Cricket: A Global Game… Finally!

I was absolutely delighted to read confirmation that the ODI Cricket World Cup has been expanded to fourteen teams. Meanwhile, the T20 World Cup has increased to twenty teams. This is fantastic news! On this blog, I’ve so far refrained from pitching my plans to restructure international cricket. It’s pretty in-depth! You can always visitContinue reading “Cricket: A Global Game… Finally!”

Batmen 2

I recently posted an audiocast following England’s Test match struggles, particularly with the bat… https://planetpaul.blog/2021/06/16/1555/ So who can they turn to? Dawid Malan was the one that I mentioned in that post. Even in ODI/T20I cricket, he looks like a Test player. Yes his overall stats aren’t great but he had a poor start thenContinue reading “Batmen 2”

Ed Smith Out!

England’s cricket team has bid farewell to National Selector Ed Smith and presented selection control to Head Coach Chris Silverwood. The former Yorkshire, Essex and England bowler will have the support of James Taylor and Mo Bobat as well as lots of data. Alec Stewart and John Emburey have also been recruited in scouting capacities.Continue reading “Ed Smith Out!”

Early Thoughts on the County Championship

County Championship cricket is back and is already highlighting what a marvellous concept multi-day multi-innings cricket is. The twists and turns, the limitless possibilities and the it’s not over until it’s over circumstance, make first class cricket truly special. Let the match between Essex and Durham be a case in point. Essex were bundled outContinue reading “Early Thoughts on the County Championship”

Bonner and Mayers

Aged 32 and 28, West Indies cricketers Nkrumah Bonner and Kyle Mayers have served lengthy domestic apprenticeships before earning Test recognition. The long wait may have actually served them well though. Whilst still a small sample size, both players have made hugely encouraging starts to their Test careers. Bonner has backed up innings of 86Continue reading “Bonner and Mayers”

County Cricket Expansion!

It’s a historic day for cricket in England! Rutland and Isle of Wight have been announced as the nineteenth and twentieth first class counties from next season. Whilst the admission of Isle of Wight isn’t a compete surprise, after they abandoned their futile attempts to gain full international status, the elevation of Rutland is unexpected.Continue reading “County Cricket Expansion!”

Choose Until You Lose

There’s been plenty of talk about tossing recently, so here’s my penny’s (Or pound’s worth)… Instead of tossing a coin, the away team chooses whether they want to bat or bowl first. They retain that right until the home team wins. Upon winning, the home team then obviously acquires that right. Most series, regardless ofContinue reading “Choose Until You Lose”