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A Succession of Failures

There is a little bit of sadomasochism in all of us. The feeling that something is going to do us harm, but doing it anyway. That feeling of knowing we should look away, but simply can’t. We often find pleasure in the most excruciating of ways. A morbid curiosity which trumps all reason.  My festive viewing this year has largely been twofold. Catching the last carriage on the Succession bandwagon, by watching a few episodes each evening in the bleak midwinter hours before the Ashes...

Cut and Paste

So another Ashes tour ends in disaster. Anyone who’s been paying attention saw it coming a mile off. Consequently, rather than howling into the wind yet again, and writing a new blog, I thought I’d simply cut and paste what I wrote three years ago after our last humiliation down under. It’s amazing how absolutely nothing has changed. In fact, this archived blog is exactly what I need to say again. What a depressing place English cricket has been since 2013.  It’s finally all over. Thanks...

Multicultural Lions: The Pioneers

For a sport consumed by a desperately sad race scandal, it’s easy to forget the outstanding contribution that black and Asian players have made to England’s test side. In light of recent events their achievements seem all the more remarkable given the routine provocation they must have faced. To wear three lions on their chest should be the pinnacle for any English cricketer. But how much harder must it have been for the pioneers – the multi-cultural lions who first broke down the...

This isn’t the nadir yet. But it’s fast approaching.

Well, it’s safe to say that Adelaide didn’t exactly go to plan. England got everything wrong. We bowled too short (despite possessing two experienced bowlers with over a thousand Test wickets), we batted poorly, we caught poorly, and we selected very poorly. It was pretty much a typical England Test performance.  So where does the post mortem begin? There has been much gnashing of teeth over Chris Silverwood and Joe Root’s strategy – and quite rightly so – but in the end we probably would...

Fooled Again

I have a confession. Like most of us, I was suckered in by the various predictions and previews in the weeks before Brisbane. Fatalism and optimism seem mutually inclusive for followers of the England cricket team. We know the circumstances are stacked against them these days, but still believe victory can somehow be pulled out of the fire. Why else was the English Cricket’s social media team pumping out the footage of Ben Stokes’ match-winning Headingley...

Stupid. Just Stupid.

Wow. So where do we start? Do I reiterate, for the hundredth time, that Chris Silverwood (who is the most powerful head coach England have had since Ray Illingworth) seems out of his depth, or do I simply blame the ECB for giving him a dud hand? It’s a toss up. This time, however, I think I’ll focus on the former. Although it’s true that nobody can turn a pig’s ear into a silk purse, it’s also true that the best managers can turn inadequate materials into something vaguely workable. It takes a...

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