not matches. Anyone would've thought that we've become Australia post sandpaper-gate. I didn't think so at the time, but maybe the entertainer at [...]

10 10, 2019

Why The Hashim Amla Kolpak Deal Is Good For County Cricket

2019-10-10T13:41:30+00:00October 10th, 2019|County Cricket, Talking Points|19 Comments

Is there a more controversial word in the English cricketing dictionary than 'Kolpak'? No other word, other than '(the) Hundred', leads to more collective cursing and eyebrow raising. However, not all Kolpak deals are the same. And today I'm going to argue that Surrey's Hashim Amla Kolpak signing, which was announced this [...]

30 09, 2019

Fortunate Summer

2019-09-30T13:31:44+00:00September 30th, 2019|Ashes 2019, Talking Points|12 Comments

The county championship season might have finished with a damp squib, but the metaphorical sun shone brightly on English cricket in the summer of 2019. It was an important year - probably the most important year for decades – and it might have finished in disaster had events unfolded differently. Fortunately, however, [...]

18 09, 2019

Evaluating Bayliss: Is 5/10 Fair?

2019-09-18T14:13:20+00:00September 18th, 2019|Talking Points|26 Comments

We need to talk about Trev. As Bayliss waved goodbye to English cricket at the end of The Oval test it suddenly struck me how little we've talked about him over the last four years. We've talked players, we've talked ECB chairmen, we've talked CEOs, we've talked selectors, but Bayliss has been [...]

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