Archive for July, 2011

Flower laments lack of reviews

England coach Andy Flower has criticised the ICC over their reluctance to make a conclusive decision on the Decision Review System.

England are currently locked in a series with India but the Indians reluctance to accept the DRS system has caused much controversy. Currently, both sides have to agree that the system is to be used throughout a system but India have decided against using it in the current series leading to a number of controversial moments.

Flower’s side won the first test comfortably by 196 runs but the victory could have been a lot more convincing if the DRS had been in use after both Sachin Tendulkar and Suresh Raina who were both trapped plumb LBW but were reprieved by umpire Billy Bowden. Those looking at the cricket betting odds will have raised an eyebrow at the decision.

Luckily for Flower, his attack was in superb form and impressively skittled the Indians out on the final day to give themselves a 1-0 lead in the series.

India have previously expressed their discontent with accuracy of the ball tracking systems such as Hawk-Eye and refused to make use of the technology in the series, preferring instead to trust the instincts of the umpires. It has caused much debate among people such as Betfair Michael Vaughan.

However, Flower predicts that sooner or later the ICC’s decision to give individual nations the choice of whether or not to use the system will cause major controversy and he believes the sport’s governing body need to make a decision either way, sooner rather than later.

“It would have been wrong if the outcome of the game had been seriously affected by a couple of those decisions and it was quite right that, luckily, we did continue to create chances,” he said.

“It’s unsatisfactory the way it is, there is no doubt about that.”

July 28, 2011 at 10:02 am Leave a comment

Record crowd for England Test

For the fifth-day of the first test between England and India a bumper crowd is expected at Lords to see if England can overcome the best test nation in the world at the moment. Fans have been queuing since the early hours of the morning to try and get seats for the conclusion of this thrilling test match. Those following the cricket betting will be very excited.

Marylebone Cricket Club is expecting a record attendance for the fifth-day. In order to beat the current record Lord’s will need to cram in over 24,000 fans and from the queues seen as this morning they could be on their way to doing so. The record has stood since 2009 where 24,000 witnessed the final day of the last ashes test.

However England fans won’t have it all their own way, many younger Asian fans are expected to turn up to try and give their team a boost they desperately need. It is unlikely to be as extreme as it was during the 2009 World Twenty20 match between the two sides were England were subject to booing throughout the game by the Indian fans despite the match being played at Lord’s. Experts like Michael Vaughan will know how exciting the game is set to be.

No matter where the location the little master Sachin Tendulkar will get a very warm reception as the batsman searches for his 100th century in first class cricket. However the legend Tendulkar will have his work cut out as he tries to recover from a bout of illness. The other Indian batsman will have to work hard also as the pitch starts to favour the blowers rather than the batters. With the pitch being five days old there are signs of uneven bounce and some turn for Graeme Swann to pose the Indians a serious threat.

July 26, 2011 at 8:47 am Leave a comment

Taylor named captain of England Lions

Leicestershire batsman James Taylor has been named as captain for the England Lions’ upcoming tour match Sri Lanka ‘A’ in Scarborough.

The Lions face the touring side in a four day match at Scarborough beginning on 2nd August and it will be Taylor’s first experience of captaincy at international level after some fine displays while skippering his county. Those following the England cricket betting may want to keep an eye on his progress.

The 12 man squad includes five new faces with Joe Root, Alex hales, Scott Borthwick, Stuart Meaker and Jack Brooks all set to make their debuts for the side. However there are a number of experienced faces including Ravi Bopara, Steven Finn and Chris Woakes who have all previously represented the full England side.

The Lions side is seen as the breeding ground for future test players and chief selector Geoff Miller believes it is the ideal opportunity for a number of players to stake their claim for a spot in the full side. Those who bet on Test cricket will know this.

“The England Lions series against Sri Lanka A is an important opportunity for those younger players to gain valuable experience against international opposition and push for further involvement in England programmes this winter,” national selector Geoff Miller said.

The squad also includes the likes of Craig Kieswetter, Jade Derbach and Samit Patel all of whom represented England in the recent one day series with the Sri Lankans and will be looking for a strong performance as they look to push for a place in the one day series with India.

