WHATEVER Michael Vaughan, Graeme Swann, Geoffrey Boycott or Kevin Pietersen think, those who really matter in the debate over Alastair Cook’s place in England’s ODI plans have spoken.
On the Spot – Matt Dunn, Surrey Fast Bowler. Date of Birth: 05/05/1992 Marital Status: Girlfriend (Jessica). Previous Clubs: Egham.
ROB WHITE: The ex-Northants batsman picks the best XI he has played with and against
Turn the clock back to Jason Gillespie’s darkest hour on these shores and anyone asking him in that moment if he fancied coaching England could only have been taking the mick.
The banning from Test cricket of Derek Underwood, Bob Woolmer and Asif Iqbal was probably the best thing that could have happened to Kent in 1978.
HE might not be a clone but Jason Roy is as close to being a replica of Kevin Pietersen as it is possible to be.
It has been extremely satisfying as a current Minor Counties cricketer seeing players like Shropshire’s Richard Oliver (Worcestershire) and Hertfordshire’s Tanveer Sikander (Essex) break into the first-class game this season.
JAMIE Overton is better known for his bowling on the first-class circuit, but he showed he is no slouch with the bat –blasting 142 not out off just 55 balls in North Devon’s four-wicket win against Devon Premier League champions Sidmouth.
There have been some trying times for Leicestershire in the last couple of years but this week has been a particularly tough one to take – on and off the pitch – and something has to change.
Ah, the innocence of youth. Lord knows what Alastair Cook, Peter Moores, James Whitaker and Paul Downton would have made of such thoughts, but it took the teenage progeny of a colleague to put in a nutshell what many currently feel about England’s 50 over performances.
Turning off the M5, and nosing through untimely roadworks on the approach to this now sprawling market town, a certain dread assailed me.
A ROLLERCOASTER season has come full circle for Laurie Evans and the Warwickshire batsman admits that at his lowest ebb he did entertain the idea of leaving the county this summer.
After a hectic Test series I’m not on the schedule for the first two ODIs and that means missing a trip to one of my favourite cities, Cardiff. Before that the teams head to Bristol on Monday and I’d love to give some tips about where to head to but I’ve simply not spent enough time in the city.
IT IS one of my favourite days of the year next Saturday – t20 finals day and I’m thrilled it’s back at Edgbaston. It ticks all the boxes for me: a good central location that everyone can travel to in a day, a good wicket and a fantastic stadium, with a brilliant atmosphere.
THERE has not been too much in the way of good news for Leicestershire in recent weeks, but confirmation that Angus Robson has signed a new one-year contract could mark a turning point in the Foxes’ fortunes.
SAY WHAT you like about Jade Dernbach but at least the man is consistent.
DUE to an unfortunate printing error, some of the clues for the crossword in today’s The Cricket Paper were the same as last week’s.
TICKETS are now on sale for the inaugural Nordoff Robbins Cricket Day hosted by Lancashire CCC and England bowler James Anderson.
Not that Alex Hales, James Vince, Jason Roy and their Lions colleagues need it spelled out, but England selector Mick Newell sees no point in trying to minimise the size of the prize up for grabs in the current tri-series against their Sri Lanka and New Zealand counterparts.
Team selection is a window into the mind of the skipper, and Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s team selection for the fourth Test told me that he had winning the match his priority.
India will be looking to tie things up when they take to Headingley Stadium to face England in what is the last meeting of the five game test series.
GLOUCESTERSHIRE banished the myth that you don’t win anything with kids long before Sir Alex Ferguson and his team of Manchester United youngsters won the Premier League.
KENT opener Tammy Beaumont has called on her side to complete a dream week by securing their third major trophy on Sunday, following their Royal London One-Day Cup and Women’s Championship double.
BEDFORDSHIRE are without a Championship win since July 2010 but captain Andrew Reynoldson is certain it’s on the way.
If Alastair Cook had written the script for the third Test he would have struggled to include many more positives for his England side without it simply looking like a work of fantasy.