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Ireland, Out Of The Ashes

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Today we welcome Irish writer Kevin Galvin back to TFT. Here are his latest thoughts on cricket in the Emerald Isle.  The enthralling third test between India and South Africa, which was a fascinating battle amongst the gratuitious run-scoring of limited overs cricket, exhibited why many people are of the credence that the long-form needs to be protected. But while in both England and Australia...

Pining For Ian Bell

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Today we welcome guest contributor Charlie Walker to TFT. He opens up with a nostalgic tribute to The Duke Of Bellington. Thanks Charlie … November 2017 was an anniversary of sorts. It marked two years since Ian Ronald Bell played his last Test match for England. Ashes defeats usually bring with them a sense of nostalgia, a yearning for players of a bygone era. But why is it that I am...

England’s 4-1 Win Is 2010/11 In Reverse

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It’s a nice feeling to beat Australia 4-1 in their own backyard. I remember a time in the 90s when we were well beaten by Australia A so I’ll definitely take this emphatic win. Obviously the depth in Aussie cricket was immense in those dark days – I reckon their A side might beat the current Australian side too – but you can only beat the canary yellow outfit in front of you. England aren’t the...

Tour Officially A Disaster Now

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And it was all going so well. Although we lost the warm up to this ODI series, otherwise know as ‘The Ashes’, by four games to nil, the main event was going swimmingly. Our white ball heroes had been in dominant form and looked set to whitewash the beleaguered and hapless Aussies by five games to nil, thus ensuring an emphatic super series win … our first down under since Tom...

Archer Writing His Own Story

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Unless you’ve been living under Uluru, you’ll no doubt have noticed Jofra Archer’s eye-catching performances for Hobart in the Big Bash. The Sussex and Horsham all-rounder has been absolutely outstanding and emerged as one of the breakout stars of the tournament. The fans seem to love him even more than Bill Lawry loves Merv Hughes. I love rooting for Archer because his tale is a great underdog...

Reasons To Be Cheerful

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With the Ashes pain slowly diminishing and England’s excellent white-ball team on the charge once again, it’s time, don’t you think, that everyone stopped moping around and began reaching for the positives? So here goes: eight reasons to be excited about the future of English cricket. Strap yourselves in. We’re on course to whitewash the Aussies On Sunday’s evidence (Jos...

The 2nd ODI: Australia Have Some Learning To Do

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Today’s ODI interested me because the Aussie commentators, not to mention Steve Smith after Melbourne, sounded a bit like England under Ashley Giles and Peter Moores. They still seem to think that 280 is a pretty competitive score in ODIs. Hey guys, I’ve got some news for you. It’s not. When England were trying to win the Champions Trophy under Giles in 2013, our strategy was to...

Suspended Sentence Most Likely For Stokes?

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There has been plenty of chat about the likelihood of Ben Stokes going to prison if he’s found guilty or pleads guilty. But it’s hard for us laymen to know whether a suspended sentence, three years, or something in between is most likely. Thankfully Robert Foster, a freelancer writer with a background in Criminal Justice, is here to explain all. Over to you, Rob … After months...

County Championship Reform: Conferences or Divisions?

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As everyone seems to be calling the NHS “our NHS” these days, I think it’s about time we renamed the championship “our county championship”. We all love it to bits but, like the NHS, it’s a bit sick. The ECB focus on T20 is pushing the competition to the fringes of the season and there’s a feeling amongst many supporters and players that there are too...

Yippee Ki Yay

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“Just call me Roy”. What an amazing innings. Jason Roy was simply superb at the MCG yesterday. He bludgeoned his way to the highest ever ODI score by an England player – beating the record recently set by Alex Hales – and simultaneously silenced his critics as a result. It led to an excellent England win that shows just how far we’ve come in white ball cricket...

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