Ashes 2013/14 – England Player Ratings

England have suffered an embarrassing and humiliating 5-0 series defeat to Australia over the last six weeks and there will undoubtedly be much written about the new direction that this England team needs to take. I am however going to look back at this painful Ashes series and give my thoughts and rating on all…

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…

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.…

Third Test Day 1 Review

England desperately needed to win the third test in Perth this week to have any chance of retaining the Ashes they have worked so hard to gain over the last 5 years -things could have started better after Cook lost the toss for the third consecutive time this series. England would have wanted to get…

Cook and Clarke – ton up

Both Alastair Cook and Michael Clarke will reach 100 test caps on Friday at Perth – the first time two captains have ever achieved the feat in the same game.  In a game such as cricket that is so driven by stats and numbers, reaching 100 test appearances is seen as a great achievement even…

Second Test Review

So…. England have suffered another crushing defeat at the hands of a resurgent Aussie team. Never have I seen an England team be so soundly outplayed over two tests. The strange and confusing shot selection on the fifth morning just about summed up England’s mental state. With a day to save the game and rain…

Time for the batsman to stand up

So day 2 in Adelaide has finished and Australia are in complete control of the match and the series. After racking up 570/9 declared, Mitchell Johnson pinned back Cook’s off stump to leave England in tatters. Of course England have underperformed before, most recently on tours to the UAE and New Zealand, there is however…