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Ashes 2015. The Pendulum Series (Again)

This Ashes Summer had many similarities with its 2009 counterpart. Six years ago Aussie batters occupied the top of the run charts but it was England who prevailed. As in 2009 England suffered a crushing defeat only to bounce back with a dominant performance of their own. Back in the day Broad blew the Australian … Continue reading

Bairstow Brilliance Seals Test Recall.

Seaside ton secures Jonny an Ashes call up as Ballance pays the price for technical flaws. North Marine Road Scarborough: Yorkshire beat Worcestershire by 7 wickets.  Liam Plunkett dismisses Brett D’Oliveira. Yorkshire survived a second innings wobble to chalk up a fifth successive County Championship victory and in so doing put themselves in the driving … Continue reading

Ashes 2015. Pessimism Loses as England Beat Australia by 169 at Cardiff.

Eighteen years of regular humiliation for England at the hands of their Australian cricketing rivals inculcates a particular brand of pessimism in the fans. A five nil drubbing down under last time out, allied to a dreadful World Cup and inconsistent performances against the W. Indies and New Zealand led me to predict a three … Continue reading

Does England Want to Win the Ashes 2015?

On the face of it this is a pretty stupid question as you would expect the answer to be obvious. But when you decide to leave out the best batsman ever to have donned an England cap then the question has to be asked. Yes Kevin Pietersen is arrogant, yes KP has made mistake after … Continue reading

England V India 2014 At Manchester. The Most Amazing Turnaround Ever?

If a week is a long time in politics then a fortnight is an eternity when it comes to cricket. Two weeks ago England crashed to their seventh defeat in  ten tests, not having prevailed since the Ashes Test at Durham a full twelve months previously. Cook’s batting and captaincy were in tatters and momentum … Continue reading

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Matt Prior?

England slumped to their 6th heaviest all time defeat when Jimmy Anderson was dismissed in a somehow inevitable comedy run out to complete a comprehensive Aussie victory at Brisbane. The reaction has been strange with pundits such as Mark Butcher and Michael Vaughan still predicting we will win the series, and this result is a … Continue reading

The Ashes: Headingley and St. John Fisher School, Hull. July 1981

Until it was usurped by the 2005 Series, the Ashes contest of 1981 is considered by the aficionados to have been the most exciting battle in the history of the England/Australia cricketing rivalry. Whilst it was a nail biting Summer, 1981 pales into insignificance when compared to England’s latest triumph for a number of reasons… … Continue reading

Piers Morgan’s Life Stories: Paul Gascoigne (ITV Player)

Paul Gascoigne recently appeared on Piers Moron’s Life Stories, which is generally a show that has “stars” revealing all and then shedding crocodile tears in a choreographed response to some shambolic piece of video. Gazza looks in a real mess, and swung behind denial about his alcoholism, and fantasism regarding his substance abuse. In addition … Continue reading

The Best England Cricket Team of the Past Thirty Five Years

Following on from England’s ascent to the top rank in Test cricket, this would be my ultimate Test 11 from the last thirty odd years of watching the trials and tribulations of our national team. There have been far more downs than ups, but due to the introduction of central contracts and the development of … Continue reading

Geoffrey Boycott Exposes General Prejudice About Depression.

Yorkshire and England cricket legend Geoffrey Boycott’s disgraceful remarks regarding all rounder Michael Yardy’s confirmation that he is suffering from chronic depression, encapsulate the prejudice surrounding this destructive and draining illness.  “He must have been reading my comments about his bowling – it must have upset him. “Obviously it was too much for him at this … Continue reading

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