Friday, 21 December 2012

India Tour Report

It's the end of term, Joe Root has been allowed to wear his own clothes into school and bring his games in, and we look back on who had a good tour to India, and who needs detention. These guys have played through injuries, pain as well as the Delhi Belly which will give you a bum like a dragon's nostril! As we all know, England won the series 2-1 and we let you know who deserves their gold, frankincense and myrrh, and who should get just a lump of coal this Christmas.

Swanny... a good tour

Monday, 17 December 2012

Review of the fourth Test v India

A dour game of cricket on a pitch that surprisingly became easier to bat on, clinched the series 2-1 for Alastair Cook's men as they became the first English team to win a series in India since 1984-85.Quite frankly, unless you were English this Test had the entertainment value of a Nick Knight written comedy in conjunction with Charles Colville. The pitch at Nagpur should be renamed Pisspur because that was the type of cricket it produced. Why oh why, in the land of some wonderful food did they not prepare something a little spicier for what should have been, a feast of cricket?

Captain Cook...Man of the Series

Friday, 14 December 2012

The Cricketing and Footballing Comptons

As recently as the 1970's you had guys who played the great summer sport along with a winter one at serious levels. Chris Balderstone, Jim Cumbes, Arnie Sidebottom, Phil Neale and Ted Hemsley (when he wasn't in the bookies) all kicked the round ball whilst Alistair Hignell, Steve James and quite a few New Zealand cricketers handled the egg shaped one. Here Thorpster looks at a family who have some serious sporting talent including one who is opening the batting for England at the moment...A translation of the terminology is at the bottom of the page!

The Compdog...serious sporting pedigree

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Don't do it, Shane!

“You hear about how many fourth quarter comebacks that a guy has made and I think it means a guy screwed up in the first three quarters.”

That is a quote from NFL quarterback, Peyton Manning; even though he comes from a totally different sport than what we write about here at The Middle Stump, it is apt in regards to the news that the (once) great Shane Warne has offered himself to Michael Clarke, hoping to be the talisman to take back the Ashes next summer.

Warne- going for another boundary...

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Review of the third Test v India

Like the musical Oh!Calcutta! which was a revue, we review the third test and whilst England will be ecstatic at Eden Gardens, India are staring into the famous black hole. England brought in Ian Bell and the fit again Steven Finn and deservedly dropped Stuart Broad and maybe not so deservedly Jonny Bairstow after their win in Mumbai. The Middlesex quickie certainly justified his place as he bowled with the venom we have lacked all series from our pacemen, even rejuvenating his partner James Anderson.

England's highest ever hundred maker

Friday, 7 December 2012

The Middle Stump's Christmas Quiz - answers

Here are the answers to our Christmas Quiz for those of you that can be bothered as you awake from no doubt, a miserable hangover! Most of the stories and answers can be found in our book Cricket Banter, out next April via The History Press. We think you'll find it more entertaining than a Chris Tavare fifty...just!

Out next April

Monday, 3 December 2012

The X Factor

Thorpster is back and questions Graham Gooch and England's obsession of picking seam bowlers in spin friendly conditions. He also has a pop at numerous celebrities along the way, in keeping with our style here at The Middle Stump.

Gooch...Fitness first?