Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Review of the 3rd Test in India

England had their pants pulled down and their bums smacked in the Third Test in Mohali. Despite winning the toss, England threw away any advantage on the first morning with some shocking shots. Injuries and temper tantrums from certain players won't hide the fact that this was a listless performance from England. Tiredness and the tour to Bangladesh won't wash with me, we picked the wrong players in the first place. This wasn't a straight jab in the Punjab, it was a left cross, a straight right and an upper cut that left England battered and bruised. This was a Test that left England fans sikh to the stomach. It was a total Honey G of a performance as India took this one by eight wickets.

Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali

Monday, 21 November 2016

Review of the 2nd Test in India

This was a weird one. Broken stumps, dogs stopping play, players getting injured walking onto the pitch, it was a strange old game. After the bland pitch at Rajkot, this one at Visakhapatnam had much more purchase for the bowlers. India bloodied the English nose by 246 runs, the second biggest margin of defeat ever but England weren't that bad if I'm fair (which generally I'm not!). There were plenty of positives, to quote numerous English sportsmen over the years but we lost after a collapse that would make the theatrics of an Italian centre forward look wooden. This is a review of the Test...

The Dr Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA stadium!

Saturday, 19 November 2016

The Cricket Club Dog

With the current Test match at Visakhapatnam being interrupted by a dog and with Christmas being just around the corner, I thought it would be give me another excuse for a shameless plug of my new book, The Definitive Guide to Club Cricket. The book is about the characters that inhabit every cricket club across the UK with 57 chapters covering various individuals. Virtually every club has a resident hound. Cricket clubs are great environments for our four legged friends and here is a chapter on the dog and a few other animals that are associated with club cricket. The book is available via Amazon at;
With a foreword by Yorkshire's Jack Brooks and proceeds helping Melanoma UK it will keep every club cricketer going over the festive period...

The Cricket Club Dog

With the current Test match at Visakhapatnam being interrupted by a dog and with Christmas being just around the corner, I thought it would be give me another excuse for a shameless plug of my new book, The Definitive Guide to Club Cricket. The book is about the characters that inhabit every cricket club across the UK with 57 chapters covering various individuals. Virtually every club has a resident hound. Cricket clubs are great environments for our four legged friends and here is a chapter on the dog and a few other animals that are associated with club cricket. The book is available via Amazon at;
With a foreword by Yorkshire's Jack Brooks and proceeds helping Melanoma UK it will keep every club cricketer going over the festive period...

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

How Not to Lose 5-0 in India...

So the omens aren't good are they? England play the turning ball about as well as Ben Stokes plays the stradivarius and everyone thinks we are going to lose 5-0. Me personally? Well, as I tweeted yesterday, this has got Five O written all over it as much as if Steve McGarrett jumped out shouting "Book him Danno". So how do we stop it happening? Well we need to change and we most definitely need some Lucknow. What do England need to do to stop a whitewash? Here are some tips to succeed in the subcontinent...

This could be a Hawaii...

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Cricket Loopy

Neal Foulds was ranked at number 3 in the world in the halcyon days of snooker in the 1980's. A World Championship semi finalist and now a commentator on the game, Foulds spoke with us to discuss his love of cricket. We caught up with the West Londoner recently and discussed getting sledged by an Australian in a snooker match, the current England side and their chances in India as well as his regular trips to Lord's and the Oval. Read on in this interview with one of the household names from the 1980's and what cricket means to him...

Neal Foulds