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…

Let the Ashes-fever… Begin!

On the 7th of January 2011, a victorious England team left the field of the Sydney Cricket Ground after completing an innings victory and winning the Ashes 3-1 in Australia. A journey that started at the Brisbane Cricket Ground in Woolloogabba two months earlier, finished with Andrew Strauss’ crowning moment as England captain. On July the 10th…

Sahwag dominates England as Swann surpasses Laker

Highlights of the first days play can be seen here: England toiled in the sun as India proved their quality against a depleted England pace attack with only Graeme Swann looking potent. The quicks only ever looked like taking a wicket in the first five overs before the shine was taken off the ball and the wicket…

Compton proves his worth in final warm up game

Nick Compton hit 74 and 79 against Haryana to cement his place at the top of the order and become the immediate successor to ex-England captain Andrew Strauss. This is Compton’s third half century in a row and it seems he has found form after starting the tour with a Duck and a single. This…

Poll: Who should open with Captain Cook?

With the India series fast approaching, Alastair Cook has said in the press that the other openers spot is up for grabs and they have not yet decided who will partner him. It seems England have 3 possible options, however, only Johnathan Trott has any test match experience and only Joe Root opens for his county…

Nick Compton and Joe Root: How will the new boys cope?

In this headline I use ‘boys’ very loosely. Compton was 29 in the summer. Joe Root just about merits the term as he nears his 22nd birthday but it is a category he will soon leave. Both players saw fantastic seasons, despite weather favouring the bowlers Compton still managed six short of 1500 runs and Root picked up the PCA…

Pietersen added to England squad for India Tour

The ECB confirmed today that after KP’s talks with Andy Flower, Alastair Cook and other senior players in Oxford in his break from the Champions League in South Africa, Pietersen will travel with the England team for the Test series with India. They also added that all players originally chosen will travel out as planned with Pietersen joining them after…