Monday, 26 October 2015

Review of the 2nd Test v Pakistan

So near and yet so far, was the story of this Test as Adil Rashid almost salvaged a draw from the jaws of certain defeat in Dubai. For some of England's players this might be more Bye Bye than Dubai as a couple of them look shot to pieces, but if truth be told it was only one bad session that cost the visitors here. Whether that elicits a knee jerk reaction or whether the selectors will keep faith with the likes of Bell and Buttler remains to be seen? Like Abu Dhabi, this one went down to the wire, but unlike Abu Dhabi the Living Daylights couldn't save the draw. No Skyfall or even nightfall here in Dubai...


Sunday, 18 October 2015

The Death of the Tail Ender

Chris Martin averaged just 2.36 in Test cricket. He ended up with 110 more Test wickets than runs. But are the likes of Chris Martin a thing of the past? Has technology and other aspects of the game meant that these types of player are no more? Here guest blogger Rob Johnston finds out...

Tuffers...a genuine tail ender

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Review of the 1st Test v Pakistan

For four and a half days this match was as interesting as Glenn Hoddle's commentary on ITV. Low crowds, a pitch that was so far in favour of the batsman that the bowlers may well have been blindfolded and an atmosphere that was more Derby than Abu Dhabi, meant that this one was destined for a draw. What kind of draw though was unexpected. Billy Bragg may have sang about getting "the last flight out to Abu Dhabi" in a pop at the banking industry but if you spent your ill deserved, austerity fuelled bonus watching most of this snoozefest, you'd want to be on the first flight out of there. This one was an advert for Nytol. Luckily for me, I was doing something far more interesting during this than watching the game, as I did a stock take of all the individual staples in my office. And then it exploded into life...

Atmospheric Abu Dhabi

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Speaking with a Spinner

Gary Keedy has just retired after twenty three years in the game. In a career that saw him have spells at Yorkshire, Lancashire, Surrey and Nottinghamshire, Gary picked up over 900 wickets in the professional game with his slow left armers. Unlucky to never be picked by England, he was an integral part of Lancashire's first county title in decades with his wickets. Now on a mission to try and impart the knowledge that he picked up and helping slow bowlers with his new venture Spin Science, we caught up with him recently and discussed his career. Read on to find out about Old Trafford protein blizzards, unorthodox methods from Peter Moores and the art of spin bowling in this hilarious interview with one of the stalwarts of the English game...

Gary Keedy, one of two Lancashire spinners in the game, made 13 ...
Gary Keedy