A little bit about me and my little blog

This is by far not the first cricket blog to be written and it certainly won't be the last (or necessarily the best). But it's mine.

This is mainly an excuse for me to carry on about a sport that has been something of an obsession since I was knee high to a middle stump. An obsession which has never left throughout the many highs (behave, there have been some) and lows (and boy have there been many of those…..) of being and England cricket fan in the years since.

The views and opinions in this blog are entirely my own. Sometimes light-hearted, occasionally irreverent, hopefully never offensive.

What gives this fool the right to have an opinion on this great sport? Where are his credentials I hear you ask? Well I think my catch at mid-on in the inter-house final at Heath Grammar school in 1981 speaks for itself…..

Friday, 2 November 2012

England tour of India 2012/13 - Part 2

Well that's the first of the warm up games and it seems that some semblance of normality is returning to life as an England cricket fan. In other words some things never really change. 

KP returned to the England side for the first time since 'Textgate' and was back to doing what he can do best - a quick fire explosive innings with lots of 'oomph' .....then getting himself out to spin.
Then there was the mandatory injury scare to one of our potential 1st team players - this time it was the turn of Steve Finn's name to come up on the injury scare roster after straining his right thigh. The rumour that this was done shortly after he received a text from a Mr A. Strauss asking him to give a certain team-mate a good kicking has yet to be confirmed. In the name of fairness I must keep that player's identity anonymous and rearrange the initials of his name to PK.
Yes there was a good deal to be positive about after the 1st warm up game ended in a draw. Cook and Patel scored a hatful of runs and our bowlers had a good run out. Though our inability to knock over the lower order once again when the hard work has been done up front reared its ugly head. India A were reduced to 190 for six after lunch on the opening day of the first warm-up match only for a 110 run seventh-wicket partnership. We need to re-learn the art of keeping ones foot on ones opponents throat.

Perhaps the best sign of normality returning was the news that the broadcasting issues with the Indian authorities have now been resolved. Funny that.
It had been feared the Test Match Special team would be denied access because of a demand for a reported £50,000 facility fee. It has not been disclosed whether the BBC has agreed to pay more to cover the four-Test series.
According to the to BBC  "Test Match Special will broadcast England's cricket tour of India from the grounds after agreement was reached with all parties," a spokesman said.

So in celebration ( or in some cases, that could be commemoration) of the prospect of full & live commentary from both Sky and Test match special, here is my short musings on some of the names that we all know from the wonderful world of Cricket commentary and analysis. Soon be assaulting our senses in the next few weeks. 

Sky Sports

David Gower

Nice guy, one of my all-time cricket heroes who finally after all these years seems to be growing into his hair. He does have the habit of asking questions and making points in 175 word - sentences when just 10 or so words could do the trick, but otherwise a solid and dependable anchor.

Ian Botham

Again, one of my all-time cricket heroes, in fact probably THE boyhood sporting hero of mine. However he seems to have taken up the mantle that Fred Trueman had on TMS, namely regularly spouting how better/fitter/faster/entertaining/less likely to bowl no-balls etc etc they were in their day. Also, someone should tell Ian that it's all right to agree occasionally with the Captains field positions and that his actual captaincy record of played 12 - lost 12, is actually pants.

Michael Atherton

I once remember him saying towards the end of his fine playing career that the last thing he wanted was to be another ex-England captain constantly criticising the current one on tv. Well he's actually rather bloody good at what he does, always fair to the England captain, gets to the point and doesn't just say things to be confrontational. He does have one annoying habit of continually talking & laughing off-microphone to whoever is also in the box - so stop it, it's rude.

David Lloyd

Often given the job as resident clown in the commentary box but is far more knowledgable than sometimes given credit for. Yes he is probably certifiably insane but he's also a gifted speaker and always fair. Terrifically entertaining.

Bob Willis

Staring at the camera with that 'smile' on your face is creepy Bob. Stop it. 

Nick Knight

Simply stop.

Test Match Special

Now following more than ever the method of Sky in possibly over employing any ex-professional at the expense of having any broadcasting expertise. But still wonderful

Jonathan Agnew

A terrific commentator and broadcaster, the perfect successor to Brian Johnson whom he worshipped. More acerbic and controversial though than Jonners ever was, but a true broadcasting professional who would have succeeded in any cricketing era.

Henry Blofeld

I don't know much about buses, but what i do know i've learnt from listening to 'Blowers' describe them as they pass the ground during commentary on the radio all these years.  A true thow-back to a bygone cricketing era, always charming, enthusiastic, knowledgable and entertaining.

Geoffrey Boycott

Oh Geoffrey, a shy, retiring, a man with a million friends in his profession and always polite Geoffrey. Well thats enough of my uncle, Geoff Taylor. Onto Mr Boycott. 
Yes, another cricketing hero and often much maligned. He is often rude, he is often prone to 'betting his house' on a result, likes to bash the Aussies ( not such a bad thing) and doesn't half bang on about his corridor of uncertaintly. But I love him.

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