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808, 2019

Futile Suggestions

By |August 8th, 2019|Categories: Ashes 2019|50 Comments

After Ollie Stone was ruled out of the second Ashes test yesterday, I Tweeted out my preferred side for Lord's. It went as follows: Burns, Roy, Stokes, Root, Buttler, Bairstow, Woakes, Curran, Archer, Leach, Broad. I was immediately given a tongue lashing (I'm going to copyright this expression when Josh Tongue plays for England) by several people who hated this [...]

508, 2019

Pathetic. But We Can (And Must) Do Better Next Time.

By |August 5th, 2019|Categories: Ashes 2019|77 Comments

When the end comes, it usually comes quickly with this England team. For all our hype and bravado we're actually softer than a poodle's undercarriage. It took Australia just 45 overs to take all ten of our second innings wickets today. And eight of those wickets came in the last 23. It was a gutless performance that lacked any form [...]

408, 2019

Shattered – Day 4 at Edgbaston

By |August 4th, 2019|Categories: Ashes 2019|34 Comments

The last time I checked in (on Friday evening) England were in a great position - just a few runs behind Australia's first innings score and with plenty of wickets in hand. And then it all went pear shaped thanks to a mini collapse on Saturday morning and another Steve Smith hundred. Is there any more frustrating sight in world [...]

208, 2019

Proper Cricket – Day 2 From Brum

By |August 2nd, 2019|Categories: Ashes 2019|8 Comments

I don't think I've ever felt so nervous waiting for a batsman to reach three figures. I didn't even particularly care about the wickets falling at the other end for a period. It was all about Rory Burns. Could he reach those three magical figures? When the moment finally arrived I was chuffed to bits for the bloke. He waited [...]

108, 2019

The Rodent Returns – Day 1 at Edgbaston

By |August 1st, 2019|Categories: Ashes 2019|40 Comments

Today’s play was painful. We had our collective boot on Australia’s metaphorical throat but the opportunity slipped away. And it’s all because of Steve Smith. Yes him. The ginger rodent. The bane of our existence. I wish I could say Smith was lucky. I wish I could say that he cheated. But he wasn’t and he didn’t. He was absolutely [...]

108, 2019

1981 Revisited

By |August 1st, 2019|Categories: Nostalgia|9 Comments

Today we welcome back Haroon Khalid to TFT. Take a trip down memory lane as the first test at Edgbaston gets underway ... The 2005 Ashes series is often spoken of as the greatest Ashes series of all time and with much justification. 1-0 down after the first test, England came back with a nerve jangling 2 run win at [...]

3007, 2019

Tim Paine: The Poisoned Chalice Of Dreams

By |July 30th, 2019|Categories: Ashes 2019|10 Comments

Australia look stunned. That’s the only way to describe the vacant husks that have replaced the real Australian side. Over five days at The Wanderers, they look like eleven men whose minds are so far from their task that they may as well be on Mars. Tim Paine has barely been back in the side a few months, and now [...]

2607, 2019


By |July 26th, 2019|Categories: Ashes 2019, Eng v Ire 2019|62 Comments

The England test team doesn't have many strengths these days. But it can win, and usually does, if the groundsman prepares an archetypal seamer's wickets and the weather Gods feel sympathetic enough to provide overcast skies. This is the brew that's been hiding our general frailties for a few years now. And this very specific elixir - this time gobbled [...]

2407, 2019

A New Low

By |July 24th, 2019|Categories: Ashes 2019, Eng v Ire 2019, Talking Points|57 Comments

Let's start with the positives. Erm. Ollie Stone looked good I suppose. And now for the negatives ... What in the name of Zeus's pubic hair was that? I'm gobsmacked. To get bowled out for 85 in a single session is bad enough. But to get bowled out by Ireland? At home? After winning the toss? It's completely inept and [...]

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