5 02, 2020

Oh Well

February 5th, 2020|SA v ENG 19/20|13 Comments

‘Oh well’. It’s funny how reactions to ODI defeats are so much milder than Test disasters. Had this been a 5-day game we’d probably all be calling for blood. ‘Useless twonks’ etc. This is nothing new, of course. ODIs outside of World Cups don’t really matter much. The players might whisper it [...]

29 01, 2020

Stick Or Twist: Post-South Africa Edition

January 29th, 2020|SA v ENG 19/20|39 Comments

The score 3-1 has a lovely ring to it. It says 'decisive' and it says 'comfortable'. However, whilst some England players have cemented their places for the foreseeable future - which in English cricketing parlance simply means 'the next series' - others will be feeling distinctly uncomfortable. Jos Buttler, for example, will [...]

27 01, 2020

Job Done

January 27th, 2020|SA v ENG 19/20, Test Cricket|35 Comments

So that was that. England wrapped up victory on day 4 at The Wanderers with consummate ease. There was no dramatic "they think it's all over" moment because this series was effectively won at Port Elizabeth. However, England still needed to apply the finishing touches in Johannesburg, and we did so in [...]

25 01, 2020

The Knockout Blow

January 25th, 2020|SA v ENG 19/20, Test Cricket|31 Comments

If this was a boxing match, the ref might well have stopped the contest at Port Elizabeth. After all, this series stopped being just that - a contest - quite a long time ago. However, the struggling side gets no such respite in cricket. There's a duty to fulfil the fixtures. And [...]

21 01, 2020

Strong England Or Weak South Africa?

January 21st, 2020|SA v ENG 19/20, Test Cricket|18 Comments

Professional sportsmen can't win sometimes. If they lose they're losers. And if they win it's often because the opposition are losers rather than them being winners. Sometimes this approach - unfair as it might seem - might seem appropriate. After all, there's no point declaring a team world-beaters when they've only beaten [...]

17 01, 2020

Great White Pope

January 17th, 2020|SA v ENG 19/20|38 Comments

Ladies and gentlemen, I’m pleased to report that we’ve found ourselves a batsman. And I can’t even think of any caveats. There’s no apparently flakiness, no hint of technical frailties, no suggestion of limitations (he plays well through the offside and legside, and off front foot and back) and absolutely no reason [...]

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