Australia Diary Days 3-6

I’m afraid I haven’t been able to update my diary for a few days as I’ve been busy writing articles about the cricket for Cricinfo. These are very enjoyable to do and hopefully give me the chance to get my work seen by a larger audience but do take quite a long time to write.…

Are England a poor side?

The general consensus amongst observers during the current Ashes series has been that England have been well and truly outplayed in all of the first four tests. It’s also appears to be agreed however, that this England side is not a poor one. Out of form, down on their luck, underperforming, all of these have…

Australia Diary Day 2

So, so tired. Even after going to bed at 9 last night I got up at 8 this morning and I was still knackered!  But it didn’t matter, it was Boxing Day, I was in Melbourne and it was game day. After a quick breakfast it was off to the ground to soak up the…

Australia Diary Day 1

Merry Christmas!! Not that it feels much like Christmas here after a long flight and the weather (28°c and clear blue skies, thank you very much for asking). We eventually made it into Melbourne airport at 11am Christmas morning after a three hour delay at Heathrow. Hearing the captain say that the crosswinds were above…

Third Test – England Player Ratings

Alastair Cook Cook had a terrible game as captain; he appeared to command little respect in the field and was unable to inspire his team. His tactical inadequacies were glaringly exposed on the second morning when Australia added 100 runs for their last 4 wickets by edging the ball to the vacant third man boundary.…

Tottenham’s midfield worries

At the start of this season Tottenham were tipped by many to have an outside chance at the title. But despite having a good start to the season and being initially strong defensively Spurs have slipped up against their top 4 rivals and even suffered an embarrassing 3-0 home defeat to a strikerless West Ham.…