Archive for June, 2009
Former England captain Michael Vaughan has officially announced his retirement from all forms of first-class cricket. The 34-year-old failed to force his way back into the international fold this summer and this, combined with some poor form for Yorkshire, played a major part in his decision. (more…)
The battle commences on July 8 and the Australian’s have named a team with few, if any, surprises. Arguably, this is the weakest team that the Australians have sent over in the modern era but England’s performances over the last year suggests that this is likely to be a close contest. The Australian’s have lost, Langer, Hayden, Martyn, Warne, McGrath and Gilchrist to retirement from the 05 team. England Cricket takes a closer look at the latest Australian Ashes team. (more…)
I was very frustrated by the manner of England’s defeat yesterday. They were knocked out of the World Twenty20 after losing to the West Indies by five wickets. It wasn’t a run of the mill defeat though as the Duckworth-Lewis system played its part.
The heavens opened after England made 161-6 in their 20 overs meaning that the West Indies were set a revised target of just 80 from now overs. To me, this figure seems far too small. With ten wickets in hand, all they needed to do was score at 9 per over for 9 overs.
By anyone’s standards, this is extremely achievable. Fair enough they lost five wickets along the way, but this was because they had licence to take some risks. They knew that they weren’t going to be bowled out within 9 overs, so as long as they kept up with the rate it would be fine.
Personally, I can’t see why the game couldn’t have carried on. The floodlights are there to be used. The game would have only gone on for an extra hour if the West Indies innings lasted 20 overs. Surely that would have been the fairest way to do things? Why did the game have to be cut short?
There is no doubt that the West Indies were given an advantage by the rain interval. In fact, it could be argued that this is what won them the game. Paul Collingwood admitted afterwards that his side would have been favourites had there been no rain delay.
To be fair though, England contributed to their own downfall as well. The batting line-up was far too light and this meant that they finished 20 runs short of what they should have posted. A score of 180 would have won them the game. Why was Dimi left out? Why has the big-hitting Graham Napier not even got a sniff?
You could also argue that Collingwood should have bowled first. England haven’t been great at setting a total in this tournament and with the rain almost inevitable, it might have been an idea to stick the West Indies in.
This is all done now though. England are out partly because of themselves, partly because of the rain, partly because of the Duckworth-Lewis system and partly because the West Indies were on song. Let’s move on and start to focus on the Ashes cricket action and getting in a few good Ashes bets.
By Thomas Rooney
England were knocked out of the Twenty20 World cup following a 5 wicket loss in a rain affected super eights match with West Indies. The Windies were set a DL target of 80 in 9 overs, which England failed to defend. With England out, England Cricket takes a look at the individaul performances of the players. (more…)
Group E: South Africa, England, India, West Indies
Group F: Pakistan, Sri Lanka, New Zealnd, Ireland
With Ashes 2009 drawing ever closer, the mind games are well under way. One of the favored tactics of the Australian cricket side is to conduct a war of words via the media. They love to get the media to do their dirty work for them and the Ashes is no exception. Past masters of this were Steve Waugh, Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne. As long as it is done in the spirit of Ashes cricket no harm is done. (more…)
In one crazy moment Andrew Symonds illustrated why he has been omitted for the Australian Ashes squad. Australia announced that the all-rounder has been sent home from their Twenty20 squad following an “alcohol related incident”. The loss of the powerful all rounder is a huge loss for Australia for the tournament. (more…)