11 07, 2019

World Cup Final Here We Come

2019-07-11T17:09:28+00:00July 11th, 2019|ODIs & T20, World Cup 2019|38 Comments

I won’t ask you to boot up your phone and laptop cameras, but I wish you could see the beaming smile etched across my face. There’s nothing better than destroying / obliterating / absolutely tanking the Aussies, and to do it in a World Cup semi final is all the sweeter. England [...]

1 07, 2019

Still Alive

2019-07-18T16:52:35+00:00July 1st, 2019|ODIs & T20, World Cup 2019|49 Comments

What a weekend of cricket. I'll start by quickly mentioning the Pakistan and Afghanistan contest, which was one of the best ODIs I've seen in ages. Although I feel desperately sad for Afghanistan, who really should have won, I tip my hat to Pakistan's middle and late-order. It was some comeback. The [...]

21 06, 2019

Mathews Sticks It To Us

2019-06-21T20:37:55+00:00June 21st, 2019|ODIs & T20, World Cup 2019|29 Comments

We should have known better. I should have known better. When Sri Lanka were meandering along at 4 runs per over in the 40th over of their innings, puzzled looks were exchanged, and predictable jokes were made. Nick Hoult of the Telegraph thanked Angelo Mathews for showing him what an ODI in [...]

19 06, 2019

Sixy Beasts

2019-06-21T19:11:52+00:00June 19th, 2019|ODIs & T20, World Cup 2019|18 Comments

Yesterday went pretty much as expected really. England were far too good for Afghanistan, it was always going to be thus, and the result was never in any doubt whatsoever. One could possibly argue that England's innings started a tad slowly, but we were never really under pressure, and I doubt the [...]

30 05, 2019

Promising

2019-05-31T08:01:05+00:00May 30th, 2019|ODIs & T20, World Cup 2019|26 Comments

We didn’t freeze. We didn’t choke. Eoin Morgan’s men started their World Cup campaign with a bang. And this time, unlike previous World Cups, it wasn’t the bang of a metaphorical tire blowing up or the whole engine combusting, it was the bang of boundaries flying off Ben Stokes’s bat, and the [...]

12 05, 2019

Bonkers

2019-05-12T10:45:08+00:00May 12th, 2019|ODIs & T20, Talking Points|31 Comments

Yesterday's game at the Rose Bowl would've made the authorities purr. It was made to order. England batted first and registered a hefty 373-3 - with golden boy Jos Buttler scoring an extraordinary 110 off just 55 balls - and then Pakistan put up a very respectable fight but eventually fell 12 [...]

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