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Chaotic England Look For Consistency

20 Mar
181899Considering how chaotic their past few months have been, it’s a miracle the England cricket team managed to make it to Bangladesh in one piece.

Some will argue that England have just suffered a temporary blip in form recently, but the fact is that their decline has been much more prolonged than that. Whether or not it is terminal does not hinge on their performance in Bangladesh, but how they play will be a sign of how long the recovery will take.
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The Tea Break: Episode 1

10 Nov

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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Mercurial Broad will always be an enigma

13 Aug

ImageIn 2006, England had endured a difficult summer. Coming after the buzz of the previous year’s Ashes antics was always going to be tough, but being pasted around the country by Sri Lanka and then Pakistan was particularly galling. The team had been in freefall since the end of the Ashes series with injuries and were looking for a new star to feel positive about. Four balls into his ODI debut, one very fresh faced Stuart Broad had become that figurehead.

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Why are Australia so bad?

31 Jul

Australia-had-frustrated-England-before-opener-Shane-Watson-was-lbw-to-a-Broad-inswinger-for-46-Watson-challenged-the-verdict-but-had-to-go-after-DRS-showed-the-ball-clipping-leg-stump-That-meant-the-all-rounder-wouldnt-A lot has been made of the quality of this Australian side in recent weeks and months. Plenty of it has been English gloating whilst there have been some more considered approaches to understanding why the most successful cricketing nation of all time has suffered such a severe decline. Trying to avoid too much of the former, here I will try to work it out.

The difficulty for great teams is how to ease the transition process from old to new. The West Indies team of the 70′s and 80′s are still in a rut whilst India have just about managed to smoothly go from Sehwag, Dravid, Laxman and Tendulkar to Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli and Jadeja. Yet Australia have not been as good at it, in fact, except for 2006/07 where they won the Ashes, Australia have been inconsistent and getting worse in the last 5 years as their great players retired.

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The Battle For Top Spot

25 Mar
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BBC

Whilst the English Cricket team have been doing a really great job of proving to everybody that they are not as brilliant as they, the English media and their parents say they are, I have been having a much more intense personal struggle.  And it was last night, in a moment of crystalline clarity that I came to my conclusion.  I must say that it came to me as a bit of a surprise – that is not to say I’m not happy with my decision – but I didn’t think that that was going to be the outcome.  I am talking, of course, of the battle between watching the cricket on Sky or listening to it on TMS.

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Outlaws Trio Doing The Damage in t20

15 Feb
Alex Hales Michael Lumb

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Today England beat New Zealand in the 3 match t20 series, continuing their unbeaten run in this format from August 2011.  In the deciding match, Alex Hales and Michael Lumb clinched only the second 10 wicket t20 victory for England as they put on a stand of 143 to secure a memorable triumph.  Earlier in the innings, captain and fellow Nottinghamshire player Stuart Broad took 3-15 from his 4 overs to squeeze the Kiwis and keep them to a less than imposing target. 

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