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Chris Gayle is not a very efficient batsman any more

Chris Gayle (via Sky Sports) Chris Gayle has always played catch-up. A batsman with a capacity to score quicker than most, he has often taken the time to play himself in before engaging his core to spectator-peppering effect. But just as his personality often seems to have descended into self-parody these days, so has his batting. The slow start has become slower and the catching up even more necessarily urgent. People say that this is okay so long as he does catch up. But d...
Tags: England, Sex, Joe Root, West Indies, England cricket news, Chris Gayle, Jason Roy, Gayle


Jason Holder is not Bill Lumbergh

Jason Holder (via Windies Cricket YouTube) When we named Jason Holder Lord Megachief of Gold 2018 earlier this year, we said that the three Tests against England would give us more of a sense of the true scale and scope of Jasonholderness. In the first Test at Bridgetown, he hit an unbeaten 202 from number eight and the West Indies won. In Antigua, he took five wickets and the West Indies won. In the third Test, he was banned and the West Indies played less well and got bea...
Tags: England, Sex, West Indies, England cricket news, Antigua, BRIDGETOWN, Jason Holder, Windies, Bill Lumbergh, Windies Cricket YouTube, Jason Holder Lord Megachief, Bill Lumbergh Bill Lumbergh, Lumbergh Jason Holder


Watch 45-minute highlights of the day Mark Wood took five wickets against the West Indies bowling at over 90mph

Mark Wood bowling quickly (via YouTube) They’re sticking great long highlights packages of each day’s play on YouTube. Who knew? And what better day to start with than Mark Wood bowling at 94mph and half-deciding the third Test in the space of four overs? (Day on of the first Test, you say? Well, yes, that would have been a better day to start with. Point taken.) Email subscribers, you’ll have to click through to the website to watch the video because embeds don’t appear. ...
Tags: Sex, West Indies, England cricket news, Mark Wood


Something truly remarkable might be about to happen and it involves Keaton Jennings

Keaton Jennings (via Channel 5) Remember last week when Joe Denly was picked for England because he happened to be nearby and wasn’t Keaton Jennings? Well it looks like those selection criteria were a little too exacting so they may have to soften them a bit. You may be aware that there are fitness concerns about Foakes, Stokes and Woakes, but let us alert you to the fact that all the time you spend thinking about how their names rhyme was time you didn’t spend thinking about w...
Tags: England, Sex, Ian Bell, West Indies, England cricket news, Ben Stokes, Mark Wood, Jonny Bairstow, Chris Woakes, James Vince, Sam Curran, Ben Foakes, Joe Denly, Keaton Jennings, Foakes Stokes


We’ve accidentally made the case for England to drop Moeen Ali

We love Moeen Ali. We’d never deliberately make the case for him to be dropped because he’s magic. What happened was we were writing about Sam Curran and Adil Rashid and how they’re slightly one-dimensional bowlers who work brilliantly within a six-man attack but maybe not so well in a five-man attack when it occurred to us that maybe this applied to Moeen as well. So we checked. And very unfortunately, it looks like it does apply to Moeen as well. The piece is over at Wisden...
Tags: England, Sex, West Indies, England cricket news, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Moeen, Sam Curran


Bairstow versus Bravo: a tale of two fifties (and what they say about England and the West Indies)

Darren Bravo (all images via Sky Sports) The former world number one squash player, Peter Nicol, tells an interesting story about the first couple of times he played the great Jansher Khan. The first time they played, Jansher constantly tried for winners, aiming to finish every point as quickly as possible. Nicol won the match and so understandably felt pretty confident the next time they faced each other. Unfortunately for Nicol, it turned out Jansher hadn’t practised for m...
Tags: England, Sex, Bravo, West Indies, England cricket news, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Bairstow, Joseph, Campbell, Nicol, John Campbell, Jason Holder, Darren Bravo, Jahangir Khan, Jahangir


Did Joe Root get the definitive ‘lifter’ off Alzarri Joseph?

