India’s technical flaws are coming to the fore
Aug19

India’s technical flaws are coming to the fore

Test cricket is just that, a ‘Test’. The greatest test between bat and ball, and thus, the greatest test of a batsman’s technique. The English conditions also provide the toughest surroundings for the technique of a batsman, with the prevalence of swing, seam and latterly spin challenging the bat across every ball of a Test match. A flaw in a batsman will often be found out by bowlers, and in the current series...

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India could struggle to level the series after Old Trafford capitulation
Aug09

India could struggle to level the series after Old Trafford capitulation

After Lord’s, India did not expect this. They did not expect to be 2-1 down with one test to play. They did not expect to have virtually all of their top order batsmen out of form. They did not expect England’s “part-time” off-spinner to be out bowling their more vaunted spinners. However, all of these things are true after the capitulation at Old Trafford. It is hard to see how India can re-group and beat a...

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England’s One-Day side must learn from Lions’ success
Aug07

England’s One-Day side must learn from Lions’ success

Often described as ‘passive’ or ‘attritional’, English cricket sometimes struggles to get out of first gear. Over time some great, livewire, exciting cricketers have served England but for every Freddie Flintoff, there is a Geoff Boycott, a Chris Tavare or a Jonathan Trott. The current ODI side is no different, featuring Alastair Cook, Ian Bell, Joe Root and, to a lesser extent, Gary Ballance, inside the top 5. Despite having good...

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Excellent England are finally on the road to recovery
Jul31

Excellent England are finally on the road to recovery

It has been along time coming but England finally have a test win under their belt in 2014. More amazingly, it was actually a very empathic one. After a year of discontent, it was almost expected that England would drag this victory out, that India would bat into the final session and makes things incredibly tense. But no, it was all over before lunch. #452968504 / gettyimages.com That things ended so quickly on day five suggests...

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Directionless England need major changes
Jul21

Directionless England need major changes

To put it plainly and simply, England need a change. This current madness can’t go on. In four tests this summer, England have been out played by two sub-continental sides who are good but by no means world beaters. England’s much vaunted seam attack have been out-bowled by the likes of Dhammika Prasad and Ishant Sharma, bowlers who before they met England were considered pretty ordinary. Yes Sri Lanka and India have...

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England vs India: Should Simon Kerrigan play at Lord’s?
Jul16

England vs India: Should Simon Kerrigan play at Lord’s?

Ahead of the 2nd Test at Lord’s, debate has been raging about England’s spinner issue. Or lack of a quality spinner issue. England have played their last 3 tests on slow, low pitches more suited to the sub-continent than England. Their tactic of using Moeen Ali as their main spinner hasn’t worked so far and England appear to have acknowledged this by picking Simon Kerrigan in their squad for the 2nd Test. Debate has...

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