Today is a very big day for English cricket and that’s why the selectors have been so safe with the squad they have chosen for the game against Scotland in Aberdeen.
Some years ago it was my task, on behalf of a group of reporters covering a county cricket match at the Oval, to approach one of the umpires after close of play to ask why he had felt it necessary to step in when one of the Surrey batsmen squared up to a couple of the Gloucestershire players that afternoon.
ASHLEY Giles suggested this week that it was too soon to consider James Vince as a potential Test batsman – but the man himself disagrees. Adamant, in fact, that he couldn’t be more ready.
Central – Hertfordshire broke their duck finally against a self destructing Norfolk who contributed 22 wides and a last over of 18, losing by 25 runs.
ROYAL LONDON, the UK’s leading life and pensions company, launched its sponsorship of one-day cricket yesterday at Covent Garden with a host of domestic cricket stars.
AS Oscar Wilde’s Lady Bracknell said in The Importance Of Being Earnest: “To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.”
FEW can present quite such a compelling case for inclusion in Peter Moores’ new-look England fold than James Taylor and the Nottinghamshire star insists he merits a second chance.
FRIDAY nights will mean one thing this summer – Natwest T20 Blast cricket!
NEW ROAD has a special name for Moeen Ali. They’re calling him “The Beard That’s Feared”. It’s on the board at the Black Pear Refreshment stall at the back of the Basil D’Oliveira Stand and, much to the delight of the chap in the Worcestershire Club Shop under the new hotel, it’s on the T-shirts he was selling at a healthy rate during their first home match of the season against Kent.
THE happiest image of a good week for county cricket was that of Alastair Cook celebrating his century against Derbyshire at Chelmsford with a rock-the-baby salute to his new daughter, giving a whole new meaning to Graham Gooch’s favourite term: “Daddy hundred”.
DESPITE an impressive 584 first-class wickets taken with brisk fast-medium, it was Mark Robinson’s unfortunate fate to be famed most for his dreadful batting.
KENT celebrated their centenary in 1970 and it appeared that there would be little to celebrate by July 1 when they were bottom of the County Championship.
IT’S THAT time of year again where I make myself look silly by giving my predictions for the summer ahead. It’s been a winter to forget but I can’t remember the last time there was this much excitement and anticipation for a county season.
FOR a glimpse of what England hope their post-KP future in the Test arena might look like, it is worth casting a glance back to what happened after he announced he was quitting one-day cricket two summers ago.
Fantasy Club Cricket is offering your club the opportunity to set up and run your own fantasy league, and it’s all online in a modern, responsive website!
To say the Ashes didn’t quite go to plan would be an understatement to rival the suggestion that Jesse Ryder may enjoy a quiet beer or two from time to time.
THE 2014 season is all about one thing for Kent opener Sam Northeast – responsibility.
MOEEN ALI’S ascension into the England ranks should act as an inspiration to the rest of the New Road squad for the coming season, according to captain Daryl Mitchell.
LAST year’s fifth-place finish might look like a disappointment on paper for Middlesex, particularly considering they were third in 2012 – their first year back in the top flight.
The last time England were hammered 5-0 by Australia, the England and Wales Cricket Board responded by commissioning a report from Ken Schofield, the former executive director of golf’s European Tour, into how and why it happened and he responded with a 19-point plan to overhaul English cricket intended to make sure it never happened again.
OUT with the old and in with the new, Glamorgan’s Jim Allenby is adamant a fresh era of success is finally getting started in Wales.
Guest column from Lancashire batsman Paul Horton THIS time of year is always exciting for the 350 or so professional […]
By Charlie Talbot-Smith ENGLAND hopefuls Nick Compton and Craig Kieswetter know that a strong start to the summer could breathe […]
By Richard Rae SITTING in the Barbados sun, Chris Wright has his injury problems of 2013 firmly in perspective. In […]
RISHMAR Santokie’s performance in the second t20 international in Barbados highlighted exactly where England are going wrong. Here’s a bowler […]