3 04, 2017

The Monday Masala

2017-04-03T15:23:49+00:00April 3rd, 2017|News|31 Comments

Afternoon all. I trust you had a pleasant weekend. Mine was spent cutting the lawn and making several trips to the tip. So yeah, not the best couple of days but at least the sun was shining. Anyway, let's get down to business. The first item on the agenda is Jimmy Anderson, who made some [...]

17 03, 2017

The Friday Flapjack

2017-03-17T12:55:09+00:00March 17th, 2017|News, Talking Points|9 Comments

If you like oats, butter, sugar, golden syrup, and lashings of cricket, you've come to the right place. It's time for The Friday Flapjack - a round up of all the latest cricket news. I think you'll find it a worthy successor to other TFT end-of-the-week summary classics such as The Friday Fried [...]

10 03, 2017

Candy. Baby.

2017-03-10T09:25:45+00:00March 10th, 2017|Champions Trophy 2017, News|25 Comments

When England win an ODI by the ridiculously emphatic margin of 186 runs, I guess we should all be happy. Back in the 1980s our batsmen rarely scored 186 across two innings of a test match against the Windies .... well, maybe we weren't quite that bad, but you get my point. When England [...]

27 02, 2017

What On Earth Happened in Pune?

2017-02-27T13:29:34+00:00February 27th, 2017|News|17 Comments

I take it you all heard about Australia's unexpected win against India last week? It wasn't what we expected and certainly not what I'd personally hoped for. Although I'm tempted to call it a fluke - simply because it's against my nature to offer our antipodean cousins any credit whatsoever - we should probably [...]

13 02, 2017

Root Named Test Captain

2017-02-13T12:56:33+00:00February 13th, 2017|News|11 Comments

As if we needed any proof that Andrew Strauss reads this blog religiously, England's MD has just announced that Joe Root will be the new test captain ... literally an hour after we published Jack Mendel's piece endorsing Stuart Broad. Thanks for that Andrew. I'm glad you took one week, rather than three, to make [...]

8 02, 2017

Cook Blames ECB For Pietersen Debacle

2017-02-08T18:57:55+00:00February 8th, 2017|News, Talking Points|127 Comments

We've waited almost three years for this. And I can only applaud Alastair Cook, now free of the captaincy, for finally having his say on the ECB's handling of the Kevin Pietersen debacle. Better late than never eh. Although some won't be prepared to take Cook at his word, I personally believe [...]

26 12, 2016

Happy Proper Crimbo

2016-12-26T19:18:59+00:00December 26th, 2016|News|20 Comments

Hi folks. I quickly wanted to wish all our readers, commenters and guest writers a very merry Christmas. My advice is simple: forget India, look forward to the upcoming ODIs (when we might actually win a game), eat as much as possible, and drink your own body weight in brandy. The last of these helps [...]

20 12, 2016

England Wave The White Flag

2016-12-20T18:05:03+00:00December 20th, 2016|Ind v Eng 2016, News, Test Cricket|43 Comments

The late 1980s and 1990s were known for their catastrophes. England supporters all knew the score: we’d collapse more often than not and show less backbone than a raspberry jelly. However, things got a little better when central contracts were introduced. Duncan Fletcher and Nasser Hussain provided stability and resilience; Michael Vaughan [...]

12 12, 2016

Alastair Cook: Back Or Sack?

2016-12-12T15:33:58+00:00December 12th, 2016|Ind v Eng 2016, News, Talking Points|56 Comments

Well that was hugely unpleasant. Before this game everyone said that first innings runs was England’s problem. This time we scored 400 in the first dig and still lost comprehensively. I guess our only weak spots are batting, bowling and fielding. Other than that we’re bloody brilliant. After Sunday’s Kohli and Ashwin [...]

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