19 11, 2018

Pats On The Back All Round

November 19th, 2018|SL v Eng 2018, Test Cricket|53 Comments

Overseas wins for the England cricket team are rare. Two wins in a row is rarer. And series wins are even rarer than sightings of Lord Lucan and Elvis Presley. England have therefore achieved something quite impressive this month. This is the side, remember, that couldn't even win in Bangladesh two winters [...]

16 11, 2018

Kandy Man

November 16th, 2018|SL v Eng 2018, Test Cricket|25 Comments

Roooooooot. I love it when Joe scores runs. It's entertaining to watch and it gives the whole side a fillip. This innings was particularly important because it has established (potentially) a winning position. It was also made against the turning ball when the rest of the batsmen generally struggled a bit. If [...]

14 11, 2018

Day 1 at Kandy

November 14th, 2018|SL v Eng 2018, Test Cricket|17 Comments

First of all a confession. I wasn't able to watch much of today's play because I had a symposium at work. Therefore the following report is a mixture of second hand opinions and guesswork. However, I don't think it takes a genius to work out what happened. Perhaps I should've just cut [...]

7 11, 2018

Galle – Day 2

November 7th, 2018|SL v Eng 2018|8 Comments

Well this is rather pleasant isn't it? England are currently sitting pretty with a lead of 177 and all ten wickets still intact. The only thing that can stop us winning this test match is the weather. Famous last words. The day couldn't have gone much better. Ben Foakes completed a debut [...]

6 11, 2018

Galle – Day 1

November 6th, 2018|SL v Eng 2018|34 Comments

Ben Foakes. Where have you been? Maybe there's some magic spell which automatically turns England No.7s into world beaters (and our number 3s into frogs) or maybe, just maybe, the selectors and all the so-called experts got Surrey's keeper all wrong. This lad can bat. He's justified his place in the side [...]

5 11, 2018

Selection Dilemmas And Scheduling Ineptitude

November 5th, 2018|SL v Eng 2018|21 Comments

So then. After a few weeks of inactivity, and a series of farcically wet ODIs which captured precisely nobody's imagination, we've finally got some meaningful cricket to look forward to. There's just one problem: it's still monsoon season in Sri Lanka and I sense this pre-series buildup will be a complete waste [...]

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