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Australia swarm to 2-0 lead

9 Dec

???????????????????????????England lost their remaining four wickets within an hour on the 5th Day at Adelaide, leaving them 2-0 down in the Ashes and on an inexorably dramatic slide. In the small patch of grass they made their own three years ago, Australia’s broad smirks dragged the bloodied body of English cricket all over the new stadium – destroyed, humiliated, humbled. The smart money was not on England batting out all three sessions: but the wise money would have been on England lasting until lunch, at least. What followed was a carnival of the weird and wonderful.

Siddle took the relatively new ball in front of the Barmy Army and fifteen Australian fans before watching his fourth ball disappear over deep square leg’s head for six. Immediately confusion reigned – were England going for the win? Was Stuart Broad thinking? Thankfully this question was swiftly resolved as the next ball was both shorter and quicker and Broad obligingly played the same shot – only this time he picked out Nathan Lyon on the fence. Stomach’s sank; Australia rose; gin imbibed.

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The Tea Break: Episode 3

24 Nov

Shane Warne’s wild swinging an embarrassment

16 Jul

1351089354_shaneOn the 16th of July, on page 12 of The Daily Telegraph’ssports supplement, Shane Warne wrote an article entitled “Australia believe they can take back the Ashes”. Finding it to be a deeply flawed, wool-over-the-eyes article, I have taken umbrage with it – and here is my considered response.

*Disclaimer – I am aware that Warne is a reactionary ‘journalist’ looking for someone to pick apart his articles and I am equally aware that I am about to fulfil this role for him. However, I hope that by writing this article I can show up the ludicrous nature of both Warne’s ‘journalistic’ credentials and the statements he made within said article, so that the readers of this website can draw their opinion too.

To read the rest of this article, view it on The Cricket Magazine.

New Zealand’s Batting Frailties

24 May

Brendon+McCullum+New+Zealand+Nets+Session+-8JoDGoipd5lWhilst all were revelling in the superhero acts of Stuart Broad and James Anderson at Lord’s – bowling coach David Saker called Anderson the ‘most skilful bowler in the world’ – few looked at the position that the Black Caps were in about 3 hours before the chaos began. Continue reading

My Test team of the Past Year

8 Apr

With the current break in the International calendar so the rich can rake in their money in India it seems an appropriate time to compile my fantasy Test XI from April 2012 to now.  Just for transparency, I’ve gone for just a Test team – surprisingly I find watching the IPL a transcendentally sickening experience, yet one which I cannot switch off.  Which makes me feel weird.  Anyway, I’d be interested to hear your opinions on my team and what your XI would be, so just comment below.  Or text me, seeing as I know most of you personally. Continue reading

India v England, 4th Test, Day 3 Review

15 Dec

England fought back strongly in the final session to reduce India from 269/4 to 297/8 at stumps.  Virat Kohli and captain MS Dhoni had batted India out of a dangerous position, putting the hosts within 62 of taking a first innings lead before Swann struck, removing Kohli for an excellent 103.

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India v England, 4th Test, Day 2 Review

14 Dec

James Anderson produced a stirring effort in the afternoon sun at Nagpur to reduce India to 87/4, after England were bowled out earlier in the day for 330.  I said yesterday that England would need 350+ to feel happy out there, but from the way India handled Anderson, 330 is a very competitive score on an interesting looking wicket.

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