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, 4 June 2016

England v Sri Lanka: 3rd Test pre-amble

A version of this article also appears on the Blasting News platform - if you are so inclined you can access my pearls of wisdom (sic) on cricket and other matters via my Blasting News profile RIGHT HERE.


Lord's will witness whether Captain Cook and the rest of the England cricket team can achieve a 3-0 series clean sweep.

The Test series so far has seen Sri Lanka comprehensively outplayed for the vast majority of the first Test at Headingley, and the first half of the second Test match. However, the England cricket team being, well, the England cricket team meant that a fair degree of confidence will have worked it's way through the tourists after their formidable fight back in their second innings at Durham. The Lord's batting-friendly pitch will surely mean that whichever batting team holds their nerve will surely have the upper hand.

Captain Cook - record breaker

You know, it still beggars belief that after the Durham Test match Alistair Cook was still receiving a distinct lack of respect from some quarters (yes Pierce Morgan, I'm talking about you). Putting aside his Ashes and other Test match winning record as captain his record as a batsman reached a pivotal milestone in the 2nd Test, and with it garnered a slew of other record-breaking achievements. Just think about this for a moment; The youngest player (beating Sachin Tendulkar's record by six months) to reach 10,000; the first Englishman and only the 12th batsman in the history of the game to reach that total. 

If that wasn't enough only one other opener in cricket history has achieved the milestone..... well actually it's not enough as I could also add that he's scored more runs as England captain then any of his predecessors after recently surpassing Michael Atherton. And yet, and yet..........

I can't help but feeling that in some quarters the praise has been somewhat muted. Maybe it's because he may not be the most flamboyant of batsman (and men), maybe it's because he's calmly methodical and has clearly identified his limitations, or maybe it's simply because he's not Kevin Pietersen. The fact is that he

C'mon people, he's a bona fide cricketing great. Let's treat him like one.

Another catch bites the dust

The 2nd Test was going swimmingly for the first two days having been shredded for a paltry 101 all out and then having the England batsmen pile on the ignominy by declaring on 498 for 9 as Moeen Ali finally had the chance to remind is that he was actually picked as a batsman in the first place with a classy 155 not out. 

However it seems that old Cricket habits take an age to die as England began to forfeit the momentum that had been gained so far. It was partly due to a combination of loose England catching as Jonny Barstow forgot that wearing keeping gloves actually helps to keep hold of straightforward watched and James Vince forgetting that running backwards may actually inhibit one from catching a cricket ball. This lead to Sri Lanka skilfully giving the English fielders some of their own medicine as they accumulated that confidence raising total of 475 to make England bat again.

And so to Lord's

The 3rd and final test match starts this Thursday at Lord's. Sri Lanka have been forced into at least one change having called up uncapped owler Chaminda Bandara for the game to replace Dushmantha Chamber, who suffered an injury in the previous meeting. So what will the final match bring? 

We all know that the Lord's pitch is traditionally batsman friendly, but of course there is the small matter of the slope which has often caught even the most experienced of players out over the years. The 'home of cricket though hasn't always been kind to our boys and visiting teams annoyingly seem to be inspired by the history and surroundings and have often given us a bit of a mullering  - I hate it when that happens.

A word of warning to Sri Lanka

Yes it may be that the tourists are on a high after the 2nd Test, but there is the little matter of Jimmy Anderson, because not only does he love Lord's but he's further bolstered by now becoming only the fourth England bowler to head the Test bowler rankings reaching 451 wickets in the 2nd Test. So watch out Sri Lanka, Jimmy's gonna getcha!!




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