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…..

Sunday, 11 November 2012

England tour of India 2012/13 - Pre-Test ramble

                           Two of our players, See no evil & hear no evil, fielding at 3rd man

As I was watching the BBC text of the final moments of our last warm up game this morning & the conclusion of yet another draw, thoughts began to turn towards the test match on Thursday. 
As is my eternal habit ( well except for those trips to the West Indies back in the 1980's) my optimism that we may achieve our first series win in India since the 1884/85 tour is suitably delusionaly sky high.

Jonathan Trott's century in the 2nd innings against Haryana ( ignoring the fact that this wasn't top class opposition) means now that all of England's potential top order have found some semblance of form in these warm-up matches. Of course, things will be rather different in the Tests…… well except for the baking heat and flat- as -a - pancake pitches that are enough to make any fast bowler weep into his breakfast bowl.

For a start our batsmen have to finally come up against India's specialist spinners. Conspiracy theorists will be interested to know that Amit Mishra didn't bowl at all in the second innings for Haryana. The 'spinning' issue also took a strange turn last week when the customary shy and retiring Graham Swann decided to speak out about India's spinners saying that we had nothing at all to fear from them……Great, well done Swanny. Thank god that pre-series predictions have never blown up in our faces before eh?……er?

The selection headache still revolves around the bowlers with Bresnan, Meaker and Panesar all picking up wickets and staking a place for Thursday's match.  Finn at least had no adverse reaction to bowling off his full run and with Broad apparently successfully testing out out his bruised heel by bowling in the nets for the first time makes it all the encouraging for England, but doubts still remain as to whether he and Finn can get match fit before Thursday. Cook confirmed afterwards that he wouldn't risk either of them unless they were 100% - though the fact that Broad is now vice-captain makes him pretty much a shoe-in even if there is still a small doubt of his fitness.

The big question ( well for me it is, I don't get out much) is the choice of opener. If my opinion was worth anything - which thankfully it isn't as my " What the hell is Andy Flower ever going to do as coach for England?" statement will quite clearly testify to -   Mr Compton may be the ideal choice to open with Cook - but don't let anyone know I said that eh?….i don't want to curse the boy before his Test career has yet begun.

BTW, the final warm game has just finished - shock, horror……. it was a draw.


  1. I know Mr (Lord) Gower has grey hair, but I didn't realise it was because he's been on this earth for over 100 years. I believe he was the last Englishman to lead the team to a glorious victory on Indian soil, but I hadn't realised he'd done it in the 19th century!!
    P.S. Enjoying the blog. Keep up the good work young man.

  2. Thank you Mr A - everyone can make a mistake, as you know I'm rather good at them!
    Note to self: thoroughly check & proof read one's blog whilst not trying to watch the Rugby Union international in future .....