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8 03, 2020

The Curious Case Of Keaton Jennings

March 8th, 2020|Player Spotlight|11 Comments

Here's James Ogden with his latest piece on Keaton Jennings, who could be emerging as England's first ever Asia specialist ... When Keaton Jennings was selected for the upcoming winter tour of Sri Lanka, the response was typically, and some would say understandably, negative. Of all the openers tried in the past [...]

4 02, 2020

Mo? No

February 4th, 2020|Player Spotlight|18 Comments

I'm going to hate writing every single word of this article. Why? Because I love Moeen Ali. As a Worcestershire fan I've seen him develop from a promising youngster into a fully fledged international player. And he's great to watch. I've always been a sucker for elegant cricketers. However, no matter how [...]

11 01, 2020

On Ballance

January 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

December 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?

November 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 [...]

31 10, 2019

Goughie Swings In

October 31st, 2019|NZ v Eng 2019, Player Spotlight, Talking Points|5 Comments

Now this is an intriguing development. Chris Silverwood has asked Darren Gough to be England's bowling coach during the tour of New Zealand. At first I thought this was a full time appointment but alas it's just a short-term consultancy role. Goughie is still committed to his media commitments long-term by all [...]

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