CategoryODIs & T20

England Lose Some Cricket Match


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 a T20 against Australia. I have to admit that my heart sank. “Oh hell...

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


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 might beat the current Australian side too – but you can only beat the canary yellow outfit in front of you. England aren’t the...

Tour Officially A Disaster Now


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 by five games to nil, thus ensuring an emphatic super series win … our first down under since Tom...

The 2nd ODI: Australia Have Some Learning To Do


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 were trying to win the Champions Trophy under Giles in 2013, our strategy was to...

Yippee Ki Yay


“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 an excellent England win that shows just how far we’ve come in white ball cricket...

England’s Big Bash Brigade


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 of the usual glitz and drama. Traditionalists won’t want to hear it, but T20 doesn’t always...

Looking Ahead


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 white ball love-in. Traditionalists who like things old school are not going to be impressed. England are set to play...



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 or lose, so I tried to analyse my feelings. Why was I so ambivalent? After all...

Malan Of War


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 a cracking sound and sent the ball sailing into the grandstand several rows back. As far as debuts go, Malan had...

Controversy at Taunton


A few words on yesterday’s T20 down in Somerset. Firstly, what a good game it was! The teams might have been experimenting a bit, and trying new players, but it was quite an intense finish. If only Liam Dawson could have hit that last ball for four. If truth be told, England rather messed this one up. Having bowled well on a decent batting pitch with a small outfield, I expected us to chase...

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