Joe Root (via Sky Sports) “All right, Mrs Joseph. Is your Alzarri playing out today?” Today Joe Root was dismissed by a ball he played forward to, but which he absolutely should not have played forward to, but which it was totally 100 per cent understandable he played forward to. It was a lifter. You can watch it here. A lifter is not a bouncer. It is not a ball that rises sharply as a result of how short it has been bowled. A lifter is a ball that bounces much higher tha...
Tags: Sex, Joe Root, West Indies, England cricket news, Alzarri Joseph, Joseph Is your Alzarri


Joe Denly has fingers that bend

Joe Denly talking to Rob Key (via Sky Sports) Do you remember My Name is Earl? We haven’t seen it in years, but maybe it’s frequently repeated on a channel you regularly watch. There was one episode where Earl got a job in a fast food restaurant. His interview for that job was conducted by Jon Favreau. “You speak English?” asks Favreau as his opening question. As Earl begins to answer him, Favreau swiftly follows up with: “You got all your fingers…? Do they bend? I’...
Tags: Sex, Jon Favreau, West Indies, England cricket news, Earl, Favreau, Rob Key, Joe Denly, Keaton Jennings


Let’s take a quick look at the opening innings of some recent England Test tours and also the warm-up matches that preceded them

Via Sky Sports “There was never a stage where the dressing room didn’t feel we could win,” said Ben Foakes after England lost the first Test by a quite enormous margin. At no point? Not even when you were 393 runs behind in your second innings with just one wicket left? The truth is that England went from in the game to out of it extremely quickly and spent only a very brief period circling the plughole of defeat. At lunch on day two, they were 30-1; by the drinks break, the...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, India, South Africa, Pakistan, New Zealand, Bangladesh, James Taylor, Sri Lanka, West Indies, England cricket news, Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Nick Compton, Garner


Which Sky Sports commentator delivered the most appropriate ‘England were all out for 77’ face?

Many things are said when a Test team’s bowled out for 77. When that team is England, who’s honestly got time to listen to all those words? Let’s just look at the faces. Which Sky Sports commentator best summed up 77 all out with their face? Ian Ward Deadly serious. A very good representation of one of the many possible emotional reactions to 77 all out. However, you can’t help but feel he took the easy option. Score: 6/10 David Lloyd Blank wait...
Tags: England, Sex, Shane Warne, West Indies, England cricket news, Extras, Hussain, Ian Ward, Aleem Dar, Cricket media, David Lloyd Blank, Nasser Hussain Vexed, Bob Willis Standard Bob Willis


Exactly how many Tests will Jonny Bairstow survive as England’s number three?

Jonny Bairstow (via Sky Sports) It’s time for England’s next Test series, which means it’s time to think about exactly which wrong side England will pick. Most people seem to agree that Jonny Bairstow will be batting at three. This is probably correct. It is however a selection decision that is wrong for him, wrong for the batsmen beneath him and wrong for England’s bowling attack too. The background England haven’t had a regular number three for bloody ages. In Sri La...
Tags: England, Sex, Sri Lanka, West Indies, England cricket news, Ben Stokes, Stokes, Adil Rashid, Jonny Bairstow, Bairstow, Rashid


Does Alastair Cook still say ‘ahm’ every other word now that he’s a professional broadcaster?

Alastair Cook on Sky Sports We sat and watched a 30-second interview so that you didn’t have to. The most damning indictment of Britain as a country is that some people used to think Alastair Cook was ‘well-spoken’ even though he is actually The. Worst. Public. Speaker. Ever. Throughout his captaincy, Cook’s post-match interviews were 50 per cent English and 50 per cent a weird hybrid of ‘um’ and ‘ah’ of his own devising. Cook is a broadcaster now. An actual broadcaster...
Tags: England, Cook, Sex, Bbc, Britain, Alastair Cook, England cricket news, Jonathan Trott Alastair Cook


Monty Panesar was on Celebrity Mastermind and it did not go well

Monty Panesar on Mastermind (iPlayer) We love Monty Panesar – absolutely love him – but his Celebrity Mastermind appearance was not a triumph. The pressure clearly got to him during the general knowledge round and he appeared to lose the ability to comprehend English sentences. What followed was a sort of word association exercise where Monty blurted out whatever happened to be passing through his brain each time John Humphrys stopped talking. Monty gave some very fine wr...
Tags: Sex, John Humphrys, England cricket news, Monty Panesar, Lewis, Monty, Keats, Oliver Twist Number two Monty


Australia were far and away the funniest cricket team in 2018 – but who was their MVP?

