Archive for February, 2010
Paul Collingwood has been selected as vice-captain for the upcoming tour of Bangladesh. England’s Twenty20 leader will assist temporary captain Alistair Cook as he leads the team in the absence of the rested Andrew Strauss.
England will play two Tests and three one day internationals in Bangladesh, starting with the first ODI on February 28th. Collingwood will play second fiddle to Cook during these matches.
This means that Collingwood will become Test or ODI captain should Cook be injured at any point during the tour. This is one reason why Collingwood was the only choice for the vice-captaincy role.
Strauss is the full-time captain, Cook is the temporary captain and Collingwood is Twenty20 captain. There is a big enough list of captains as it is, so it couldn’t be added to. Had Kevin Pietersen or another England player been given the nod as vice-captain it would have been yet another leader for the team.
For a country that is looking to really push on in international cricket, they need some consistency when it comes to captaincy. So this wouldn’t have been ideal. Therefore, to move Twenty20 skipper Collingwood into the role of captain should Cook be injured means that everything is as consistent as it can be in the circumstances.
The Durham man is one of England’s most experienced players too, so can give Cook some advice along the way. Having said that, he won’t want to take on too much responsibility.
Collingwood resigned as ODI captain a couple of years ago after admitting that it was affecting his own personal form for England. Since then, he has taken the Twenty20 captaincy on and will now act as vice-captain for the Bangladesh tour.
With this in mind, it might have been a case of needs must for the vice-captaincy. Who else was going to do it? Controversial former skipper Pietersen? New boy Jonathan Trott? Inconsistent Ian Bell?
Collingwood was the obvious choice, no doubt about that and he should perform well in the role. When Cook needs someone to talk to, he can go to the experienced batsman.
The Essex opener will want to put his own stamp on the series though and put his name in the hat to be a permanent captain of England one day. Therefore, it might well be that Collingwood’s involvement is minimal, something which may suit a man that will want to focus continuing his fine form with the bat.
Regardless of who takes charge of the team the England Test match betting suggests they should beat Bangladesh easily.
Meanwhile, in horse racing news, Denman and Kauto Star continue to dominate the Cheltenham Gold Cup betting ahead of their clash on March 19th.
The South Africa India series would be a good reminder for England about how quickly things can change in Test cricket. After being hammered in the First Test, India fought back to win the Second. It all looked so good for South Africa. They were coasting at 1/218 only to collapse dramatically and be all out for 296. In turn India posted a massive 6/643. This was a world of difference from the First Test when they could only manage 552 in both innings. Both the public and cricket betting doesn’t know how to react to these ups and downs.
India had four centuries in the first innings. South Africa had two and the next best score was 12.
The conspiracy theorists will tell you that the BCCI have something in for the ECB since their decision not to allow their players to participate in the first IPL. Now the decision to stage the second edition of the Champions League during the closing stages of the English domestic series adds to that view. This move surely rules out English teams from participating in this tournament, which supposedly features the best domestic teams from around the world. The handling of the tournament from the BCCI has been poor since its inauguration last October. (more…)
There is no doubt that Australia are a much stronger side than they were during the last Ashes series. They have regrouped following their loss to England with wins over the West Indies and Pakistan. They seem to be a far more confident side.
Against England they were unsure about themselves. There were question marks over Michael Hussey, Marcus North and Nathan Hauritz. So much so that Australia didn’t play a spinner in the decisive final Test at The Oval when the pitch was crying out for one.
You would think that Australia would have a lot more confidence in Hauritz now although the truth of the matter is that he hasn’t been tested. He has received many of his wickets courtesy of players throwing their wickets away.
Hampshire have announced a deal with the Rajasthan Royals to form the first global sports alliance. Plans include a link up between Hampshire, Rajasthan Royals, Victoria Bushrangers, Cape cobras and Trinidad & Tobago. Under these plans, in their respective Twenty20 tournaments they will carry the Royals’ name, so Hampshire Hawks become Hampshire Royals. Apart from the name change, what does it mean for the teams involved? England Cricket takes a lot at how this will function and possible problems that may arise with these ambitious plans. (more…)