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5 Reasons Not To Watch the IPL

15 Apr

Fancy watching the meat market-cum-freak show that is the IPL this Spring? Go ahead, if you dare, but here are 5 reasons that you should consider which will change your mind.

1) The standard is not very high

Considering the number of international players at IPL 7 (close to 200) the quality of cricket will be disappointing. Perhaps the level of domestic cricket in India is letting things down – there were fewer international stars at the most recent Big Bash but the average score was 150 compared to 147 at the glitzy IPL 6. This could be because there were 76 games at the IPL compared to 35 at the Big Bash, but that shows another failure of the tournament – its length. By the time the final of IPL 7 comes around on June 1st, England will already have played one T20 and four ODIs against Sri Lanka.
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Finch’s 63-ball summary of Australian cricket

30 Aug

166149If you were fortunate (or unfortunate) enough to be watching Aaron Finch pulverize Jade Dernbach, Danny Briggs, Luke Wright and all the other A-grade English bowlers last night – you will know that his scoring pattern en route to the 156 he hammered at the Ageas Bowl was littered with fours and sixes – 11 and 14 of each, respectively. But should Australians’ rejoice at this innings? Or is this an indictment of their current cricketing conundrum?

Aaron Finch might be an unknown entity to many English fans so here’s the back of his batting card – 26 years old, 7 ODIs and 7 T20s for Australia, an average of 15 in ODIs and an average of 54 in T20s (helped significantly by this innings). He has played 33 First Class games for Victoria and Australia ‘A’ (whom he captains), and his First Class average is 29.56 .

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Gayle’s Century Ignites The IPL

23 Apr


Today Chris Gayle hit the fastest ever century in professional cricket – off just 30 balls.  His brutal assault in the colours of Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL was a display of a power hitting – particularly straight down the ground. Continue reading

The perils of watching the IPL

12 Apr


Being English, one feels almost nefarious in watching the IPL.  It’s an engaging yet surreal experience but ultimately one that leaves the viewer feeling hollow.  With the combination of terrible studio pundits, cliche-ridden commentators with staggering bias towards Indian cricketers and the creepy camera work, it does not make for comfortable viewing.  So  why can’t I switch off?

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Why I’m excited for the County Championship

2 Apr

Trent Bridge – Notts CCC

Growing up in fairly rural Suffolk, I didn’t think cricket was played near me.  Now I know that was because nobody told me Essex was close.  Therefore I have never felt a natural affinity to any particular County and although I have ancestors hailing from Somerset, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire I didn’t feel a strong attraction to follow their colours.  Despite Chelmsford being the nearest County ground I stayed within the confines of Suffolk and simply supported England.  But this summer, that is going to change.  Here I lay out the three reasons for why I’m excited for the start of the County Championship season. Continue reading

What fun is left in t20 after the IPL has squeezed it all out?

3 Feb


Today, nearly $11,000,000 was spent.  In one garish ceremony the world’s monetary troubles were neatly summed up.  108 players were listed, as slaves at the Forum, having their virtues paraded as they gazed sheepishly at the riches on offer.  Base prices of at least $20,000 were the only requirements, with the majority of these being exceeded.  

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Can Nottinghamshire Outlaws Lead The Way In T20?

10 Jan
Hales tucked in on his first BBL outing

Hales tucked in on his first BBL outing – ESPNcricinfo

In today’s world of slapdash t20 cricket, sadly it is all too rare that one gets excited over one particular innings.  Over-saturation, over-fed – call it what you will.  But when a wicket or a six occurs in the first over, no longer is it breathtaking.  Occasionally, oh so occasionally, something sparks interest – and this happened yesterday, in the Australian Big Bash League.  Drafted in as cover for the injured Marlon Samuels, Nottinghamshire’s Alex Hales showed no sign of jet lag in smashing 89 from 52 balls.  But should we have expected anything less of a man coming from Trent Bridge?  And what is the precedent that has been set at Trent Bridge that is sure to take off at other Counties across England?

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