The story of international cricket in 2018 is really just all the stuff that happened with Australia. This seems a bit narrow and exclusive for an end-of-year retrospective, so we thought we’d instead focus on all the funny things that happened in 2018 to try and broaden it out a bit. Having taken this approach and then edited it all down a bit to make it more concise, we were left with… all the stuff that happened with Australia this year. To try and inject a note of tension ...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, South Africa, Cameron, New Zealand, Warner, Michael Clarke, Kashmir, Darren Lehmann, Lyon, David Warner, Steve Smith, England cricket news, Nathan Lyon, Australia Cricket News


Ten important questions after watching the trailer for that new England documentary ‘The Edge’

The Edge is a 1997 film starring Anthony Hopkins, Alec Baldwin, Elle Macpherson and Bart the Bear, a kodiak bear who also starred in Legends of the Fall among other things (actual fact). It is a lost-in-the-wilderness-getting-hunted-by-a-kodiak-bear film. The Edge is also going to be a 2019 documentary about the last England team that got to number one in the world but then fell apart. You can watch the trailer here. Here are ten important questions that arise after wat...
Tags: England, Mississippi, Sex, Alastair Cook, Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen, Jimmy Anderson, Andrew Strauss, England cricket news, Monty Panesar, Graeme Swann, Andy Flower, Jonathan Trott, Chris Tremlett, Bart, Monty


Why Jack Leach is not ‘better’ than Adil Rashid

Photo by Sarah Ansell We reckon this article will take you somewhere around six minutes to read. Only you can decide whether you trust us to justify that gargantuan investment of your valuable time. (You might also feel moved to make an angry comment afterwards, so maybe factor that time in too). We’d argue that what might at first look like an overlong examination of a very specific selection dilemma actually leads to far more interesting, broader questions about how teams are selected an...
Tags: England, Sex, Stuart Broad, Sri Lanka, England cricket news, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Jonny Bairstow, Bairstow, Colombo, Rashid, Jonny, Leach, Sam Curran, Jack Leach


Total Bits and Pieces Cricket: Is England’s current approach the future or simply the best way for them to do things at the minute?

England in Sri Lanka (via Sky Sports) When Dan Vettori made his first Test hundred, against Pakistan in 2003, he was batting at nine. The side featured only three out-and-out batsmen and only two bowlers who could legitimately be classed as tail-enders. Robbie Hart kept wicket. The other five players – Vettori, Scott Styris, Craig McMillan, Chris Cairns and Jacob Oram – all bowled to some extent or other and all finished their Test careers with batting averages in the thirties. The only pr...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Pakistan, New Zealand, Shane Warne, Stuart Broad, Joe Root, Jimmy Anderson, Sri Lanka, England cricket news, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Stokes, Adil Rashid, Glenn Mcgrath


Who celebrates hundreds more angrily – Jonny Bairstow or Virat Kohli?

Bairstow celebrates (all images via Sky Sports) When Jonny Bairstow made his first test ton, he celebrated in such a way that no-one was left in any doubt that this was the Test hundred that his late father, David, never made. If you know the story of Jonny and David Bairstow – and an article like this one is honestly no place to go into it – then you’ll understand that it was a very, very, very emotional thing. We assumed that was a one-off – a unique moment that Bairstow’s whole life had...
Tags: Post, England, Sex, David, Sri Lanka, England cricket news, Jonny Bairstow, Bairstow, Virat Kohli, Kohli, Jonny, India cricket news, David Bairstow


With hindsight, maybe it’s not quite time for India to omit Mithali Raj yet

Veda Krishnamurthy somehow plays a conventional sweep backwards (via ICC YouTube) In the semi-final of the World T20, India for some reason omitted Mithali Raj and got bowled out for 112. “They bottled it,” was Charlotte Edwards straightforward assessment. Tell you who wouldn’t have bottled it: Mithali Raj. Raj played two innings in the World T20 and made two fifties. She is the tournament’s ninth-highest scorer, even though everyone above her has had at least four innings and in many case...
Tags: UK, England, Australia, Sex, India, England cricket news, Charlotte Edwards, Sciver, Raj, Amy Jones, Adam Collins, Kaur, Nat Sciver, India cricket news, Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur


World T20: What is the correct number of left-arm finger spinners?

