21 06, 2019

Three Is An Ashes Number

2019-06-21T10:31:19+00:00June 21st, 2019|Ashes 2019, Test Cricket|10 Comments

Style or substance? Resolute defence or blistering attack? Mercurial talent or dogged resistance? It is a fun quirk of this sumptuous cricketing summer that the World Cup is running parallel to the County Championship. And while the formats are very different, players in both are vying for one identical prize: a place [...]

26 03, 2019

Don’t Forget It’s An Ashes Year

2019-03-26T17:54:52+00:00March 26th, 2019|Ashes 2019, Test Cricket|26 Comments

A home World Cup is always a super occasion. The last time it happened I was actually travelling around Australia. We'd just endured another Ashes defeat, and I decided to come home after a few months specifically to catch the end of the tournament. Unfortunately England got knocked out before I flew [...]

14 02, 2019

Cheer Up Misery Guts

2019-02-14T17:16:55+00:00February 14th, 2019|Test Cricket, Windies v England 2019|33 Comments

Some might call TFT and its readers pessimists. And to be fair they're probably right. There's been a lot to grumble about in recent years, from the ECB's marginalisation of the championship to their irritating and elitist tendency to hire yes men or men cut from a certain kind of cloth (you [...]

11 02, 2019

Wood’s Rapid Returns

2019-02-11T11:18:59+00:00February 11th, 2019|Test Cricket, Windies v England 2019|24 Comments

What a day in St Lucia. England are on top, the Windies frailties (which were there all along) are finally being exposed, and only a minor miracle can prevent us from claiming a much needed consolation victory. You didn't really think we'd lose 0-3 did you? England's strong position is mainly down [...]

7 02, 2019

3rd Test Preview

2019-02-08T13:37:12+00:00February 7th, 2019|Test Cricket, Windies v England 2019|56 Comments

And so to St Lucia – the most beautiful island in the Caribbean. As Blighty freezes in artic temperatures, St Lucians will be perambulating across pure shores with only the sound of gentle breezes rustling through native palms to distract them. Envious? You bet. And to make matters worse the locals can [...]

2 02, 2019

Danger? What Danger?

2019-02-02T10:20:30+00:00February 2nd, 2019|Test Cricket, Windies v England 2019|13 Comments

Sadly I feel this test match is ebbing away. So it's time for a hackneyed boxing analogy. England are on the ropes primarily because we've got a glass jaw. The Windies, on the other hand, have taken the punches and kept advancing forwards. The home team has shown more courage and discipline, [...]

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