1st Test in NZ

The fact that you can dip in and out of a Test over the course of five days, even if rain has played a massive part, is why I love Test cricket.

ENG bowled out for a miserable 58 on the first day, have lost Root to the last ball of Day 4.  He will be seething.

A draw is still possible. Got to love Test Cricket.

Thanks KP!

Literally one of the greats retires from Cricket. Cricket is a team game but without KP at the Oval in 2005, we would not have had a chance. Brought a positivity to batting that had been lying dormant for years. Bravo.

The Ashes – Post 2

New Year – New Blog Post.

After losing The Ashes in Perth before Christmas it was a shame that the MCG hosted a dead rubber. There will always be those that insist Cook’s 244* at the ‘G’ was just as important in the scheme of things, but we all know if he had performed  in such fine form in any of those first three tests, the contest could still be alive. Still, he has publicly said that is something he is going to have to live with for a very long time, and it will weigh heavy.

The excruciating thing is, this was by no means an invincible Australian team, and the English cricket team came so close on numerous occasions. It just goes to show the importance of stringing together two winning sessions. There are, as ever, a lot of ‘ifs and buts’, and during the Boxing Day test we may have ended up with another result had the rain not played a part.

England go to Sydney knowing that if they can just get the important wicket of Steve Smith early they will be in with a chance.

Happy New Year!

The Ashes Post 1

I have held off, but literally wtf. The hype, the knock-outs, the tension.

For three days in Brisbane we were holding our own. It was a fight. Then we threw it away.

With the Aussie press publishing lines like ‘Bore-Me Army’, you knew we are getting under their skins. That is where you need them. The Aussies are very quick to turn on their own, and that was the first sign.

It was sad to see such a huge loss (10 Wkts).

Waking to the Aussies having taken it from 209-4 overnight in Adelaide, to a total in excess of 400, I just thought ‘Shit’.

From McGrath saying, ‘9 times out of 10 you bat, and on the one time you are questioning it, question it again, and bat'; to Vaughan saying ‘Don’t look up, look down'; to Aggers commenting on the Ashes being eight days in and we are already possibly starring down a barrel, I am not filled with confidence.

Still, it’s time to put things right. We have not won in Perth since 1978 – and it is time to!

Forget the ‘headbutts’, forget the Canterbury debuts, this is a matter of pride, and England are in a desperate situation right now.

Everyone talks about always finding the positives – the English team just need to make their own. No ifs, no buts.

2-1 ENG v WI

Farewell Blowers, you will be missed so.

Flicked on Sky to see the Don of Cricket Commentators doing a lap of honour. Rightly so. 45 years is a huge achievement and I for one will miss his creamy tones.

Well done Jimmy on taking 500 test wickets. Great to cap it with the name on the honours board for 7-42 in the second innings.

Stokes was the man who did the damage initially (6-22) and held his nerve during the batting too. It would be truly fantastic to see him in action in The Ashes come Boxing Day. All rounders like him do not come along that often.

A small shame the second test was not a little more of a nail-biter. I will forever remember listening to Hope and Chase (names as representative in their field as Bernie Madoff was in his) hold their nerve. Dad and I listened to some groovy Calypso commentary under a flapping awning in the Northern Spanish sun a few weeks ago.

A good series but let us not forget the poor souls suffering from the damage Hurricane Irma has caused in the Caribbean.

Not so snookered on the pink.

We’ll drink a drink a drink a drink to Lily the Pink the Pink the Pink…. the savior of our human race…. la la la. It seems red ball or pink, we are on our game. I was looking forward to watching Cook hit that triple ton, but it wasn’t to be. He must love batting at Edgbaston, having scored 294 there only a matter of months ago. 243 is no mean feat.

What a result. In the first day/night test ever to be played on these shores, England emphatically won. Anderson picked up 3-34 in the first Windies innings and Broad mirrored these figures once England enforced the follow on. Sky TV  put a little edited highlights together to the soundtrack of ‘Dancing in the Moonlight’.

Not since sometime in the 60s, when Truman and Statham were charging in from either end have England had their number one and two all time wicket takers bowling together. 19 wickets fell in the day, pitiful for the Windies, but good to see England playing so well.