Absolutely outstanding. For me, one of the greatest test match victories of all time. If not the best. It was that good. Heading into the Headingley test, the Windies were subjected to some fearful criticism for their display in the first test in Birmingham. Rightly so. The way that they subsided on what turned out […]Read more "REVIEW : HEROIC HOPE WINS IT FOR WINDIES"
Long gone of the days of solidity at the top of the England batting order. Browsing through the internet last night, I stumbled across a BBC Sport article entitled “Why can’t England find an opening batsman?”. The date of that particular article? December 2015. The 20 months that have passed since that article was written […]Read more "ENGLAND’S BATTING DILEMMA"
With South Africa having now left British shores, cricketing attention now turns to the forthcoming test series against the West Indies. The first test starts on Thursday and is to be a landmark test as Edgbaston will host the first day/night test match in England. Hopefully the summer weather will significantly improve in the coming […]Read more "PREVIEW : ENGLAND v WEST INDIES, TEST SERIES"
With the England v South Africa Test series now over, here I look back on the standout performers from the four match series. England Moeen Ali (8.5) Player of the Series Moeen Ali had a series to remember, especially with the ball. Twenty five wickets (including a match winning hat-trick) at an average of just […]Read more "REVIEW : ENG v SA TEST SERIES (BASIL D’OLIVEIRA TROPHY) 2017"
Remember the name – Jofra Archer. This 22 year old from Barbados is really starting to make a name for himself in county cricket. In December 2016, Archer signed a two year contract extension with his current county, Sussex, which has tied him down to the club until the end of 2019 after a number […]Read more "WATCH OUT FOR : JOFRA ARCHER"
It was back in the summer of 2003 as the England vs South Africa test series moved on from the Trent Bridge test with the score locked at 1-1. On that occasion the teams moved to Headingley. The first day of that test saw my first trip to watch professional cricket. It was an eventful […]Read more "PREVIEW : 3rd TEST – ENG v SA"
Turn the clock back to the back end of 2008 – the golden age of English spin bowling. Monty Panesar was a cult figure in English and world cricket and Graeme Swann was making a name for himself in the test series in India. Swann went on to become one of England’s great spin bowlers, […]Read more "ENGLAND AND SPIN"