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…

England Players: Winning, Losing and Complaining

First blood Australia as their ‘A’ team beats the England Lions in the first One-Day at Hobart. While England players ask for higher payments to put them on equal terms with their Australian counter-parts, who earn millions through participation in the Big Bash League and the IPL. Shaun Marsh hit a 128 ball hundred as…

IPL auction could cause tension at Nottinghamshire

Nottinghamshire are the only English club that have not released their players to feature in the IPL auction for this year. This means two players who were likely to get lucrative offers in Mumbai on the 3rd of February will not have the chance to gain a big money deal. Alex Hales and Michael Lumb are two…

Graham for Graham: Stumpy takes shorter-format work from Gooch

The man who took the nickname ‘Stumpy’ while playing cricket professionally, Graham Thorpe, will take the reigns as batting coach for the ODI and twenty20 squads for the foreseeable future as England separate squads, as well as coaching staff for the longer and shorter formats. He will replace Graham Gooch who many, especially Captain Cook, pin their success on his coaching.…

England Team for 4th ODI

Ashley Giles has once again missed my blog post about how Matt Prior should be playing One-Day International cricket as he replaces the misfiring Craig Kieswetter with Jos Buttler. This is a choice I am perfectly happy with as, especially in the one-day and twenty20 formats, Buttler has shown some serious potential that is slowly…

Focus: Matt Prior

With Craig Kieswetter looking to be walking a tight rope with keeping the gloves on for England under Ashley Giles I thought I would do a profile on his likely replacement. The silent protector that is Matt Prior. Batting and fielding averages Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct…

England triumphant in India for the first time in 28 years

The main praise must be landed with Alastair Cook. I can’t remember any captain having a better first tour. He led from the front and the other players in England’s morale cracked team followed, well and truly restoring unity in the confidence in the squad. The final test finished with the Warwickshire lads Trott and Bell both striking hundreds…