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“500-1: The Miracle of Headingley ’81”, by Rob Steen and Alastair McLellan

To celebrate England’s stunning annihalation of Australia down under, I decided to delve back into Ashes History… 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 … Continue reading

Ashes 2009: The Pendulum Series.

If you sat down without knowing the outcome, viewed the stats for most runs and most wickets in the series and were posed the question “Who won this series?” then the answer would have to be Australia by a country mile. England skipper Andrew Strauss topped the Most Runs category with 474 at an average … Continue reading

First Ashes Test at Cardiff. Match Drawn

Cricket produces all kinds of daft superstitions. In my distinctly average career it was left pad on first, not putting my gloves on until I was ready to actually face, and most annoyingly for my partner (Steve Grima) I always had to take the first ball when opening the batting . Pertinent to today’s bone fide miracle at … Continue reading

ICC World Twenty 20: England Crash and Burn

Mr Tait and I spent a fantastic day at the T20 World Cup, this being my first visit to Trent Bridge since it’s revamp, and it’s a cracking place to watch cricket as the facilities are first class but it doesn’t seem to have that stadium feel which is a blight at Headingley.   The draw … Continue reading

Andrew Strauss: The Man to Regain the Ashes

It was my contention way back in 2006 that Andrew Strauss should have been appointed full time Test captain having guided England to a two (the Oval “victory” having been rescinded by the ICC after a review of the ball tampering affair that led to England being awarded the match) nil victory over Pakistan.   … Continue reading

Why Michael Vaughan and Kevin Pietersen Would Be the Dream Team

I wrote this late last night, but couldn’t post. Prescient, eh?   It is now apparent to the World and his Wife that the relationship between England Skipper Kevin Pietersen and Coach Peter Moores is broken beyond repair, and the dressing room leaked like a sieve in this weekend’s press. Even if the Baggy Greens … Continue reading

Farewell Michael Vaughan. Pietersen is Folly. Where is Owais Shah?

I spent the duration of the last Test in Ireland, and having decided to just rely on close of play texts from Birmingham I hoped for a stress free break from the game that if truth be known, I love the most despite being saddled with Yorkshire and England as my teams for life.   … Continue reading

Twenty/20 Quarter Final. Durham (163/8) Beat Glamorgan 119) by 44 Runs

This fixture was meant to involve Yorkshire, but in true ECB style it was called off with five minutes to go over a row involving the Tykes fielding Aseem Raffiq in the crucial group victory over Notts, who it turned out was ineligible.   I have no problem with Yorkshire being chucked out of the … Continue reading

S.Africa (522 and 9/0) Beat England (203 and 327) by Ten Wickets. Thrashed.

What narks me most about this heavy defeat is it’s depressing inevitability, and the fact that even a two pence so called pundit like me could have called it this way.   The inertia within the batting line up resulting from a thumb sucking comfort zone mentality, results in the afflictions of the ‘Nineties being … Continue reading

Darren Pattinson. What This Tells Us About Domestic English Cricket

A 28-year-old roofer from Melbourne is plucked from Grade cricket to make his Pura Cup debut for Victoria, and just eleven First Class games later he finds himself lining up for the country he left behind at the age of five in the 2008 Headingley Test against South Africa.   Grimsby born Darren Pattinson’s story … Continue reading

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