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2708, 2018

Wobble Wobble: County Cricket’s Greatest Trundlers XI

By | August 27th, 2018|Categories: Fun, Nostalgia|45 Comments

It is with great regret I conclude that the British public have lost our minds. We’ve spent the summer basking in a heatwave: sun-worshipping and blaspheming. These rising temperatures are no cause for celebration. For as the summers get hotter and hotter, our cricket pitches get drier and drier. And with such changes come consequences. I am talking, of course, [...]

2308, 2018

Vince Back. And Smith’s Got Cook’s Back

By | August 23rd, 2018|Categories: Eng v Ind 2018, Test Cricket|35 Comments

It's official. Ed Smith is trolling us. Not only has he kept faith with Keaton Jennings and Alastair Cook, possibly England's least convincing opening partnership since Tim Curtis and Martyn Moxon strode out at Trent Bridge on 12th August 1989 (and made a combined total of two runs), but he's also recalled everyone's favourite punchbag: a certain James Michael Vince. [...]

2208, 2018

Taking The Positive (Singular)

By | August 22nd, 2018|Categories: Eng v Ind 2018, Test Cricket|44 Comments

England have been thoroughly outplayed at Nottingham in every department: batting, bowling, and fielding. If there was a food or lingerie department at Trent Bridge, we'd probably have been outplayed in that too. India have improved immeasurably in this game whereas England have gone backwards. Actually, scrap that, our batting hasn't gone backwards because it was already at the bottom [...]

1908, 2018

What The Hell Was That?

By | August 19th, 2018|Categories: Eng v Ind 2018, Test Cricket|31 Comments

Thanks a bunch England. I was going to take a breather from TFT this week as I've belatedly moved into a new house. I've been up to my eyeballs in boxes (that's boxes of the cardboard variety not men's abdominal guards), and I was planning to simply write a summary at the end of the test rather than compose daily [...]

1308, 2018

Slaughter At Lord’s

By | August 13th, 2018|Categories: Eng v Ind 2018, Test Cricket|41 Comments

Are India really the No.1 ranked team in the world? You could have fooled me. They were completely inept in this match: no backbone, no skill, and no clue. They looked like Sri Lanka back in the 1980s or perhaps even Bangladesh on their inaugural tour of England. That might sound harsh but put it this way: England's victory at [...]

1208, 2018

Day 3 at Lord’s: The Royal Woakes

By | August 12th, 2018|Categories: Eng v Ind 2018, Test Cricket|21 Comments

Here's a question for you. Which recently selected England batsman has looked the best in terms of technique and temperament: Gary Ballance, James Vince, Tom Westley, Dawid Malan, Keaton Jennings, Mark Stoneman, Ben Duckett, Nick Compton, Adam Lyth, or ... Chris Woakes? I know which guy has impressed me most. And he comes with the added benefit of being an [...]

1108, 2018

Tipping Point? Day 2 at Lord’s

By | August 11th, 2018|Categories: Eng v Ind 2018, Test Cricket|17 Comments

It tipped down at Lord's on Thursday. And it tipped down at Lord's for most of Friday too. But during the brief intervals when the players actually made it onto the field, the wickets rained down in torrents too. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if yesterday was the tipping point of the whole series. With the weather set fair [...]

808, 2018

Out Of Order

By | August 8th, 2018|Categories: Eng v Ind 2018, Test Cricket|28 Comments

It’s second test time. That means another five days (or perhaps just three) of my wife moaning at me for watching TV all day with my mobile phone in hand. Oh the joys of marital ‘bliss’. Fortunately Edgbaston was worth the earache, and this Lord’s could be a beauty too. After all, two flawed sides is often a recipe for [...]

608, 2018

Ollie Pope: New Hope Or Just Another Dope?

By | August 6th, 2018|Categories: Talking Points|29 Comments

So England have made two changes for the second test. I think there’s a case for both of them. In fact, the second one (Woakes for Stokes) most certainly involves a case … and even a resulting trial. I’ll get my coat. I really must stop making terrible contrived gags. Before I address my somewhat provocative headline (!) I’ll quickly [...]

408, 2018

England Survive E.Kohli Scare

By | August 4th, 2018|Categories: Eng v Ind 2018, Test Cricket|32 Comments

I didn't get enough likes when I tweeted the above 'joke' yesterday so I thought I'd try again. How was it for you? I'll get me coat. As you can tell from my bad jokes, I'm in a rather good mood today. It's because England have just won the first test against India. And England wins against decent opposition are [...]

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