3 06, 2018

Headingley And Humble Pie

2018-06-04T11:15:45+00:00 June 3rd, 2018|Eng v Pak 2018, Test Cricket|38 Comments

So England are back on track. At least until the next game. This win at Headlingley was ridiculously easy. We were as good here as we were lamentable at Lord’s. And the same could be said of Pakistan, but the other way around of course. Lot’s of people will be very happy [...]

1 06, 2018

The Headingley Test

2018-06-01T18:50:08+00:00 June 1st, 2018|Eng v Pak 2018, Test Cricket|39 Comments

Back in the late 1980s and 1990s, England would often travel to Leeds trailing in test series. We'd draft in someone like Neil Mallender, who would swing the ball around corners, and we'd win inside three days - thus keeping Ted Dexter or Mickey Stewart in charge for another few months. Headingley's [...]

27 05, 2018

Ignominy at Lord’s

2018-05-27T15:36:32+00:00 May 27th, 2018|Eng v Pak 2018, Test Cricket|54 Comments

It was another awful performance and yet another dispiriting defeat. I might as well have just cut and pasted a report from the Ashes. Is this English cricket’s lowest ebb? Obviously we’ve had worse defeats in the past, and this particular test probably isn’t a watershed, but it’s hard to think of [...]

26 05, 2018

The Lord’s Test – Day 2

2018-05-26T09:04:39+00:00 May 26th, 2018|Eng v Pak 2018, Test Cricket|15 Comments

Bizarre captaincy, shambolic catching, and good traditional test batting. Suddenly Pakistan look like huge favourites for this test match. And they deserve to be in this position too. They bowled really well on Thursday and they batted just as well, if not better, on Friday. Well played guys. As for England, I'm [...]

25 05, 2018

The Lord’s Test – Day 1

2018-05-26T08:24:06+00:00 May 25th, 2018|Test Cricket|40 Comments

Day 1 I'm not sure whether to laugh or cry. So I'll do neither. I'll rant instead. What a horribly lacklustre and lamentable start to the summer by England. Our batting was quite frankly pathetic. It was a continuation of the winter's woeful succession of train wrecks. There were far too many [...]

17 05, 2018

A View From Malahide

2018-05-17T15:05:39+00:00 May 17th, 2018|Talking Points, Test Cricket|10 Comments

Back in February, Kevin Galvin wrote about Irish cricket as his team built up to their test debut against Pakistan. Today he's back, fresh from helping Cricket Ireland with their media duties, to tell us how it all went down at Malahide.  One sensed, when Kevin O’Brien raised his bat to acknowledge [...]

3 04, 2018


2018-04-03T10:44:20+00:00 April 3rd, 2018|NZ v England 2018, Test Cricket|65 Comments

I went to sleep with New Zealand on 91-4. I was extremely hopeful we'd be able to force a result. Anderson and Broad were bowling well, and Jack Leach was causing problems, so it was extremely disappointing to wake up and find that we'd been denied by the Kiwi tail. Credit to [...]

1 04, 2018

The Easter Sunday Sermon

2018-04-01T07:50:58+00:00 April 1st, 2018|NZ v England 2018, Test Cricket|28 Comments

It's Easter. The time of rebirth, chocolate, and rabbit casseroles. So let's start with the first of these three pillars of Christian civilisation ... and forgive me if the flow of this post seems random and doesn't quite work. I've had no sleep, I drank too much beer and wine last night, [...]

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