England Lions four-day squad: James Taylor (captain), Jonathan Bairstow, Ravi Bopara, Danny Briggs, Jade Dernbach, Alex Hales, James Harris, Craig Kieswetter, Stuart Meaker, Samit Patel, Joe RootEngland Lions one-day squad: James Taylor (captain), Jonathan Bairstow, Ravi Bopara, Scott Borthwick, Danny Briggs, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, James Harris, Stuart Meaker, Chris Nash, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes.

July 25, 2011 at 2:11 pm Leave a comment

Strauss shines as guest star

England captain Andrew Strauss took full advantage of his two innings against India in his guest spot playing for Somerset at the weekend. The opening batsman hit a second innings unbeaten century to add to his impressive 78 from the first innings as the tourists were frustrated on the final day of the match. After being set an impossible 462 to win from the final session, India had to settle for a draw, finishing on 69-0.

Strauss had agreed the one-match move to Somerset in a bid to find some form against the Indian bowlers ahead of the upcoming Test series. The batsman struggled in the recent series against Sri Lanka, scoring just 24 runs in four innings against Sri Lanka, with particular problems against the left-arm seamer Chanaka Welegedara. Anyone looking at the England cricket odds will have been worrying about the problem.

That issue wasn’t evident here though, as Strauss looked steady and assured against whatever India threw at him. Zaheer Khan’s ineffective spell will be causing the Indian management some concern after the left-armer was handled easily by Strauss.

His aggressive second innings score of 109 not out will give the skipper plenty of confidence heading into the opening Test at Lords. The innings contained 18 fours and a six and certainly quietened critics who have described him as ‘defensive’. The onus will now be on England’s skipper to carry the momentum from this match into the upcoming series against the world’s best Test playing side.

July 19, 2011 at 8:53 am Leave a comment

Broad backed by England colleague

Stuart Broad has become a mainstay in all forms of English cricket and he remains “one of the best” available, according to Graeme Swann.

The 25-year-old seam bowler has developed into one of the main attacking options for England in Test and one-day cricket, while he has also been named the captain of England’s twenty20 side.

Broad really shot to national prominence during the successful Ashes series in 2009 and led England’s bowling figures throughout that summer.

That led to the Nottinghamshire star to come under extra scrutiny and he has occasionally struggled to match those heights in recent series, as anyone placing cricket bets will have noticed.

He has been under fire for recent performances during England’s Twenty20 and one-day games against Sri Lanka, but there is no doubt Broad will get back to form and be among the wickets when England welcome India – ranked to number one Test side in the world – for a Test and one-day series later in the summer.

Broad has been backed by England colleague Swann, who is another of the top attacking options in Test cricket, who thinks critics should “lay off him” as Broad will get back to his best. Those following the cricket odds will hope this is true.

“He’s still one of the best bowlers in England, still certainly in my top two, and I love his aggression and streak of nastiness about him – because you definitely need that as a bowler,” the spinner said.

The first Test match against India starts at Lord’s on July 21st, with three other Test matches throughout July and August, followed by one-day and twenty20 games in August and September.

July 7, 2011 at 2:38 pm Leave a comment

Broad’s struggles continue

England’s decision to stick by a clearly out of form Stuart Broad seems to be set to continue after new one-day captain Alastair Cook came out in defence of the bowler. Broad came through his third successive game against Sri Lanka without claiming a wicket, as the tourists claimed a six wicket victory at Lords, taking a 2-1 lead in the NatWest Series. Broad will now head to his home ground at Trent Bridge, looking to dramatically improve his current series figures of 0-154. Those placing cricket bets know he needs to find some form soon.

After being awarded the T20 captaincy, Broad has looked well short of the kind of form he has shown for England over the past few years. Not only has his bowling been erratic, Broad has also once again found himself in hot water for lack of discipline during a match. The 25-year-old was fined 50% of his match fee after a confrontation with umpire Billy Bowden at Headingley, following an unsuccessful lbw appeal.

While admitting Broad’s form isn’t where it needs to be, Cook has come out in support of his bowler, insisting it’s just a matter of time before the Notts man comes good again.

“At the moment it’s not quite going for Broady, a bit like the Test matches. But this is what cricket does, and if he gets five-for next time on his home ground it will be welcome,” he said.

With an in-form Chris Tremlett chomping at the bit, Broad may need to start finding some form quicker than he would normally be given by the seemingly ever-patient England selectors.

July 4, 2011 at 3:02 pm Leave a comment


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