Monday, 27 October 2014

Worst teammate in cricket history

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

The Mavericks

Maverick is by definition 'an independent minded person' so in advance of a book that comes out next spring where you can read all about the mavericks, the guys who emptied bars, the characters of the game along with the good, the bad and the downright ugly, we decided to look at a few of the mavericks that have graced our cricket pitches in recent years. Amazon describes the book as,  

"Cricket is a game that has always attracted mavericks and characters. Cantankerous batsman, lethal bowlers, criminal wicket keepers and philandering fielders feature as The Middle Stump looks at the good, the bad and the potentially dangerous of the cricket world. Dan has interviewed some of the biggest names in the game and those sitting on the knolls in the sun, and has spoken to everyone who is anyone in the cricket world. Now, based on years of cricket fandom and limited ability, he has collected the portraits of the most interesting players from recent years. Written in the same tongue-in-cheek and honest style that we have all come to love from The Middle Stump."

Thursday, 9 October 2014

The English Civil War

Kevin Pietersen's book has only been released this morning. So much has happened in the last few days that I am sure many of us can't keep up with what's what, who's who, where's where, who lied, who didn't, who has written what, which journalist has then back tracked and the whole thing is a huge mess. How messy? Think letting your kids play with paint, the architecture of Dresden after the Second World War, that upskirt photo of Britney Spears or the economics of Greece; that is what has been created. The whole thing is an ugly indictment on English cricket.

Pitched battle

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

The dossier that's not a dossier

Guest blogger Tom Huelin wrote for the Middle Stump a couple of years ago, when these pages first arrived on your phone, tablet or laptop. Since then he has gone on to far finer things, but has always been an avid fan of the Stump. So it gives me great pleasure to welcome Tom's words of wisdom back on to the pages, as he looks at THAT book, the dossier that's errrr not a dossier and some David Brent style management gobble-de-gook from the ECB. Read on...

KP in text mode

Monday, 6 October 2014

What the Papers say...

The Twitter timeline today has been awash with cricketing revelations about Kevin Pietersen's new book titled KP: The Autobiography. In a book which will rock the cricketing world, we have already read today about Andy Flower ruling the dressing room with a culture of fear, Prior shouting at players, the bowlers ruling the changing room and England being despised throughout the cricketing world due to these individuals. The rumour mill, social media and the boozers are awash with talk about Kevin. This one just refuses to go away.

KP in full flamingo mode