Trott showing you can’t keep a good man down.

Great news that Jonathan Trott has received a call up to the Lions team for the tour of South Africa. After an issue with ‘situational anxiety’ sounds like the trooper is back on the path. Only 33 and with a great track record of 3,763 runs in 49 Tests, there’s more fight left yet in the old dog. The trip to Australia was a total fiasco. Not since bringing Eddie Hemmings on to bowl to Kapil Dev to put the brakes on avoiding a follow on has anything been such a failure.

Great news.

“With so much Test cricket, including the Ashes, over the 12 months, a full recall is not impossible”, says Agnew.

Nothing cosy about WI cricket right now.

It is a vicious circle, a downward spiral. One, as they say, brings two. If you have the talent, the money comes. If you have the money, the talent comes. But when things start to slip, it can all go wrong pretty quickly.

How the mighty have fallen. The West Indies, the doyen of cricket for so long, now sinking. The BCCI are talking of suing the WICB for $65m. Money which would send them into bankruptcy. This is a situation calling for a trouble shooter.

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Guest blogger – Fred The Yorker. His thoughts on KP Nuts.

I have been analysing the fallout from KP’s book. Sad to say I reckon he is an immature baby who can not take it if someone else is getting the attention. I do not recognize his bullying allegations, mostly because any dressing room at international level will have the same level of banter and bullshit. In addition if I dropped a dolly-I would want to apologize to the bowler anyway, why wouldn’t you?
Having said this, it is a shame that all these highly paid people did not have the management or people skills to keep him in check and happy. Very sad that our best talent had to be fired because no one could be arsed to work with him. ”I’m so sorry Mr. Bradman, but we will have to let you go-you see you don’t concentrate in our meetings when Mr. Nutrition Expert is trying to tell you what sort of quinoa you should be eating for breakfast. Yes we know you can bat a bit and an average of 99.94 isn’t bad, but you give the captain a headache when you publicly say that you don’t want to wear the team deodorant as you prefer Old Spice.” Can you imagine?

Bring on the Aussies and Saffers.

Confidence is back. Motivation is high. The three lions were caught snoozing in the shade there but we are back on the prowl, and no heat is too fierce. We took the knock. We were down and out. We were the tramp spewing in the gutter. We were in need of some serious grooming and a good scrub. Now we’re the Cock of the North once more.

I’m sure Cook’s wife is not the first wife to tell her husband to stay in his job either, but can’t have done any harm. Sunny Gavaskar has called the Indian team inept and pathetic. Maybe they can make quite a nice living thanks very much back in the IPL, and test cricket is a chore. Despite the money out there, I don’t believe that’s the way they feel. I just know that when the tide turns against you, there is nothing you can do about it.

As I strolled up Harleyford Road past The Beehive, rammed with Cricket Supporters rather than the weekday spooks, I overheard an Indian supporter, “It will be better another day”. And it will. I turned around and smiled at him. Fans, supporters, fighters, lovers, we’ve all been there.

Well done England. Now get back in the nets, and whack the bowling machine up to 97mph. While you are at it, paint a tattoo on the white plastic.

 

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As a follower of the English cricket team, that was one long year! The waiting is over.

VICTORY!

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Jocelyn Galsworthy at work.

 

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Panama city.

I took the South Coast train to Hedge End, for the cricket last week. The test match was a massive success. Sure, ticket sales could have been increased but I think the ECB need to take a long hard look in the mirror, and calendar congestion needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency. Aside from this, Hooray!

Thank you Jimmy – and well done Mo. Maybe even Big Bad Boycs will hand you an endorsement. Don’t hold your breath.

Prior should have hung up his gloves at the end of last season, but we all do it, go chasing that last deal, that last sniff of glory, whatever it may be. Matt P was the real deal but this is a new era. Ballance, Buttler and Ali are the future.

There was not a session we didn’t dominate in the third test, and boy did that feel good after such a desperate winter of discontent.

Well done Captain Cook.

Well done India.

Four and a half days of to-ing and fro-ing, and tense, delicately poised cricket, and then an hour of buckling on the fifth day after lunch. Excruciating listening.  ‘Just what keeps you coming back tomorrow’ as Blowers said. Hmmm. What a shame for England.

Interesting that Geoff Boycott thinks it would be a sign of strength for Alistair Cook to resign rather than a sign of weakness, and thinks Cook is looking at it from the opposite (wrong) angle. Downton and the selectors will be having some long talks before Southampton. Vaughan obviously wants Cook to move on too. Looking forward to my trip down to the Rose Bowl next week. But Gordon Bennett, what a mess.