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…..

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Tour of New Zealand 2013 - part 1

You may or may not have noticed that it's a wee while since I've blogged about gods own game and his very own team that plays it, well lets just say that other less important elements (work, family etc) have had a bit of an impact on ones cricket blogging time. In fact the blog entry I made in celebration of Captain Magnificent and his band of brothers securing the first Test series win in India since the fall of the Roman empire was indeed my last musing…..and that seems like eons ago, as plenty of water has passed under the International Cricketing bridge since then.

Perhaps it's a good thing that I haven't been ably to talk much about the return to India after the Christmas hols for the one day international series. In fact, I'm going to employ a tried and tested approach often used by fans of the England Cricket team. Namely, I will ignore that the ODI's took place, in essence airbrushing the details from my cricketing memory. Can this be done? Should this be done? I hear you asking these questions and I understand your point, I really do…..

However, think on this. This won't be the first time, for the sake of ones cricketing sanity that airbrushing a match or indeed an entire series from ones consciousness has been done. Just ask me or the majority of English cricket fans what took place in the Australian 2006/2007 tour and I guarantee you that you'll be met with incredulous looks with people trying desperately to fill in the gap of a missing Test series. Some of my Australian friends will try to help me locate these memories with words such as 'whitewash' and 'thrashing'. This often has no effect so more elaborate efforts are usually made with prompts such as 'The Harmison ball', 'Flintoff's inept captaincy' or the tried and tested 'we regained the Ashes with a unheralded 5-0 series sweep and beat the crap out of you Poms'…….with still no effect. It beats the heck out of me, I can remember 'The greatest series of all time in the summer of 2006' and I can recall with great love the regaining of the Ashes in 2009. So something MUST have happened in-between…..bugger me if i can remember though.

So, according to my memory banks, the tour to India finished just before Christmas with a resounding Test series win and, er, the boys returned home to ready themselves for the much anticipated tour of New Zealand' for which they leave at the end of January. 

I seriously can't wait. Three Test matches and some other less relevant forms of cricket just before that. All wrapped up in a television friendly and DRS embracing feel good love-in. Bring on the black caps.


England Test squad for New Zealand: AKA The proper cricket squad: 

Alastair Cook (capt), Nick Compton, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Matt Prior, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Steven Finn, James Anderson, Monty Panesar, Graham Onions.

England ODI squad for New Zealand: AKA The less than proper cricket squad:

Alastair Cook (captain), James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Steven Finn, James Harris, Eoin Morgan, Samit Patel, Joe Root, Graeme Swann, James Tredwell, Jonathan Trott, Chris Woakes.

England Twenty20 squad for New Zealand: AKA The slog in the park on the way home from school squad 

Stuart Broad (captain), Jonny Bairstow, Danny Briggs, Jos Buttler, Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Michael Lumb, Stuart Meaker, Eoin Morgan, Samit Patel, James Tredwell, Chris Woakes, Luke Wright. 

Full schedule

January 29 England arrive in Auckland


v New Zealand XI, Whangarei (T20 warm-up)

v New Zealand XI, Whangarei (T20 warm-up)

1st Twenty20 international, Auckland (d/n) (06:00 GMT)

12 2nd Twenty20 international, Hamilton (d/n) (06:00 GMT)

15 3rd Twenty20 international, Wellington (Westpac Stadium) (d/n) (06:00 GMT)

17 1st ODI, Hamilton (d/n) (01:00 GMT)

20 2nd ODI, Napier (d/n) (01:00 GMT)

23 3rd ODI, Auckland (d/n) (01:00 GMT)

27-2 Mar v New Zealand XI, Queenstown (21:30 GMT, 26 Feb-1 Mar)


6-10 1st Test, Dunedin (21:30 GMT, 5-9 Mar)

14-18 2nd Test, Wellington (Basin Reserve) (21:30 GMT, 13-17 Mar)

22-26 3rd Test, Auckland (21:30 GMT, 21-25 Mar)