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 Diary – Day 2

Today was our first full day on Barbados, and the island did not disappoint. The view from the hotel room was, if anything, even more breath taking than the previous evening, and the overnight showers seemed to have blown over. After a long flight yesterday, and with us all dying to spend some time enjoying…

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…

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…