CategoryPakvEng2015

The Friday Fish Finger

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Quite a lot has happened this week. There’s been some on-field developments, with England thrashing Pakistan in the first ODI, plus some significant individual performances in the county championship too. There’s also a couple of off-field talking points we should sink our teeth into as well. We’ll start with England’s win at the Rose Bowl. Basically England were too good...

Super Chris

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“Oh heavens, not Jordan”. That was my initial reaction when Eoin Morgan tossed him the ball as England took the field for Pakistan’s super over. I’m not a Jordan fan. Never have been really. But despite having the worst bowling figures of any England bowler during the match, Super Chris was absolutely super in the super over. He performed like Superman. They key to Jordan’s success was a...

Plunkett Proves His Point

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Is Alastair Cook the most undervalued cricketer in England? No. I’m going to say it’s Liam Plunkett. He’s probably the fastest bowler in the country, with the possible exception of Mark Wood, yet he’s not even going to South Africa. At least Cook is on the plane. Yesterday showed just how upset Plunkett is. He steamed in, snarled, and let the ball rip. His 3-21 off 4 overs would have...

Buttler Pops the Corks

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This new England ODI side never ceases to amaze me. Every time I try to lower expectations, and keep things in perspective, they pull their pants down and give me the big moon. How on earth is a cynical supporter, who has become accustomed to false dawns over the years, expected to interpret all this? It doesn’t compute. England batted brilliantly today. The bowlers weren’t quite so hot, but they...

Hales Make EMS Eat Its Words

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Just a few words on yesterday’s ODI. I’m feeling a little crook today (the combination of a tummy upset and sinusitis isn’t pleasant) so I’ll keep it brief. Yesterday’s win in the cricket was absolutely superb. It was most unexpected too – at least from my perspective. Whereas our openers were a liability in the first match, they all but won the game yesterday...

England’s Reality Check

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Just a few quick thoughts about yesterday’s ODI. I won’t go into too much detail because I imagine most of the games will follow a similar pattern. I’ll be repeating myself before I know it. Essential the game went exactly as many of us had anticipated. Just call me Mystic Morgan. I didn’t quite expect England to sink to 14-3 – that’s bad even for us –...

Reasons To Be Fearful: Why England Will Lose the ODIs To Pakistan

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Playing ODIs at the end of test series is a bit like having foreplay after sex. Just as you’re ready to go to sleep after the main event, you’ve got some fiddly business to attend to. ODIs were so much more satisfying when they served as the warm-up to the test series. Heaven knows why they swapped them around. However, while the prospect of an ODI series in the UAE is usually about as thrilling...

That Was the Tour That Was

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And a very warm welcome to my first guest post for Eat My Sports! Thanks for dropping by. It’s quite an interesting experience, actually – returning to the backbenches after so many years at the despatch box on The Full Toss. Once lord of the manor, I am now a mere footman. Thankfully, James has allowed me in through the servants’ entrance with a delivery of miscellaneous...

Hope in Despair? Day Five at Sharjah

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Well, we all knew it was coming. Most of us knew it was coming from the moment the tour was announced. England just weren’t good enough. There’s no point sugar coating it. The saving grace, however, is that few teams are good enough to compete with Pakistan in the UAE. Losing to this opposition, in these conditions, is no disgrace. Pakistan duly wrapped up their series win this morning in...

Up the Creek – Day Four in Sharjah

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A game that promised so much now looks to be slipping away. Try as we might, the paucity of English spin bowling and our batsmen’s inability to play the turning ball has been our Achilles heel. I suppose it was inevitable really. We needed early wickets to compete on day four but they never arrived. Jimmy made one early breakthrough but we needed three or four. Broad also bowled well but our...

Sharjah Binks – Day Three in Sharjah

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Scrap yesterday’s report. Today didn’t follow the script. Perhaps we should have known. Pakistan played brilliantly today and probably have their noses in front at the end of day three. What a shame. I really thought a lead of 120ish was possible. Taylor and Bairstow had looked so good on Monday. But all our optimism was wiped away by a flurry of wickets this morning. It was like watching Jar Jar...

The Mighty Atom – Day Two in Sharjah

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You know what? We might actually win this test. We’re in a great position: just twelve runs behind with six wickets in hand. I don’t think many people expected us to compete so well at Sharjah. The really pleasing thing is that different batsmen have finally stood up to the plate. It wasn’t Root or even Cook that got us into this position (although the latter took the shine off the new ball) it...

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