England Stutter into Life

So England got off the mark. Hardly a quick start, more of an apologetic shuffle. They certainly didn’t swat away Scotland with ease, they laboured through the contest and a more ruthless side would have punished them for their inadequacies. Perhaps Scotland should just be happy to be at the World Cup. Perhaps that is…

How can England Improve?

In the style of those hideous blindingly obvious ‘Winning Objectives’ that World Cup broadcasters keep showing us, I thought i’d try and offer a few more useful pointers as to where success lies for England tonight. Firstly, and most obviously, they have to arrest their terrible decline in death bowling. Clueless would be the kind…

Afghanistan v Bangladesh Preview

Today’s offering at the cricket World Cup comes in the form of a potentially pivotal pool match between Bangladesh and Afghanistan. While on the surface, it may appear that there is little riding on this match between two of the tournament’s less fancied sides, if either side has ambitions of progressing to the knockout stages…

England Come up Short

Where to begin then? Woakes’ costly drop? Finch’s brilliance? England’s inability to bowl a yorker? The fearsome Mitchell Marsh? Taylor being cruelly denied a century by an umpiring error? While the opening match between Australia and England was over as a contest after just 70 overs, the game was certainly not short of talking points.…