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3003, 2018

When Anything But Disaster Feels Like A Triumph

By | March 30th, 2018|Categories: NZ v England 2018, Test Cricket|25 Comments

The headline above sums up how I feel about day one in Christchurch. I went to sleep with England on 38-1. Vince and Stoneman were looked a little more secure, and Trent Boult was having a breather. Perhaps both batsmen would make a hundred and England would score 400? I knew I was kidding myself. Vince had played a few [...]

2903, 2018


By | March 29th, 2018|Categories: Talking Points|112 Comments

** Update: Darren Lehmann has just announced that he's stepping down as Australian coach after the next test. -------- I've just watched the Steve Smith press conference in Australia. Wow. Do you think he was a bit upset? He cried more than my little sister when she watched Bambi. The poor bloke. But should we feel sorry for Smith? On [...]

2703, 2018

ICC Must Act To Protect The Spirit Of Cricket

By | March 27th, 2018|Categories: Talking Points|120 Comments

“It seemed completely beyond belief that the Australian cricket team were involved with cheating.” It might have shocked you Mr Turnbull, but only the brazenness of Australia's cheating surprised the rest of the world. The fabled spirit of cricket has been under attack for some time, and Australia have been one of nations leading the assault. Not that the Aussie [...]

2603, 2018


By | March 26th, 2018|Categories: NZ v England 2018, Test Cricket|39 Comments

Ignominy has been the word of the weekend. But I'm not using it to bash the Australians today. Instead I'm using it in reference to England's latest pathetic result away from home in test cricket: a defeat by an innings inside three days to New Zealand. I haven't got the stat book in front of me but of our current [...]

2403, 2018

Australia’s Sticky Situation

By | March 24th, 2018|Categories: Talking Points|139 Comments

This is quite possibly the stickiest situation for Australian cricket since Sticky the stick insect got stuck on a sticky wicket. At times like this it seems apt to fall back on Blackadder references. If only because Australia's attempts to win the second test against South Africa by using sticky tape like sandpaper was a plan so lacking in cunning [...]

2203, 2018

What? How?

By | March 22nd, 2018|Categories: NZ v England 2018, Test Cricket|71 Comments

After long and careful consideration, I've decided to laugh rather than cry. England's batting performance in the first innings at Eden Park was so farcical that it's probably comic rather than tragic. Today was a comedy of errors ... and it just about summed up the team's miserable winter's tale. Although I wasn't able to stay up all night and [...]

1903, 2018

Ta-Ra, Kevin

By | March 19th, 2018|Categories: Player Spotlight|37 Comments

Although it has been on the cards for a while, Kevin Pietersen finally announced his retirement at the weekend. Forgive me for being a bit late to the party on this one. As someone who rarely watches the various T20 leagues around the world these days, I haven't seen KP play in years; therefore as far as I'm concerned he [...]

1603, 2018

Lancashire Supporter Has Lifetime Membership Cancelled

By | March 16th, 2018|Categories: County Cricket|8 Comments

Timothy St. Ather, a leading figure in a fans' rebellion at Lancashire, has had his lifetime membership of the club cancelled, writes Barry Turner. St. Ather was sent a letter of dismissal along with a cheque for £1045, the amount he paid for lifetime members' status more than 20 years ago. The move is seen as an attempt to quash the [...]

1403, 2018

Test Cricket Is Not Dying, But The Way Traditionalists Think About It Should

By | March 14th, 2018|Categories: Talking Points|39 Comments

Today we have a guest article by new writer Mark Cohen. He argues that cricket is certainly changing but denies these changes necessarily threaten Test cricket. It's an interesting perspective, and one that might mollify the doom and gloom around here. It certainly challenges my own assumptions. Over to you, Mark ... For the best part of this millennium, T20 [...]

1203, 2018

See You Jimmy

By | March 12th, 2018|Categories: Talking Points|19 Comments

It's official. James Whitaker, England's national selector (or 'chairman of selectors' in old money), is leaving his post. Andrew Strauss wants to overhaul the selection structure and our Jimmy, known by many as the man with the mobile, is the first person to get his marching orders / mutually part ways with his esteemed employers. Although Andrew Strauss was keen [...]

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