January Blues

Research suggests January is the most depressing month in the calendar. After the wonderful Christmas festivities and boozing, going back to school/work on a freezing January morning when the sun has not even risen is just not how life should be lived. It is the English cricket fans that will get the worst of it.…

Vastly improved England robbed of win by Cyclone

England’s impressive display over 3 and a half days was a vast improvement on the first test but a washed out last day now leaves the last test as a ‘winner takes all’ contest in Auckland. A valiant hundred from Nick Compton lead England’s assault with the bat as Trott (121), Prior (82) and Pietersen…

Nightwatchmen: The unexpected heros

After Steven Finn’s heroics with his (un-sponsored) bat last week in Dunedin, I put my thoughts back to the best nightwatchman innings of all time, I’m sure you all know who I am talking about. As well as how disappointed thankful James Anderson will be at relinquishing the post. Finn, the 6″8 Middlesex bowler, held out for…

Homeworkgate splits Australian camp

The Dictionary definition says the suffix ‘-gate’ should be used for ‘a public scandal’. With Australia banning 4 players for ‘not doing their homework’, President Nixon has competition for the biggest scandal of modern history. Even rivaling John Terry’s ‘Wife-Bonkinggate’, Oscar Pistorius’ ‘Your-Blades-Are-Too-Longgate’ and of course, not forgetting Alan Stanford’s ‘Stealing-Prickgate’… Australia have dropped two front…

Australia dominate on Indian soil

Australia’s men’s team may pass their women’s team on the way to India and will aim to replicate their performances as they look for a Test series win in one of the toughest countries to travel to in the world, India. Australia’s Women brought to an end what was a great World Cup with a…

McCullum and Franklin blitz England

Two members of the New Zealand side with 310 ODI appearances between them starred as New Zealand fought fire with fire in Hamilton and came out victors by 55 runs. England could only manage two maximums (one from number 9 James Tredwell), while New Zealand struck 10 with captain Brendon McCullum clearing the ropes five times. After the onslaught…