31 07, 2017

Mo’s Perfect Finish

2017-07-31T16:56:21+00:00 July 31st, 2017|Eng v SA 2017|11 Comments

One man went to Mo. And then another. And then another. What a fantastic way to end a test match: the first hat-trick at The Oval in 100 tests. And, more importantly, a resounding England win. In fact, 'resounding' probably doesn't cut it. I'm going to go with 'absolute whopping' instead. If [...]

28 07, 2017

Rock ‘n’ Roland-Jones

2017-07-28T19:07:14+00:00 July 28th, 2017|Eng v SA 2017|13 Comments

English cricket has a new hero. He doesn't have cool hair, he doesn't have designer stubble, and he's more Angus Fraser than Brendan Fraser, but who cares when you take 4-20 in 7 overs in your first spell in test cricket? Apparently playing for England is a piece of piss after all. [...]

16 07, 2017

Batsmen Blow It Again

2017-07-16T09:36:40+00:00 July 16th, 2017|Eng v SA 2017|31 Comments

I watched most of day 2 on TV. But I popped on TMS for a few mins in the afternoon when I got the car cleaned. I was lucky enough to hear Geoffrey Boycott off his long run. "The England batsmen were awful. Dreadful. They basically lost the game in 4 hours". [...]

15 07, 2017

Trent Bridge

2017-07-15T08:56:16+00:00 July 15th, 2017|Eng v SA 2017|2 Comments

What a fantastic day. It was test cricket as it should be: movement early on, changes in overhead conditions, quality bowling, brilliant batting, an even contest, and real tension. It made a really refreshing change after a summer of white ball mayhem. The afternoon session was possibly the most engrossing cricket of [...]

10 07, 2017

Mo’s The Man

2017-07-10T13:03:52+00:00 July 10th, 2017|Eng v SA 2017|28 Comments

He's not Graeme Swann. Hell, he's not even Peter Such. But Moeen Ali is a complete dude. He bowled beautifully in both innings at Lord's and richly deserved his man of the match award. England might not have won without him. When Mo was first selected by England three years ago - [...]

7 07, 2017

The Lord’s Test

2017-07-07T08:48:09+00:00 July 7th, 2017|Eng v SA 2017|13 Comments

His voice was hoarse. His nose was running. And he was wearing a jumper in temperatures touching 30 degrees. But none of this stopped Joe Root from securing national hero status on day one. It wasn't Root's best innings for England. He was understandably a bit loose early on, and should have [...]

5 07, 2017

England Should Beat South Africa. Just.

2017-07-05T14:25:19+00:00 July 5th, 2017|Eng v SA 2017|18 Comments

Test cricket is back. Thank heavens for that. Has anyone else found the cut and thrust of white ball cricket exhausting? I’m done with eight or ten runs per over. I’m craving something sedate and sophisticated. And I don’t particularly care if it’s slow bordering on the soporific. I want every boundary [...]