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"
The ups and downs of captaincy. In last week’s first test at Lord’s, Joe Root’s stint as England’s captain started off in fine fashion with a comfortable and convincing win. South Africa wilted in the final innings of the game, resulting in a dramatic collapse to hand England a win on the fourth evening. Fast […]Read more "LIVE : SOUTH AFRICA ON TOP"
With the first part of the English summer this year being dominated by white ball cricket, the attention of the cricketing public will turn to the red ball this week. The first test of the highly anticipated series between England and South Africa begins on Thursday. England have named an interesting squad for the series. […]Read more "PREVIEW – ENGLAND v SOUTH AFRICA, TEST SERIES"
Three games in five days. Three very eventful games! The first took place at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton and turned out to be a pretty one sided affair. England were pretty dominant and made South Africa’s 142/3 well below par. For some reason, South Africa struggled on the Hampshire wicket, with only Behardien finding […]Read more "REVIEW – ENGLAND v SOUTH AFRICA T20I SERIES"
As a passionate cricket follower, I am desperate to see the West Indies become a major cricketing force once again. The dominance of bygone decades must seem a lifetime ago to West Indies supporters. For too long now, this sleeping giant of world cricket has been confined to the lower half of the ICC rankings. […]Read more "PREVIEW – WEST INDIES v INDIA ODI SERIES"
With the dust from an eventful Champions Trophy just about settled, international cricketing eyes will soon be turning their attention to the forthcoming T20I series between England and South Africa. Both teams will be hoping to put disappointment behind them quickly. England will be downhearted not to have reached the final in a tournament they […]Read more "PREVIEW : ENGLAND v SOUTH AFRICA T20I SERIES"
With the ICC Champions Trophy done and dusted for 2017, the time has come to reflect on the action and rate each team’s performances. We will start with the tournament winners. PAKISTAN – 9/10 An excellent all round team display from Pakistan. As I mentioned in my first blog, they started off the tournament in […]Read more "CHAMPIONS TROPHY – TEAM BY TEAM REVIEW"