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…

County Cricket still produces Test players

It’s 4:30pm on August 17th and England have just completed a turnaround against all odds on a scale akin to the Miracle of Midway. One noticeable factor of the England celebrations, as James Anderson collects his man of the series award, is the wealth of new faces. After India appeared to have conquered their overseas…

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…

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…