Sophie Ecclestone to Deandra Dottin (via ICC video) The correct number of left-arm finger spinners is three. That’s England’s position and they really should stick to it. They fielded Linsey Smith, Kirstie Gordon and Sophie Ecclestone against Bangladesh and restricted them to 76-9 off 20 overs. They won. They fielded all three against South Africa as well and bowled them out for 85. Again, they won. Clearly having three left-arm finger spinners is the way to go. We can all see this. You wo...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, India, South Africa, Bangladesh, Icc, West Indies, England cricket news, Australia Cricket News, Hazell, Ravi Bopara, Alyssa Healy, India cricket news, Mithali Raj, Deandra Dottin


Keaton Jennings has become shit-hot at dropping catches

Keaton Jennings parries (all images via Sky Sports) Earlier this year, Keaton Jennings failed to catch Virat Kohli and it was one of the greatest misses we’ve ever seen. Today he failed to catch Dimuth Karunaratne and it was also of the greatest misses we’ve ever seen but in a wholly different way. Here’s how it played out. Step one: Keaton Jennings sets off to try and take a chance that doesn’t yet exist Step two: The chance becomes an actual thing that exists in reality and Keaton Je...
Tags: Sex, Sri Lanka, England cricket news, Virat Kohli, Step, Dimuth Karunaratne, Ben Foakes, Keaton Jennings, Ben Foakes Step


Does sweeping damn near everything actually work?

Rory Burns sweeps (via Sky Sports) We haven’t seen so much sweeping since we tore down that dividing wall and knocked off all the plaster in the kitchen. Question is, does sweeping work? Sri Lanka v England at Pallekele 2018 is the sweepiest match we can remember. At the time of writing, seven of nine second innings England wickets have fallen to the shot or its reverse sibling. People are being unusually forgiving of this at the minute, which is because England are some way ahead. A narro...
Tags: England, Sex, Joe Root, Sri Lanka, England cricket news, Moeen Ali, Trevor Bayliss, Rory Burns, Virender Sehwag, Misbah ul Haq


If we no longer trust the team selection experts, it’s time to submit ourselves to the wisdom of the hat

Trevor Bayliss’s hat (via ECB YouTube) One week Moeen Ali is England’s innovative pick at number three; the next week Ben Stokes is England’s innovative pick at number three – but no sooner has the change been made than there are people for whom Stokes is no longer innovative enough. Nick Compton says Sam Curran would be a better option. As the great Ferris Bueller once said: life moves pretty fast. A tired old cricket blog can’t hope to compete in this current climate of leftfield lateral...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Ferris Bueller, England cricket news, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Trevor Bayliss, Stokes, Adil Rashid, Nick Compton, Liam Dawson, Sam Curran, CricViz, Laurence Elderbrook, ECB YouTube One


If England are desperately in need of a mediocre number six batsman then yes, Jonny Bairstow should definitely give up the wicketkeeping gloves

Why does anyone want Jonny Bairstow to give up keeping wicket? What would the England team actually gain from such a move? It looks like Bairstow will sit out the second Test. England want to be certain that he’s 100 per cent fit before he makes his return, which very conveniently means they can postpone a decision on whether or not he’s actually part of their best team until they have a little more information to work with. This is an important fact to note at this point: things change. ‘...
Tags: England, Sex, Joe Root, England cricket news, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Bairstow, Batsman, Ben Foakes, Foakes


It ends for Rangana Herath the way it will end for all of us – sprawled on our faces in defeat

