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 [...]

2 11, 2015

The Mighty Atom – Day Two in Sharjah

2015-11-02T16:07:07+00:00November 2nd, 2015|News, PakvEng2015|11 Comments

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 [...]

1 11, 2015

England Pull A Surprise – Day 1 in Sharjah

2015-11-01T09:48:55+00:00November 1st, 2015|News, PakvEng2015|11 Comments

Well that was unexpected. Just as one of the nation’s best known cricket journalists suggests that England should go into the 5th test with five seamers, the management pick three spinners instead – two of whom are probably best seen as part-timers. Hmmmm. I was a little surprised by England’s team selection. [...]

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 [...]

26 10, 2015

Thirty Nine Balls Away – Agony in Dubai

2015-10-26T16:03:43+00:00October 26th, 2015|News, PakvEng2015|29 Comments

Six and a half overs. Thirty-nine balls. That’s how close we were to saving the second test. Defeat is obviously disappointing, and questions remain over the composition of the side, but it was extremely heartening to see our lower order take the game to the wire. The lads played well today. Well [...]

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 [...]

22 10, 2015

Not So Smokin’ – Day One in Dubai

2015-10-22T17:20:34+00:00October 22nd, 2015|News, PakvEng2015|14 Comments

I knew that grass was illegal in Dubai – a poor Brit was once jailed for having a microscopic grain of cannabis on the tread of his shoe – but this is getting ridiculous now. This pitch was supposed to have a bit more life. Did you see any evidence of that? [...]

20 10, 2015

It’s Oil About Dubai – The 2nd Test

2015-10-20T09:36:39+00:00October 20th, 2015|News, PakvEng2015|16 Comments

The Abu Dhabi test might have been tediously boring for four and a half days, but it’s set the series up rather nicely. Although we're frustrated England couldn’t quite force a win, deep down the team will be delighted with a draw. It’s the first time we’ve avoided defeat in the UAE, and one [...]

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