Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Farewell to three great batsmen

There is something sad when a cricketer retires. This time of year in England, the season slowly closes the curtains and settles down for the winter, and those who we pay good money to watch finally hang up their bat. None of the following three may be English but all of them have made their mark for varying reasons on English fans, and with a tear in my eye we will see them no longer don their whites in the test arena. Bowlers around the globe may have a different viewpoint however. Farewell then Sanga, Pup and Buck.

Clarke and Sanga

Monday, 24 August 2015

Review of the 5th Test v Australia

In a week where the names of those who wanted extra curricular affairs were leaked, Australia romped home under leaking South London skies at the Oval. Many of the Aussies will have played their last game on these shores, whilst you wonder if the same might happen for a few, younger English players. Whilst those on Ashley Madison, the ones in dead marriages and craving excitement had a bad week, for those English fans watching this dead rubber and craving excitement, it wasn't much better. Australia walked this one, and it was a return to the bad old days. After their resounding win at Lord's, there was more capital punishment on the other side of the Thames for Cooky and Co.

The Oval

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Still work for England

So England have won the Ashes and what do they do? They went back to the bad old days. Conservative when winning the toss and sticking the Aussies in, their batting came unstuck against the short ball. You would think that this England side were world beaters judging by some of the comments I have read recently, yet this was the worst Australia side I can remember since 1985, possibly even the Packer era when we played their second string. Yes, England are improving but there is a long way to go. Problems at the top of the order and in the spin department still exist, as Geoff Boycott has reminded us once or twice over the summer. The Ashes may have been won, but all is not quite right in the garden of England. UAE might be next to Dubai, but it could be bye bye for some of this side.


Sunday, 9 August 2015

Review of the 4th Test v Australia

So the Ashes are back in England. This was a comprehensive win in Nottingham and in reality it was sealed after half an hour. Stuart Broad ripped through the Aussie batting and picked up the best figures by an English seamer in Ashes history as he bagged 8-15. In the hometown of Ken Clarke, this match saw the resignation of Michael Clarke as England moved into an unassailable 3-1 lead in the series. Here we review the fourth Test match from Trent Bridge.

Trent Bridge

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

The Mind of Mitch

Mitchell Johnson has come out in the Telegraph this morning and said that he doesn't think that the heat that he is absorbing from the English crowd affects his game. I most certainly disagree. He also said that it takes the heat off of his team mates. Yet again, I disagree. He said that it used to get to him, but doesn't any more. Yet again I disagree. Here's why...