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1203, 2018

Star India Bags IPL Production Rights

By | March 12th, 2018|Categories: Sponsored|0 Comments

The Star India Pvt. Ltd. bagged the audio-visual production rights for the upcoming 2018-19 season of the Indian Premier League. The deal also extends Star’s production rights over Board of Control for Cricket in India’s domestic circuit as well for the same time period. The company already has the monopoly over the media rights for the IPL. The BCCI had [...]

1003, 2018

A Stroll In The Park

By | March 10th, 2018|Categories: NZ v England 2018|18 Comments

Just a few words on today's deciding ODI. What a great performance! It looks like our bowlers exploited the early movement (and we all know they're a completely different animal when it moves around a bit), and the batsmen were completely untroubled chasing NZ's small total. Although I wasn't able to watch the game today - for once personal circumstances [...]

903, 2018

Injury Problems

By | March 9th, 2018|Categories: Guest|3 Comments

Today we have a guest article about the injuries suffered by fast bowlers. Apparently there are 5 main cricket injuries commonly found in modern cricket. Cricket expert and lifelong fan Saad Raja from www.saadrajacricketblog.com has put together a short list of these for your information. I thought it would make a nice change from moaning about T20 and the ECB!  [...]

703, 2018

ICC Hears Test Cricket’s SOS

By | March 7th, 2018|Categories: ODIs & T20, Talking Points|25 Comments

There was a fantastic ODI in Dunedin overnight. England scored 335 on a small ground (which was slightly better than par imho), and New Zealand chased it down thanks to Ross Taylor's sublime 181*. He's not bad that Taylor. However, it would certainly help if England could find a world class bowler or two. Our lack of a real match-winner [...]

503, 2018

What Did Warner Say?

By | March 5th, 2018|Categories: Talking Points|48 Comments

Those Aussies are at it again. Winning that is. But winning with class? Let's just say they give sportsmanship the arse. And given the ugly scenes of David Warner abusing Quinton de kock as the teams walked up the dressing room stairs at Durban, the arguments surrounding Australia's uber aggressive brand of cricket will get recycled all over again. Many [...]

203, 2018

Lamentable Lions

By | March 2nd, 2018|Categories: England Lions|28 Comments

Snow. It used to mean carefree days off school and sledging in local parks. These days it means relentless childcare and having snowballs chucked in your face. Sigh. However, at least I'm having a better time than the England Lions. They’ve just been thrashed 0-3 in their ‘test’ series against West Indies A. That’s the West Indies A side of [...]

2602, 2018

The Monday Macadamia

By | February 26th, 2018|Categories: News|33 Comments

Afternoon all. I hope you enjoyed the weekend more than I did. England lost the rugby, my club side lost their relegation showdown at London Irish, and obviously our cricketers lost their ODI against New Zealand too. It was one of those weekends that felt like a kick in the crotch ... a kick in crotch delivered by a steel-capped [...]

2202, 2018

The Day I Fell In Love With T20. And What Happened Next.

By | February 22nd, 2018|Categories: Talking Points|37 Comments

It’s been a long 48 hours. After Alex Hales, a batsman many wanted to see in England’s test middle-order, effectively retired from red ball cricket on Tuesday, the arguments on social media have been long and intense. Some see Hales as a Judas whereas others seemed to be celebrating the creeping ‘specialisation’ of the game … even though this process [...]

1902, 2018

International T20s And Cricket’s Future

By | February 19th, 2018|Categories: Talking Points|34 Comments

I’d never considered England coach Trevor Bayliss to be a philosophical ally of The Full Toss, but I found myself applauding his comments about T20 internationals this weekend. After England’s elimination from T20 Tri-series at Hamilton, Bayliss suggested that international T20s should be scrapped. Why? Because nobody give two hoots about the result. The games are just colourful TV wallpaper [...]

1602, 2018

Rashid The Latest To Desert. So What Next?

By | February 16th, 2018|Categories: Talking Points|38 Comments

News broke on Thursday that Adil Rashid has retired from red ball cricket. He has effectively given up his test ambitions by signing a 'white ball only' contract at Yorkshire - all a couple of days before his 30th birthday. It's such a shame. Some people will interpret this as a sign of disillusionment. The argument goes that Rashid was [...]

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