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‘Ed’s Gone

So Ed Smith, the man we’ve come to know as Big ‘Ed, is riding into the sunset on his IPL branded golf buggy. Not too many will shed a tear. Apparently some of the players might even be overjoyed. It seems to me, therefore, that things have come full circle (and not without a hint of irony). The man who was the beneficiary of ECB politics when he was appointed – the right sort of tie, personal friend of Andrew Strauss etc – has now fallen foul of ECB politics. Ashley Giles, whose somewhat...

Is Jonny Bairstow Done At Test Level?

Although many people have already made up their mind about England’s second ginger ninja, I’ve received more guest articles about Jonny Bairstow than any other cricketer in recent weeks. Therefore, I suspect this debate hasn’t quite run its course. Here’s Mark Cohen with the case for the defence … The conclusion of England’s mammoth tour of India felt like the end of some dystopian cricketing odyssey. From a personal experience, one of the few bright spots in these...

Chris Woakes: You Don’t Know What You’ve Got Until It’s Gone

Today Michael Wood pays tribute to one of England’s finest, if least exciting, team men of recent times. As our white ball bowlers book their neck massage appointments after getting carted into the stands during the ODIs series, the absence of England’s “Mr Dependable” was painfully obvious to all. Oh how we missed the beautifully boring Chris Woakes to kill the Indians’ fun. I love Chris Woakes but let’s admit it. He’s about as exciting as renewing your car insurance...

Why I just can’t fall in love with T20

Stanley Kubrik subtitled Dr Strangelove, his superb Cold War satire, How I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb. I really wanted to call this article How I learned to stop worrying and love T20 but I just can’t bring myself to do it.  I should be able to. After all, I don’t need sports to go on for days to be able to enjoy them. I am a passionate football and rugby fan, both of which complete an entire encounter before a Test match has even reached lunch on the...

The Ugly Ducklings

Today we welcome 13-year old writer Rahul Palaninathan to TFT. I really like this topic. It’s a tribute to all those understated and underrated finger spinners out there.  The 2005 Ashes. A series that revived a national sport as the squashbuckling English team slew the legendary Australian juggernaut. It will go down in history as one of the greatest contests in the history of sport. The English team was lauded by the whole country for its bravery and prowess but no one’s lives changed...

A England Cricket Coach For The Brexit Era

I wonder if Ashley Giles voted leave or remain? I normally stay clear of politics – and you won’t read anything remotely partisan in this article – but the assertion that the ECB’s managing director always wanted to appoint an English England cricket coach does make one wonder. I bring this up because the debate surrounding Chris Silverwood’s somewhat controversial appointment has confused me. I had expected the debate to focus on England’s batting woes in...

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