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”

Yorkshire: One-Day Cup 2021

There’s been a lot written about how the scheduling of The Hundred will result in the One-Day Cup providing an opportunity for young players. I’m not aware of any specific rules, just that if a team has lost a lot of personnel to the franchises then they’ll have to field an XI from what theyContinue reading “Yorkshire: One-Day Cup 2021”

Olympic Cricket: Which Format? The Results

The results are in and there’s no doubt about the people’s preferred format… Twenty20 it is! That makes sense but I thought that T10 might appeal to some. T20 is more familiar to most though, whilst the logic of avoiding longer formats was clearly also applied by voters. The votes of four random people can’tContinue reading “Olympic Cricket: Which Format? The Results”

Olympic Cricket: Which Format?

If cricket does soon become an Olympic sport, then which format of the game will be the best one to use? You’ll need to think about the number of teams, grounds and matches and therefore what sort of competition can be incorporated into a sixteen-day long Olympic Games. Whatever the results, if cricket does joinContinue reading “Olympic Cricket: Which Format?”