PODCAST: Reaction to England’s series win against Sri Lanka and a look at the summer ahead

With England wrapping up a test series victory against Sri Lanka earlier this week, I sat down with Bethan Moorcraft and Glen Williams to discuss the first two tests and look ahead to the rest of the summer. We discuss whether England have really been that good with the ball or whether it is conditions…

ECB Double Standards

Double standards appear to be rife at the ECB. The obvious example is the on going hideously boring Kevin Pietersen saga. A series of convoluted statements from Downton, Graves and Strauss have led to the whole affair continuing to be made into a right old shemozzle. I am not the world’s greatest KP fan, I…

My Favourite Trott Innings

Yesterday evening came the inevitable announcement. After 52 Test, 3835 runs, and 9 centuries, Jonathan Trott called time on his England career. It was the final move from a dignified, proud, yet realistic man. It was clear to all that Trott would not be playing for England again after his torturous Caribbean tour, but it…

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…

West Indies Tour Diary – Day 8

It’s day 8 here in the Caribbean, and today is the first time that this blog will focus solely on the cricket for this trip. To be honest, England were pretty limp this morning. Collapsing from 341/5 to 399 all out was certainly not in England’s or their travelling supporters thoughts overnight. Ben Stokes fell…

West Indies Tour

Today’s post is just a heads up. Over the next couple of weeks, i’ll be turning this blog into my ‘Tour Diary’. Tomorrow i’m heading out to the Caribbean to take in the first Test in Antigua. However, i will be in Barbados for a few days before, so for a couple of days prior…

Australia Back Form Over Youth

Australia Ashes Squad Michael Clarke (capt), Steven Smith (vice-capt), Fawad Ahmed, Brad Haddin, Josh Hazlewood, Ryan Harris, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Peter Nevill, Chris Rogers, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Adam Voges, David Warner, Shane Watson. Australians don’t like to hang around. The MCG drop-in pitches have barely taken up their winter…

Disappointing World Cup XI

With the ODI World Cup over for another four years, it is now time for all and sundry to wade into debate about the players, matches and moments of the tournament. Every news outlet has been spouting their team of the tournament from Cricinfo to the BBC to the ICC themselves. These are pretty facile…

England Bring Back Gibson

England have welcomed Otis Gibson back into their coaching set-up for the three match Test series against the West Indies that begins next month. Gibson will take on the role of bowling coach, after the incumbent David Saker was told he would not be required for the tour. Saker has been lambasted over the past…

My Test Squad for West Indies Tour

With the England selectors due to name their Test squad for the West Indies this week, I thought I’d name my 17 players who can get the job done in the Caribbean. Alastair Cook (C) Sam Robson Jonathan Trott Gary Ballance Ian Bell Joe Root Ben Stokes Adam Lyth Moeen Ali Adil Rashid Joss Buttler…

England’s Misery Ends

Thank god for that. I can finally fully enjoy this cricket World Cup. England are on the way home, and with them will hopefully depart all my feelings of angst when watching this tournament. The rest of the sides have played during the last month with a carefree attitude that has provided entertaining and gripping…