Tag Archives: Matt Prior

Bairstow in line for reprieve following Prior’s injury

11 Nov

CRICKET-ENG-AUS-ASHESThe world of international sport is a fast paced and cut throat. No sooner had the ECB released a video of Jonny Bairstow in training with the English wicket-keeping coach Bruce French, opener Michael Carberry was scoring a big century against Australia ‘A’ to put himself forward as Alastair Cook’s opening partner, meaning Joe Root would usurp Bairstow to bat at 6. Yet now with regular ‘keeper Matt Prior going down with a ‘mild calf tear’, it looks as if Bairstow could well be England’s gloveman in 10 days time for the 1st Ashes Test at the Gabba.

Matt Prior sustained his injury during England’s truncated game at Hobart, a game which could prove pivotal in the careers of Carberry, Root and Bairstow. The runs scored at the top of the order by Hampshire’s Carberry seemed to solidify the English management’s thoughts over their batting line up, meaning Joe Root would be relegated down the order, where he started his Test career.

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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

England’s Tour of New Zealand – the tourists

29 Mar


Given New Zealand’s preceding Test form – a patchy record with no significant positives since three series victories back to back (to back?) against Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and the West Indies between 2004 – 2006 – most were anticipating an easy English whitewash.  Coming off the back of beating India in India, a victory even more stunning given their humbling by South Africa only a few months beforehand, the English press were quick to dismiss the Kiwis as blots on the landscape as they looked towards the Ashes.  Beat New Zealand 3-0 then hammer the Aussies, without a thought for the home series against the Kiwis in between.  Oh what a difference 2 months and no wins makes.

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India v England – Day 5 Review

19 Nov

With the inevitability of the leaves falling from the trees, the tide going back out and the boiler breaking down just when it gets coldest, India broke England’s resistance to win the First Test match by 9 wickets.  Ojha helped to spin England out for 406, and Pujara scored an unbeaten 41 off 51 balls in a chase of just 77.

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India v England – Day 4 Review

18 Nov

Alastair Cook produced a masterclass in Ahmedabad as he and Matt Prior (84*) resisted India and batted England into the lead on the 4th day.  In a great display of leading from the front, Cook batted all day long to finish on 168* in a innings that has already lasted 501 minutes.

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India v England – Day 3 Review

18 Nov

On Day 3, England fought hard with the bat, but after being forced to follow-on were still 219 runs behind with all 10 of their second innings wickets still standing.

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