3 11, 2015

Sharjah Binks – Day Three in Sharjah

2015-11-03T15:30:49+00:00November 3rd, 2015|News, PakvEng2015|3 Comments

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 [...]

30 10, 2015

The return of Caesar’s wife

2015-10-30T17:37:42+00:00October 30th, 2015|News, PakvEng2015|72 Comments

It was Tregaskis who kicked it all off. https://twitter.com/Tregaskis1/status/659746123993751552 Then came the replies. https://twitter.com/JohnSunCricket/status/659750708896473088 I couldn't resist adding my three penn'orth. https://twitter.com/MaxieAllen/status/660018469610627072 To which came the responses (one of which was surprisingly testy): https://twitter.com/JohnSunCricket/status/660027699717632000 I defended with a very straight bat: https://twitter.com/the_topspin/status/660057424271958016 It's a shame that both Lawrence and John appear to [...]

28 10, 2015

The Race to 3,000: Why Joe Root is Our Best Young Player in Living Memory

2015-10-29T18:38:42+00:00October 28th, 2015|News, PakvEng2015|54 Comments

Excuse the somewhat hyperbolic headline. I’m sure that players like Ken Barrington and Dennis Compton were absolutely immense. I mean no disrespect. The problem for me is that these players were strutting their stuff in cream flannels long before my time. They’re relics from a past era. Even Geoff Boycott’s career seems [...]

24 10, 2015

Slight Problem – Day 3 in Dubai

2015-10-24T14:26:38+00:00October 24th, 2015|News, PakvEng2015|21 Comments

That’ll teach me. Yesterday I was full of optimism. The bowlers had done remarkably well and the batsmen – led by the two mailmen – had put England in a strong position. I should’ve known calamity would follow. That’s what supporting the bloody England cricket team is all about. I know it’s [...]

23 10, 2015

Game On – Day Two in Dubai

2015-10-23T14:52:01+00:00October 23rd, 2015|News, PakvEng2015|10 Comments

I’m happy to report the following news: this test match is alive. After a dour first test and a slightly anticlimactic first day in Dubai, today’s play was actually quite watchable. The bowlers managed to extract a little more life out of the slow surface, and the batsmen didn’t have everything their [...]

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