30 06, 2017

The Beeb Is Back – But Is It Enough?

2017-06-30T16:50:24+00:00June 30th, 2017|News, Talking Points|24 Comments

1.1 billion fat ones. That's what the ECB have just secured for English cricket's broadcasting rights. Everyone thought the DUP got a good deal from Theresa May, but Harrison and Graves have just walked off with a hundred million quid more. And where's the bulk of this money come from? It's from [...]

28 04, 2017

Let’s Talk Turkey

2017-04-28T13:05:16+00:00April 28th, 2017|News, Talking Points|13 Comments

So what's been in the news over the last couple of days? Although there hasn't been too much on-field action to discuss, there have been two huge off-field developments - one very good news and the second, well, let's just say it's good news if you're a huge admirer of Tom Harrison and don't really [...]

5 04, 2017

Eoin Morgan’s Bum Deal

2017-04-05T13:02:10+00:00April 5th, 2017|News, Player Spotlight|16 Comments

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sYy_prNzHo Today Jack Mendel continues our build up to Ireland's ODIs in England this summer with a robust defence of Eoin Morgan, the man set to lead his adopted country against his native one in May. I'd also like to tell you about the above video of comedian Dara O'Briain commentating on [...]

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 [...]

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