What can I say? I’m as far removed as can be from the world of cricket, but just about manage to get news through the internet of what the hell is going on in AUS and NZ. I did not think performances could get any worse than being beaten in under 15 overs by NZ, but evidently I’m wrong. Poor old Root posts 121, the team scramble above 300, and then lose by 9 wickets. Gobsmacked.


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.