CategoryTest Cricket

India’s Triumph In Australia

Today Alex continues our buildup to the India versus England series by looking back at India’s amazing triumph down under. What made the series so special? And what did we learn?  The Australia – India Series was the one of the best series that Test cricket has seen for years. Although you could talk about the drama of the last Ashes in England, this series featured a team that was literally the walking wounded against a powerhouse team that nevertheless has significant holes. It made for...

Not Bad Lads, Not Bad

Morning everyone. It’s James here. I’m temporarily back to comment on England’s victory in the 1st Test against Sri Lanka. You can’t ask for much more than a 7 wicket win away from home – even if the hosts didn’t wake up until the third day. Now before I get into the nitty-gritty, I have a quick confession to make. I didn’t watch all of the Test match. In fact, I missed most of it. One of the reasons that I’ve scaled back my involvement with TFT...

Job Done

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 style. You can’t ask for more than that. Sadly (for them) the Proteas were never really in the contest this week – partly because they’re a weak side playing...

The Knockout Blow

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 therefore South Africa’s humiliation – or perhaps ’emasculation’ might be a better word – continues to be played out in a very public manner. No wonder the local...

Crawley Shines – Day 1 at Johannesburg

It was a gloomy day at The Wanderers. There was rain in the morning and bad light in the evening. But for all those grey clouds there was a silver lining that warmed the cockles: young Zak Crawley made his first test fifty. Although it’s easy to get carried away when a youngster plays well, and predictions including the words ‘big future’ become ubiquitous, there was something joyfully perky and natural about Crawley’s breezy 66. His talent just shone though. Yes Zak’s not the finished...

Wondering About Wanderers – Who’s In The Spotlight?

We’re going to win the series, right? Even England can’t screw this one up. It’s the eve of the fourth and final Test against South Africa and yours truly is feeling confident. I’m almost smug. How refreshing it all feels. England have the edge on paper in this game (Kasigo Rabada is banned of course) and we’ve certainly got the psychological edge too. Surely only losing a vital toss (or making the wrong decision at the toss) plus some really boneheaded team...

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