CategoryODIs & T20

Turning The Corner? England’s T20 Spin Dilemma

Today new writer Dan Booth, from the TopBinsBlog, looks at the options behind Adil Rashid in England’s T20 line-up. Is the cupboard really that bare?  In eleven months’ time, the England cricket team will arrive in India for the T20 World Cup. The aim? To go one better than 2016 and bring home a second limited-overs World Cup within just over two years. However, the chance of doing this may rest upon addressing their big issue – spin bowling depth. Adil Rashid is a star in the...

South Africa v England T20 Series Preview

Today new writer Leo McGuinn previews England’s T20 series in South Africa. The three-match series begins on Friday …  It feels like a long time since an international T20 series has meant this much to England. In a T20 driven era, it has been franchise cricket that has come to the fore over the last few years, with the international form of the game taking a backseat. At one point we were over saturated with T20 World Cups, there seemed to be one every few months. Ever since the...

T20: It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way

Today we welcome new writer Richard Willmett to TFT. He has some thoughts on T20 and why, despite its apparent entertainment value, the format could be made so much better … There wasn’t a great deal left by the time COVID had swept through; the pernicious virus couldn’t help itself. Rather than simply being content with killing swathes of the population it sought to compound its horrific physical and economic effects by also attacking some of life’s peripheral distractions, the sort...

Is It Time To (Finally) Embrace The IPL?

Regular readers of this blog will know that I’m not an avid T20 watcher. I enjoy it sometimes but I’m a first class cricket bod first and foremost. However, in these crazy Covid times our cricket watching options have suddenly become rather limited. England wrapped up their home summer schedule on Wednesday, and there won’t be any county cricket next month, so what’s left to look forward to? The answer – although traditionalists won’t want to hear it –...

No Choke This Time? Well batted Australia

So that was the international summer that was. It wasn’t perfect by any means but we should probably be grateful that we saw any live action at all. Massive thanks go to the West Indies, Pakistan and Australia too. We’ve actually seen some pretty good cricket at times even if the atmosphere was a tad surreal. Yesterday’s third and final ODI was a case in point. It oscillated like a classic, records were broken, and the Aussies produced something special to win the game. Kudos...

Australia do an England (again)

Remember the climax of Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade? He finds a room full of goblets and an awful lot of cobwebs. An old knight, who’s allegedly two thousand years old, tells him to drink from one of them. If he’s choses the true Holy Grail then good old Indi gets to save the day and live out the rest of his days with his random love interest. But if he chooses poorly then he dies on the spot, horribly. The Nazis who were hot on his heels go first. They choose the fanciest...

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