11 01, 2020

On Ballance

2020-01-11T20:38:42+00:00January 11th, 2020|Player Spotlight|23 Comments

How many England qualified batsmen average better than 47 in first class cricket with 40 centuries and 51 fifties - a conversation rate that would make Joe Root turn an Elphaba shade of green with envy? I'll tell you how many. None. And how many England qualified batsmen with four test centuries [...]

16 12, 2019

Stoked For Ben

2019-12-16T13:55:02+00:00December 16th, 2019|Player Spotlight|6 Comments

Ben Stokes we salute you. But not in the same way that Marlon Samuels used to do. It wasn't long ago that England's leading all-rounder was talented but highly volatile. He was cricketing marmite. He made headlines on the field but also attracted attention for all the wrong reasons. And then he [...]

18 11, 2019

Buttler, Bairstow, Or Foakes?

2019-11-18T18:53:06+00:00November 18th, 2019|Player Spotlight|23 Comments

Arguably the biggest story from England's winning draw against New Zealand A at Whangarei was the performance of Jos Buttler. He kept well by all accounts and scored vital runs when the team needed it. Jos's 110 was just his second first class hundred since 2015. The other one came in August [...]

27 09, 2019

Well Batted, Marcus Trescothick

2019-09-27T15:56:27+00:00September 27th, 2019|Player Spotlight|13 Comments

It wasn't quite the fairytale that Marcus Trescothick had envisaged. Rained ruined the county championship finale at Taunton and cruelly denied Somerset the chance to win their first ever county championship title. They had to accept second place, for the sixth time this century, as Essex walked away with their second title [...]

20 09, 2019

Opening Up About Dominic Sibley

2019-10-04T17:10:00+00:00September 20th, 2019|Player Spotlight|10 Comments

After scoring a double hundred and a hundred in the same championship match this week, Dominic Sibley is the name on most people's lips as Ed Smith gets ready to name his tour party for New Zealand. New writer David Wyatt thinks Sibley has what it takes to succeed at test level. [...]

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