Archive for February, 2009

Sarwan wicket key to victory hopes

Ramnaresh Sarwan has no doubt been the most in form player in any shirt, in this series. Averaging 102, scoring over 90 in all 3 innings, including two centuries, if anyone is going to stand in England’s way, it’s Sarwan. So how do you get him out? (more…)

February 26, 2009 at 11:55 am 1 comment

Bopara ton likely to be in vain

Ravi Bopara was called up from the Lions tour to New Zealand, along with Amjad Khan as cover for the injured Andrew Flintoff. A terrific knock of 124 off 125 balls against the Barbados CA XI, couldn’t have done his hopes of selection any harm. However, with yet another flat Caribbean pitch it is likely that Bopara will miss out. (more…)

February 23, 2009 at 12:56 pm Leave a comment

England lions hoping to stake claim

The England lions will arrive in New Zealand this week to start a two month long tour. After witnessing the amazing collapse by England in the first test, there will be a couple of players who know that now is a good time to show the selectors of their ability. (more…)

February 11, 2009 at 1:08 pm 1 comment

How do you respond to 51 all out?

Bell fails again

If you were the management or captain watching over as England collapsed to 51 all out in Jamaica, how would you respond? Would you go for the wholesale changes option or do you stick with the same players to put it right. The messages from the England camp suggest that the most likely option to be undertaken is the second one, with a possible change in the bowling line-up depending on conditions. (more…)

February 10, 2009 at 11:29 am 4 comments

Flintoff and Pietersen are the most expensive IPL players

Both Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen went to their respective franchises for $1.55m, to become the most expensive IPL cricket 09¬†players. In an amazing event 5 of the 7 England players were brought in the auction for higher than their base price. Only Samit Patel and Luke Wright ended as the unsold English players up for sale.With each IPL franchise only allowed to have ten foreign players in the squads, there were only 17 spots up for grabs for nearly 50 players. The auction started off in Pool A where Kevin Pietersen went for $1.55m to Bangalore Royal challengers. In the same pool, Andrew Flintoff also fetched $1.55m from Chennai Super Kings, to become joint most expensive players. Elsewhere, in the pool, on form JP Duminy sold for $950,000 compared to his relatively low base price of $300,000. (more…)

February 6, 2009 at 10:00 am 2 comments

The IPL auction: a look at the bargains of the auction

The Auction for the Indian Premier League will take place this Friday, with 7 English players included in the auction. Kevin Pietersen is attracting the most interest with a base price of $1.35m, and is joined by 6 other members of the England ODI squads including Andrew Flintoff. Now IPL sides are allowed 10 overseas players in their squads with about 16 places still up for grabs. England Cricket took a look at the possible bargains of the IPL auction: (more…)

February 5, 2009 at 12:30 pm 1 comment


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