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 [...]

29 01, 2018

England’s 4-1 Win Is 2010/11 In Reverse

2018-01-29T12:52:54+00:00 January 29th, 2018|ODIs & T20|17 Comments

It’s a nice feeling to beat Australia 4-1 in their own backyard. I remember a time in the 90s when we were well beaten by Australia A so I’ll definitely take this emphatic win. Obviously the depth in Aussie cricket was immense in those dark days – I reckon their A side [...]

26 01, 2018

Tour Officially A Disaster Now

2018-01-26T13:18:03+00:00 January 26th, 2018|ODIs & T20|15 Comments

And it was all going so well. Although we lost the warm up to this ODI series, otherwise know as 'The Ashes', by four games to nil, the main event was going swimmingly. Our white ball heroes had been in dominant form and looked set to whitewash the beleaguered and hapless Aussies [...]

19 01, 2018

The 2nd ODI: Australia Have Some Learning To Do

2018-01-19T17:05:39+00:00 January 19th, 2018|ODIs & T20|43 Comments

Today's ODI interested me because the Aussie commentators, not to mention Steve Smith after Melbourne, sounded a bit like England under Ashley Giles and Peter Moores. They still seem to think that 280 is a pretty competitive score in ODIs. Hey guys, I've got some news for you. It's not. When England [...]

15 01, 2018

Yippee Ki Yay

2018-01-15T12:08:14+00:00 January 15th, 2018|ODIs & T20|35 Comments

"Just call me Roy". What an amazing innings. Jason Roy was simply superb at the MCG yesterday. He bludgeoned his way to the highest ever ODI score by an England player - beating the record recently set by Alex Hales - and simultaneously silenced his critics as a result. It led to [...]

12 01, 2018

England’s Big Bash Brigade

2018-01-12T14:58:08+00:00 January 12th, 2018|ODIs & T20|18 Comments

The Ashes was a real shame, and it wasn’t just the result that rankled. The games were a tad dull and the lifeless pitches produced attritional cricket that generally failed to sparkle. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the best advertisement for test cricket. The Big Bash 2017, on the other hand, has been full [...]

30 12, 2017

Looking Ahead

2017-12-30T12:02:18+00:00 December 30th, 2017|ODIs & T20|3 Comments

Have you seen the fixture list? With the MCG test in the books, England only have one more first class international game (the fifth Ashes test at Sydney) this winter. I suggest you enjoy the red ball cricket while it lasts, because the next three months are going to be one giant [...]

19 09, 2017

Yawn

2017-09-26T09:16:52+00:00 September 19th, 2017|ODIs & T20|26 Comments

I had an epiphany while watching England's T20 the other day. I suddenly realised that I didn't care who won. This might sound blasphemous to many - most hardcore supporters care about every single result - but I couldn't help how I felt. Normally I care a great deal whether England win [...]

26 06, 2017

Malan Of War

2017-06-26T11:27:37+00:00 June 26th, 2017|ODIs & T20|4 Comments

You've got to love it when someone hits a beautiful boundary to score their very first international runs. David Gower did it over 30 years ago, and now another elegant left- hander, Dawid Malan, has done it again. And what a superb shot it was too - a classy pull that made [...]

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