Archive for October, 2009
The draw for the new 40 over format was made on Monday. The new format sees 17 teams paired in 3 groups of 7. The 18 first class counties are joined by Scotland, Holland and an ECB Recreational XI. That team compromises of domestic players without first class contracts, with the venue to be confirmed. (more…)
The failures of the two English representatives in the Champions League has agian brought up the issue in how the quality in the English domestic game is lagging behind the rest. The English domestic teams play the most amount of games in each format, but quantity doesn’t exactly represent quality. (more…)
English Clubs may dominate in football’s version of the champions league but this isn’t the case in cricket. It is probably even more galling for the English clubs given how the Twenty20 form of the game was invented in England.
Sussex didn’t win a match and Somerset needed the help of Trinidad and Tobago to advance to the final eight. Had the Deccan Chargers won, they would have advanced instead of the Sabres. (more…)
One of the most fascinating aspects of England’s winter tour to South Africa is going to be how Luke Wright performs. The Sussex all-rounder has been picked in the test squad for the first time and it is fair to say that not everyone is convinced that he has what it takes to succeed in international cricket’s toughest form.
First of all, let us look at what he has achieved so far for England. In 25 One-Day-Internationals, he has scored 404 runs at an average of 22.44 and taken 7 wickets at an average of 49. Not exactly the greatest statistics, I’m sure you will agree. (more…)
For England, the Ashes was one thing, but now they will want to do well in South Africa. After the Ashes, it is probably the biggest challenge for England and they will want to do well. If not for the reason of showing they are consistent. Consistency is the metric by which you measure a good team. (more…)
The decision to drop Owais Shah was a difficult decision for the selectors but ultimately the correct decision. A talented individual indicated by his superb 98 off 89 balls against South Africa in the Champions Trophy. However, that is surrounded all too regularly by innings of frustration for the supporters, rash shots, poor running, poor fielding and despite his useful contributions in the Champions Trophy, his failure to transform such ability into big runs has led to his demise. However, some blame needs to be pointed at selectors, whom have treated him poorly since the start of his ODI career. At the age of 30, the international career of Owais Shah looks to have come to an end. (more…)
The first edition of the innagural Cricket Champions League kick starts this week in India. The competition comprises of 12 teams in four groups of three. 3 representatives are from India (IPL), 2 England, 2 Australia, 2 South Africa, 1 West Indies, 1 Sri Lanka and 1 from New Zealand. England Cricket looks at the competitors and in particular the potential performance of the two English qualifiers. (more…)
Was Andrew Strauss right to deny Graeme Smith a runner in their recent Champions Trophy match? Strauss felt that Smith was cramped due to his long innings and no batsman who has scored a hundred deserves an advantage. Is this is the right spirit of the game? (more…)