English Cricket’s closed shop policy

It has often been said over the past half -decade or so that the England Test side has been too much of a closed shop. That honest consistently performing county pro’s where never seriously considered for promotion to the national side. All that changed however during a terrible winter for English cricket, as we saw…

Merseyside Managers – Martinez and Rodgers

In what has been a compelling and unpredictable Premier League season thus far, two young mangers have emerged from the scrap for a top four finish with immense credit. Both Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool and Roberto Martinez at Everton have earned the respect of their halves of Merseyside. Despite their differing positions in the table…

Graeme Smith

It wasn’t surprising when Graeme Smith retired during the last test against South Africa, but it was still a sad moment for world cricket and obviously for South African cricket. Smith was appointed captain of his national team, aged just 22 and still seemed wet behind the ears when he led his side out for…

Scrap Twenty20 Internationals

I’m not a complete traditionalist, but when it comes to the game I love, the longer the better – at international level anyway. It was always the drama and tension of a test match that drew me to the game and from there I expanded into watching the One Day game. In an ideal world…

Euro 2016 Draw: Anti-Climax?

“We have 24 very good teams, so this tournament can be a success…24 teams will be as good as 16 teams.” These are the thoughts of UEFA president and deputy laughing stock (to Sepp Blatter of course!) Michel Platini, unfortunately it is a view almost universally rejected by fans and administrators across Europe. Sure, an…

England players snubbed at IPL

The auction for the 2014 Indian Premier League took place last week and saw several of the world’s top talents snapped up for hundreds of thousands of dollars by eager franchises. Apart from Pakistan , all the major test playing nations have representatives in the 2014 edition. It just so happens that England’s sole representative…

The Kevin Pietersen saga

So it appears that Kevin Pietersen will never again take to the field in an England shirt. Pietersen has undoubtedly been the best player I have ever seen play for England, and the thought of him being pushed aged just 33 just doesn’t sit right with me. I can vaguely remember the bad old days…