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The Ben Stokes Supremacy

He might not have the martial arts skills of Jason Bourne – not to my knowledge anyway – but England’s premier all rounder is certainly a wanted man right now. He’s dangerous. He’s gifted. He’s angry. And nothing can stand in his way … except for locker doors of course.…

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Younus and Us

Younus Khan’s retirement after Pakistan’s series against the Windies will see one of the last true greats of the last 20-years, and perhaps the most undervalued and underrated, finally leave the game. Pakistan’s leading Test run-scorer is rarely mentioned in the company of other legends – which is both surprising and…

Eoin Morgan’s Bum Deal

Today Jack Mendel continues our build up to Ireland’s ODIs in England this summer with a robust defence of Eoin Morgan, the man set to lead his adopted country against his native one in May. I’d also like to tell you about the above video of comedian Dara O’Briain commentating on the…

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Broad Would Be England’s First Australian Captain

Here’s Jack Mendel with some interesting thoughts on Stuart Broad’s candidacy. Thanks go to our friends at The Diary of The 17th Man for the image above. We’ve resurrected it from a piece Jeremy Pooley wrote for us a while back.  Following the resignation of Alastair Cook, the possibility of Stuart…

Cook (Finally) Resigns As Test Captain

After being given the luxury of six weeks to decide his future, Alastair Cook has finally decided that he has no future … as captain at least. He announced today that he’s stepping down from the role. Giving in to his critics can’t have been easy but it’s undoubtedly the…

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Alastair Cook: A Protected Species?

English cricket’s critics have often claimed that the ECB is too cosy. There’s a perception the board is elitist, somewhat insular, and operates a bit like an old boys’ club. Whilst this might be something of an exaggeration, the ECB sure seem to like their favourites. If your face fits, and you don’t…

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Is Chef Temporarily Frazzled Or Done?

Trevor Bayliss has been England’s coach since July 2015. Since then we’ve played 25 tests with a generally attacking (or perhaps we should say ‘positive’) approach. Although results have been a little mixed, our players tend to play their best cricket on the front foot. Even Alastair Cook played in a relatively carefree way…

About Gary Ballance, Batting and Toffee

“You can’t bat for toffee” a South African gentleman once told me in a club cricket match. At least I think it was toffee. The mind is apt to play tricks, so it may have been some other kind of confectionary or maybe not confectionary at all, and something altogether…

Alastair Cook: Better Than Tendulkar Or Worse Than Mark Butcher?

He has just become the first Englishman to score ten thousand test runs, but the affection many English cricket supporters feel for Alastair Cook can’t be measured by statistics alone. He’s a middle-class hero, the embodiment of all that is quintessentially English: tough but unassuming, resilient but always polite, handsome…

James Taylor Forced To Retire

This is so sad. James Taylor, one of the best young batsmen in England (in all formats), has been forced to retire at just 26 years of age. He missed Notts’ recent game against MCCU with what doctors initially thought was a virus, but tests have revealed a much more sinister…

Time For Eoin Morgan To Stand Down

Now that the dust has settled on our dramatic World T20 campaign, it’s time to look ahead once more. There’s no doubt that the team has made really good progress in both T20 and ODI cricket over the last year, which is partially why Trevor Bayliss was appointed in the…

RIP Martin Crowe

Sad news today. Martin Crowe, who was one of the best batsmen I’ve ever seen, has passed away. Everyone knew he was terminally ill but it’s still very, very sad. As someone who fell in love with cricket in the late 1980s, when Crowe was at his peak of his powers, I’ve always had…

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