27 02, 2019

The Wednesday Wensleydale

2019-02-27T18:19:32+00:00February 27th, 2019|Talking Points|21 Comments

Afternoon all. And welcome to the latest edition of the Wednesday Wensleydale - the weekly roundup that's mature, tasty, and tends to crumble on close analysis. We've chosen a Yorkshire cheese because the white rose county are very much in the news this week. They've signed 26 year old South Africa paceman [...]

18 02, 2019

Farbrace Off, Conspiracy Theories Circulate

2019-02-18T12:13:07+00:00February 18th, 2019|Talking Points|14 Comments

Everybody panic! Paul Farbrace, the coach who was so integral in national triumphs such as the 2015 World Cup and the 2016/17 Ashes, has decided to leave England and join Warwickshire ahead of the seminal / life defining white ball tournament being held in England this summer. How will we cope?! Apparently [...]

5 02, 2019

Selection Matters

2019-02-05T16:57:53+00:00February 5th, 2019|Talking Points|16 Comments

Today we have a guest post from Gareth Fitzgerald. You won't be surprised to learn that I'm quite sympathetic to his views. It's a relief to know that I'm not howling into the wind alone ... Last November Rob Smyth from the Guardian wrote a piece lauding the selection merits of Ed [...]

15 01, 2019

That ECB Strategy Document Translated

2019-01-18T10:02:26+00:00January 15th, 2019|Talking Points|43 Comments

It’s time to “come together” for the greater good. It’s time to rally behind a plan - the only plan on the table. Sounds like Theresa May’s Brexit pitch doesn’t it? But actually this was pretty much the message conveyed by the gruesome twosome, Tom Harrison and Colin Graves, as the ECB [...]

24 12, 2018

The Year That Was, And The Year(s) Ahead

2018-12-24T19:42:27+00:00December 24th, 2018|Talking Points|57 Comments

Progress. I guess that's the word people will use to describe 2018. Our ODI team continues to blossom, and our test team has finally shown signs of life too. The year started badly with a 0-4 drubbing in Australia, and an unsatisfying 1-1 draw at home to Pakistan. However, things improved thereafter [...]

15 12, 2018

Giles Appointment Is ECB All Over

2018-12-15T14:42:58+00:00December 15th, 2018|Talking Points|24 Comments

Ashley Giles won't be a bad Director of English Cricket. He's competent. He's a good bloke. He's a safe pair of hands. But I doubt he'll be an excellent appointment either. Words like 'competent' and 'safe' could easily be replaced by 'conservative' and 'unimaginative'. However, I'd like to chose a completely different [...]

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