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1711, 2010

Monty takes a blinder

By | November 17th, 2010|Categories: News|Tags: |1 Comment

We guarantee you'll watch this several times just to convince yourself it really happened. Blimey! The footage comes from today's action in the Australia A v England at Hobart. At stumps we were 22-1 after bowling the hosts out for 230; Chris Tremlett the star performer with 4-54.

1611, 2010

Australia’s bunch of crocks?

By | November 16th, 2010|Categories: News|3 Comments

In Billy Birmingham’s hilarious parody of England’s last Ashes tour, the 12th Man revelled in England’s misfortunes with injury. The story even referred to a spoof print of the Poms’ walking wounded, which included a ball lodged in Paul Collingwood’s teeth and Steve Harmison paralysed by home sickness. The photographic montage, which was memorably called ‘a bunch of crocks’, was priced at a very reasonable [...]

1211, 2010

So Cook doesn’t have a prayer, eh Chappell?

By | November 12th, 2010|Categories: News|3 Comments

One of the lowlights of the pre-Ashes media banter is the kicking our lads usually get in the Australian press. I would write ‘gutter press’, but that goes without saying  – there is no highbrow press down under. Unfortunately for the critics however, England have started the tour pretty well. We beat Western Australia in fine style, and we’re well poised [...]

1011, 2010

PCB turns its back on Zulqarnain

By | November 10th, 2010|Categories: News|Tags: |0 Comments

When has logic ever come into Pakistan cricket? The PCB today announced that Zulqarnain Haider, the wicket keeper who defied the match fixers and fled for his life, has had his central contract terminated. They didn’t even wait until they’d spoken to Haider, who presumably might have expected the support of his employers after such a harrowing experience. What do the PCB [...]

911, 2010

Haider-Way: Pakistan keeper does a runner

By | November 9th, 2010|Categories: News|3 Comments

The news broke yesterday that Pakistan’s wicket keeper Zulqarnain Haider, the man whose name we’d pay good money to hear Bill Lawry pronounce, had suddenly quit Pakistan’s matches in Dubai and fled to England. He is currently claiming asylum. Haider recently hit the winning runs in the fourth ODI against South Africa. However, he claimed he received a threatening text [...]

811, 2010

The Perfect Start

By | November 8th, 2010|Categories: News|0 Comments

It was never in doubt (ahem). England were always going to reverse their patchy form over the first two days and beat Western Australia convincingly. How could we have thought otherwise? Just because we batted like pelicans (or should that be flamin’ Galahs?) in the first innings, didn’t mean we were going to continue the English tradition of fluffing our [...]

511, 2010

The XXXX-up Factor

By | November 5th, 2010|Categories: News|Tags: |2 Comments

Things aren’t going well for the Aussies. Seven defeats in a row now, silly mistakes in the field, reported disharmony in the dressing room - it’s music to any England fan’s ears. And then there’s the captaincy controversy. We all know about Ponting’s weaknesses as a skipper, but now certain players are allegedly unhappy with Michael Clarke – whose aspirations [...]

411, 2010

Mystic Glenn stirs the pot

By | November 4th, 2010|Categories: News|Tags: |1 Comment

One of the more recent Ashes traditions is Glenn McGrath's biannual prediction of a five-nil whitewash. True to form, Pigeon has once again dusted off his crystal ball, studied his tea leaves, and forecast another Aussie clean sweep. "I couldn't have more faith in the boys", he said yesterday. "I think we'll bounce back and win all the Tests. They'll [...]

311, 2010

The Ashes – just an average test series?

By | November 3rd, 2010|Categories: News|4 Comments

If you believe the hype surrounding this winter’s Ashes, you’d be forgiven for thinking we’re about to witness the cricketing equivalent of Clash of the Titans. The world rankings, however, say otherwise. The Ashes are, after all, simply a contest between the fourth and fifth best sides in the world. That’s two average teams that cannot claim to be world-beaters by [...]

2910, 2010

The secret Ashes weapon left behind in Watford

By | October 29th, 2010|Categories: News|0 Comments

It's become a cliche to observe that this is the best-prepared England Ashes touring party in history. From video analysis to nutrition, sports psychology to biomechanics, no stone has been left unturned. Or so it seemed - until an extraordinary piece of video evidence today revealed a potentially critical oversight on the part of England coach Andy Flower. As the [...]

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