The Case for Plunkett

Ahead of tomorrow’s third and final Test, the conjecture surrounding England’s team selection is mostly focussed on whether Adil Rashid will come into the side to offer a second spinner, or whether Jonathan Trott may see his return at the top of the order cut short. These positions are rightly being debated; I would not…

In Defence of Samuels

In an age where cricketers, and sportsmen in general, are lambasted for being boring, lacking character, and being entirely mundane in interviews, just why are people criticising West Indies cricketer Marlon Samuels? After slapping a long-hop from West Indies leggie Devendra Bishoo straight into the hands of Jermaine Blackwood on the mid-wicket boundary, Ben Stokes…

West Indies Tour Diary – Day 10

Today was a blisteringly hot day at the cricket. However, it started out looking for from auspicious on the weather front. Breakfast was eaten in the face of torrential rain hammering down from all sides of the open dining area. Thankfully the weather abated in time for Joe Root and Gary Ballance to continue their…

Why the ECB got it right with Ben Stokes

As Ben Stokes pummelled his way to a blistering 37-ball 77 on his debut for the Melbourne Renegades, the Channel Ten commentators worked themselves into fervour of unparalleled proportions. ‘Why isn’t he in the England World Cup squad, they’ll be hoping someone gets injured to let him in’ whined Damien Fleming. Of course Stokes’ innings…

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…

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.…

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…