16 11, 2019

Good Prep

2019-11-16T10:53:56+00:00November 16th, 2019|NZ v Eng 2019|4 Comments

One of the reasons why it's so hard to win Test series away from home these days is the ridiculously short period of time touring sides get to prepare. You arrive in the host country, play a couple of scratch sides missing their best players, and then you're straight into the Test [...]

14 11, 2019

Back To Balanced?

2019-11-14T13:12:21+00:00November 14th, 2019|NZ v Eng 2019|19 Comments

Is this tour a new start for England's test team? It's beginning to feel that way. We have a new head coach, who has made some encouraging noises thus far, and better still England are likely to take the field at Mount Maunganui with a balanced XI for the first time in [...]

13 11, 2019

Fluffy Pillow Or Guava Fruit?

2019-11-13T20:02:05+00:00November 13th, 2019|NZ v Eng 2019|7 Comments

After England's run glut on day one of their warm up match at Whangarei it was the bowlers' turn to get stuck in on Wednesday. Unfortunately, however, they got stuck rather than stuck in. It was an all too familiar tale when England travel overseas and the bowlers are handed a Kookaburra [...]

10 11, 2019

Fun In Aukland

2019-11-10T12:04:18+00:00November 10th, 2019|NZ v Eng 2019, ODIs & T20|11 Comments

I had to laugh when I saw the score in the deciding T20 at Aukland. Of course it was going to end in a tie. The only surprise was that the super over managed to produce a clear winner this time. One wonders what might've happened had the super over ended all [...]

8 11, 2019

Dangerous Dawid

2019-11-08T10:31:33+00:00November 8th, 2019|NZ v Eng 2019, ODIs & T20|12 Comments

Nicely done lads. England levelled the T20 series in New Zealand this morning with a brilliant performance that must have left the Kiwis feeling shellshocked. When I turned on the TV and saw that we'd set the hosts 242 to win my eyes almost popped out of their head. It was the [...]

27 10, 2019

Jonny On A Mission

2019-10-27T08:42:48+00:00October 27th, 2019|NZ v Eng 2019, World T20 2020|13 Comments

He's got fire in his eyes. He plays for Welsh Fire. And he's got the fieriest temperament this side of hell. Every time England drop Jonny Bairstow, or someone has the temerity to tacitly question his talent, he responds by scoring runs. Big tetchy runs. It was the same again in Lincoln [...]

14 10, 2019

England’s Top 6 For New Zealand

2019-10-17T10:34:57+00:00October 14th, 2019|NZ v Eng 2019|13 Comments

England's white ball cricketers fly off to New Zealand in two weeks' time. This means that Joe Denly, the only player in the T20 squad who played in the 5th Ashes test, only had approximately five weeks off before the international treadmill started again. I hope he enjoyed that brief time with [...]