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The Full Toss Meets Andrew Flintoff

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When Shell wanted an ambassador to help promote their new FuelSave range, Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff was the natural choice. There’s always been a connection between cricket, automobiles and people nicknamed Fred: The Flintstones’ car looks exactly like a cricket pitch roller. Fortunately, today’s automobiles are rather more comfortable than the ‘Flintmobile’. Petrol technology...

Government stalls on free-to-air decision

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Sports minister Hugh Robertson today announced that the decision on whether to re-list home Ashes tests for free-to-air TV will be deferred to 2013. The government’s official rationale is a preference to wait until the digital TV switchover is complete in 2012. Unless of course they’ve chosen to fudge a politically fraught decision which either way will anger someone – the...

Why the English love Warney

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  He terrorised us for years. He pushed the laws of the game to the limit (and sometimes overstepped the mark). He was suspended for using a banned diuretic. He gave information to a dodgy Indian bookmaker – a kind of cricketing ‘cash for questions’ scandal – and he badgered match officials into giving dodgy decisions in a way that Christiano Ronaldo would have been proud. Yet, amazingly...

Pakistan’s home from home (but who do you want to win?)

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This summer England are hosting a mini test series between Pakistan and Australia – something we should be proud of. It’s good to see us helping out the beleaguered Pakistanis. International cricket can’t afford to lose a colourful team like Pakistan, so well done to the ECB  for helping them out whilst the security situation within their country remains dire. If the recent T20 games between...

Anybody fancy playing Bangladesh again?

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Didn’t think so. Jimmy Anderson doesn’t look too keen either. Perhaps that’s why Kevin Pietersen has got injured again? Maybe his thigh strain is actually a dislocated jaw – from yawning so much. The England squad must be bored senseless at the prospect of yet another pointless series against the whipping boys of international cricket. But who are we to question the wisdom of the ECB...

Time to ruffle a few canary yellow feathers

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If England beat Australia in the one-day series that starts at the Rose Bowl today, we’ll find ourselves in the delicious position of having beaten the Aussies in our most recent meetings in all three forms of the game. When did that last happen? Not since Scott Robinson first laid eyes on Charlene Mitchell I wager (that’s a Kylie and Jason reference by the way). Therefore, beating the canary...

How about this for a finish?

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From the North Atlantic comes news of a remarkable match in the World Cricket League. Many thanks to Jack Waley-Cohen for sending it in. We’ve not been able to track down who wrote this – so if it’s you, let us know. The best match of the week was not played in Manchester, Port-of-Spain, or Bulawayo, but in Pembroke, Bermuda, at the Western Stars Sports Club. The Bahamas were...

Your verdict: five bowlers, not four…and the ODI overload

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Thanks to all of you who voted in our recent poll about the composition of the England test side. Around 70% of you voted for five bowlers, five batsmen – while the remaining 30% would prefer the current line-up of four bowlers with six batsmen. The debate will continue, and alongside the promising performances of Steven Finn and Ajmal Shahzad against Bangladesh, there’s some...

Why vuvuzelas are worse than conches

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A poll on Sky Sports news says 75% of viewers want to ban vuvuzelas from the football World Cup. Amen to that! Vuvuzelas are those hideous horns which the South African crowds blow ad nauseam – thus irritating anybody with half a brain (and football fans). It’s not that we’ve got anything against indigenous instruments and cultures in general. West Indian crowds have long blown conch shells...

England’s worst ever test XI

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Brace yourself. The following England team is a collection of the not-so-good, the bad, and in the case of Martin McCague, the ugly. It’s a compilation of misfits, one-cap-wonders, has-beens, and honest county pros that should never have played for England. In fact, you’ll barely remember some of them. So let’s take a trip down memory lane, and thank Misters Illingworth, Graveney, Miller, and Ted...

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