Morning all. Welcome back to the TFT. It’s marvellous to be joining you for the first time today.
Now things are a little bit slow on the cricket news front today. There’s some stuff about Australia showing dissent and behaving aggressively on the field – so nothing new that we haven’t talked about before – but otherwise it’s a snoozefest. Cricinfo have even resorted to doing an article about Neil Foster. I would link to this but I severely doubt anyone’s going to click on it.
I suppose we could get into a discussion about the Aussies becoming the number one test side but it’s all a bit depressing. They’ve had some relatively easy fixtures since the Ashes, and they won two absolutely crucial tosses in New Zealand. Besides, we had plenty of discussion about the inadequacies of the ranking system last week.
The only new thing I’ve learned about the Aussies is that Joe Burns looks reasonably organised and Usman Khawaja finally looks better than he did a couple of years ago – which isn’t exactly hard. Am I worried about them causing England problems in the future? Not really. Do I think they’ll dominate world cricket for the foreseeable future? Not really.
Australia are a good side in my opinion, but they still have the same flaws as they did six months ago – the main one being that they don’t really have that much first class talent coming through. We’ll watch their progress with interest but I’m not particularly intimidated. England have their own problems to focus on of course, so please don’t think I’m being smug.
Anyway, in the absence of any major new talking points, I’d like to point you in the direction of a couple of new articles over at Eat My Sports. In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve found it really hard to keep two sites going simultaneously recently. There’s so much going on in the broader sporting work and there’s only one me.
My plan moving forward is to make TFT my number one priority, as it’s easier to keep up to speed with one sport, but I’ll add articles about other sports (or broader sporting issues) on EMS now and again. I’m hoping to give EMS a little more attention in the future, but it’s hard to find time when you’ve got to juggle work, a five year old boy who’s determined to become a Jedi Knight, and a six month old baby.
Anyway, the two new articles on EMS are:
It’s About Time – Do top managers / coaches really need years to build a successful side, really?
The Eat My Sports Match Day Menu – a fun look at the foods to eat (and those to avoid) before you play sport at the weekend.
I’d also like to point you in the direction of Tregaskis’ blog Drop In Pitch. It’s where you’ll find Maxie’s latest broadside about Kevin Pietersen.