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112, 2019

Joe Is Back – Day 3 at Hamilton

By |December 1st, 2019|Categories: NZ v Eng 2019, Test Cricket|7 Comments

For all the recent talk about who might replace Joe Root as captain, there was always a much simpler solution at hand: Root keeps the job, rediscovers his batting form, and improves his captaincy skills. He's done the first bit already. And that's a huge step forward. I really enjoyed watching Joe bat last night. It was like having the [...]

3011, 2019

Clinging On – Day 2 At Hamilton

By |November 30th, 2019|Categories: NZ v Eng 2019, Test Cricket|10 Comments

Well, this isn't going particularly well. New Zealand looked by far the stronger team on day two and we're already struggling to keep the match competitive. Sigh. I thought this series would be tough but I didn't expect us to get such a pasting. It's been like watching an eight year old try to beat up a bear with a [...]

2811, 2019

Buttler Injured. Pope To Keep. Omelette On Faces.

By |November 28th, 2019|Categories: NZ v Eng 2019, Test Cricket|13 Comments

I don't want to say "I told you so" but I told you so. England's shortsighted decision to take just the one wicket-keeper to New Zealand backfired dramatically overnight when it emerged that stopper Jos Buttler had injured his back. This means that Ollie Pope, who was picked as an exciting young batsman, will be forced to keep in the [...]

2711, 2019

The 2020 County Fixtures – A Dog’s Breakfast

By |November 27th, 2019|Categories: County Cricket|17 Comments

So then my pedigree chums. It's time to digest the 2020 county fixtures which the ECB announced with a whisper yesterday. As we predicted it's a complete dog's breakfast. In fact, it's a particularly unappetising dog's breakfast with bone marrow and entrails overflowing Fido's bowl and slopping all over the floor. Let's make no bones about it. This is an [...]

2611, 2019

4 Options To Replace Joe Root As Captain

By |November 26th, 2019|Categories: Player Spotlight, Talking Points|31 Comments

Sometimes familiarity breeds contempt. And England's contemptible loss by an innings and 65 runs at Mount Maunganui certainly felt very familiar indeed. But it wasn't just the manner of the defeat that felt like deja vu. The captain's performance was poor (with both bat and in the field) and many supporters are now debating whether we need to replace Joe [...]

2511, 2019

Don’t Chuck Him Any Pies: The Virat Kohli Vegan Diet

By |November 25th, 2019|Categories: Talking Points|7 Comments

Today I’d like to discuss something we’ve never talked about on this blog before: diet and fitness. England spent a massive 201 overs in the field at Mount Maunganui and looked absolutely shattered by the end. It’s no wonder we batted so feebly on day 5. Fatigue can effect players mentally as well as physically. Therefore it’s no surprise that [...]

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