Rangana Herath’s Test career ends (all images via Sky Sports) Some way into the evening session of day four at Galle, Rangana Herath clumsily reverse swept England’s Adil Rashid directly behind the wicketkeeper. He took a run and then, with the impetuousness of youth, ill-advisedly tried to take a second run. Blessed with in-built padding, Herath was happy to bring out the dive. He then dusted himself down as he waited to hear that he hadn’t made his ground and that his career had therefor...
Tags: England, Sex, Retirement, Sri Lanka, England cricket news, Adil Rashid, Galle, Rangana Herath, Herath


Keaton Jennings has a secret and he doesn’t want anyone reliant on free-to-air cricket coverage to uncover it

Keaton Jennings (via Channel 5) Keaton Jennings is messing with you. And by ‘you’ we mean the Channel 5 highlights crowd. There seem to be two Keaton Jennings. It’s quite possible that each of them is a Keaton Jenning and that he’s been hiding his plurality in plain sight this whole time. Keaton Jenning 1.0 This is the better known of the two Keaton Jennings. It is the one that plays Test cricket in England. Keaton Jenning 1.0 is an ungainly thing; an awkwardly-constructed Meccano robot ...
Tags: England, Sex, India, Sri Lanka, England cricket news, Meccano, Keaton Jennings, Keaton Jenning, Bowl Keaton Jenning, Edge to Keaton Jenning, Jason Roy How


Sam Curran was England’s second-choice pace bowler for this Test match and that seems pretty significant

Sam Curran (via Sky Sports) England have picked three spinners and so far they’ve out-bowled Sri Lanka’s spinners. That’s pretty weird and unusual and attracts so much of your attention that it’s easy to overlook the seemingly-irrelevant constitution of the pace attack. But the pace attack is worth a look, because with places scarce, decisions have been made. It was Sam Curran who opened the bowling with James Anderson. Back in May, before he’d made his Test debut, we said that we’d quite ...
Tags: England, Sex, India, Stuart Broad, Sri Lanka, England cricket news, Chris Woakes, Curran, Sam Curran, Olly Stone, Sky Sports England, James Anderson Back


Ben Foakes: first look in Test cricket

Ben Foakes (via Sky Sports) We don’t believe you can draw meaningful conclusions from players’ debuts – but we report on them anyway. We have this thing where we reckon a chance is worth, on average, about 28 runs. Based on this, we believe it’s generally worth playing your best wicketkeeper in Test cricket because just one missed chance is worth more than any likely difference in batting average between that guy and the other guy who’s a better bat. What we don’t know – and can never know...
Tags: England, Sex, Brian, Sri Lanka, England cricket news, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Bjorn, First Look, Benny, Ben, Dean Elgar, Ben Foakes


Which England player should carry the drinks in Sri Lanka?

Galle International Cricket Ground (CC licensed by Adaptor Plug via Flickr) It’s standard practice before a Test series for the media and fans to try and work out what the teams are going to be. However, there are so many possible permutations of this current England squad that this is a task best added to your list of jobs marked: “Too big and time-consuming – ignore and hope that things sort themselves out (and maybe also consider moving house to leave the problem for somebody else)” The r...
Tags: England, Sex, India, New Zealand, Graham, Pope, Stuart Broad, Joe Root, Sri Lanka, England cricket news, Moeen Ali, Anderson, Rory Burns, Jonny Bairstow, James, Olly


Rating the England burger after a wet one-day series in Sri Lanka

Burgers (CC licensed by Doran via Flickr) England beat Sri Lanka 3-1 and it’s hard to know what to make of things. Let’s do some subheadings. Good series Eoin Morgan made 195 runs and was only dismissed the once. What was perhaps more important was what happened in the final game when he sat out to give someone else a go. What happened was that England fell apart like one of those overly-tall gourmet burgers. Eoin Morgan is the wooden cocktail stick thing that provides the whole England lim...
Tags: England, Sex, India, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Eoin Morgan, England cricket news, Moeen Ali, Alex Hales, Adil Rashid, Hales, Liam Plunkett, Doran, Olly Stone, Flickr England