18 07, 2018

Cakewalk

2018-07-18T09:47:59+00:00 July 18th, 2018|Eng v Ind 2018, ODIs & T20|17 Comments

Yesterday's intriguing decider at Headlingley was a complete letdown if you're a neutral. Fortunately, I'm about as neutral as Fox News. Therefore the fact the decider proved to be a cross between a walk in the park and a piece of cake (hence the title above) was extremely sweet ... a bit [...]

16 07, 2018

The Decider

2018-07-16T11:21:25+00:00 July 16th, 2018|Eng v Ind 2018, ODIs & T20|13 Comments

It was great to see England bounce back at Lord's in the ODI series. The defeat at Trent Bridge was a bad one. A chastening one. And it was made worse by the fact that everyone predicted we'd struggle against leg-spin. I thought Kuldeep would prove a handful but 6-25? Wow. That [...]

25 06, 2018

5-0

2018-06-25T10:02:40+00:00 June 25th, 2018|ODIs & T20|11 Comments

What a weekend for English sport. The football team won 6-1 at the World Cup, the rugby team finally found a way to beat South Africa, and our ODI cricket side pinched a remarkable victory from the jaws of what would've been a completely inept defeat. And it was all thanks to [...]

22 06, 2018

Plodders And Pies

2018-06-22T11:25:16+00:00 June 22nd, 2018|ODIs & T20|22 Comments

Back in the late 80s, I think it was 1989 to be exact, a famous Aussie journalist referred to England's bowlers as "pie-chuckers". It was the first time I'd heard this remarkably effective insult. It seemed so apt. The Aussies had bowlers like Merv Hughes, a cricketing psychopath who bristled with aggression. [...]

20 06, 2018

Carnage

2018-06-20T09:20:19+00:00 June 20th, 2018|ODIs & T20|27 Comments

So how's the new job working out, Mr Langer? England scored a world record 481-6 in 50 overs against Australia at Trent Bridge yesterday. Yep, that's four hundred and eighty one runs in just one white ball innings. It was absolute carnage as Roy, Bairstow, Hales, and Morgan destroyed an Australian bowling [...]

11 06, 2018

Power of Scotland

2018-06-11T09:50:06+00:00 June 11th, 2018|ODIs & T20|40 Comments

Remember when we used to laugh off our ODI humiliations by saying "well, we don't really take white ball cricket seriously ... it's the Test team that counts"? Scotland humiliated England in Edinburgh yesterday. We were the world's No.1 ranked ODI side. Scotland hadn't even qualified for the next World Cup. Yet [...]

7 03, 2018

ICC Hears Test Cricket’s SOS

2018-03-07T10:33:35+00:00 March 7th, 2018|ODIs & T20, Talking Points|25 Comments

There was a fantastic ODI in Dunedin overnight. England scored 335 on a small ground (which was slightly better than par imho), and New Zealand chased it down thanks to Ross Taylor's sublime 181*. He's not bad that Taylor. However, it would certainly help if England could find a world class bowler [...]

7 02, 2018

England Lose Some Cricket Match

2018-02-07T14:56:39+00:00 February 7th, 2018|ODIs & T20|21 Comments

When I sat down at my desk this morning, I briefly checked Cricinfo to see if anything interesting had happened in the cricket world. Maybe Giles Clarke had decided to identify as a woman after being deeply moved by yesterdays Suffragette celebrations? What I found was considerably less interesting. England were playing [...]

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