2nd T20I: England vs. Pakistan at Headingley

Firstly, as the photos indicate, this was real life… not a computer game! Rather than taking the train, which is what I’ve always done when attending the cricket at Headingley, I drove. I got there early and parked a ten-minute walk away. Even if it was possible to park closer, there’s little value in doingContinue reading “2nd T20I: England vs. Pakistan at Headingley”

Cricket 19: 2nd Test – England vs. Zimbabwe at Headingley

Following a 32-run defeat at Lords in the first Test, we headed north to Leeds in search of redemption. On a much more batting friendly track, we lost the toss and to the surprise of nobody… were invited to field first! Opening batsmen Huxley Modiba, dismissed in the forties in both innings at Lords, passedContinue reading “Cricket 19: 2nd Test – England vs. Zimbabwe at Headingley”

Spin Bowlers

Here’s the latest post in my breakdown of the England cricket team and those players competing in each department. Please click on the cricket category/tag to read previous posts. When it comes to spin bowling, I’d always want the variety of a slow-left-armer, off-spinner and leg-spinner in my squad. These skills might be via all-roundersContinue reading “Spin Bowlers”

Pace Bowlers

I’ve posted about batsman and wicketkeepers… https://planetpaul.blog/2021/07/01/glovemen/ https://planetpaul.blog/2021/06/20/batmen-2/ But my word England are spoilt for choice when it comes to pace bowling! James Anderson and Stuart Broad are the in possession opening bowlers. Both were persisted with despite injury or poor contributions early on in their international career. How the likes of Jamie Porter, BenContinue reading “Pace Bowlers”

Cricket 19: 1st Test – England v Zimbabwe at Lord’s

Captain Joe Root won the toss and inserted Zimbabwe to bat on a lush looking Lord’s green deck. Assuming the mantle from James Anderson and Stuart Broad, opening bowlers Sam Curran and Chris Woakes (2-58) both struck in their opening spell but confident opening batsman Huxley Modiba breezed a brisk 45. We struck twice almostContinue reading “Cricket 19: 1st Test – England v Zimbabwe at Lord’s”

Transfer Merry-go-round!

First Mark Stoneman then Sam Northeast have headed to Yorkshire on loan. Nick Gubbins has left Middlesex to replace Northeast at Hampshire, temporarily at first then possibly permanently. Meanwhile Jade Dernbach has departed Surrey for a stint at Derbyshire. These are all good players who have either played for England or England Lions. The gameContinue reading “Transfer Merry-go-round!”


Following on from a couple of articles about English batsmen… https://planetpaul.blog/2021/06/20/batmen-2/ It’s time for wicketkeepers! James Bracey is not a bad cricketer. Players have had worse starts to Test careers then gone on to do better. You do have to ask how he was identified as a player ready for international cricket though. Meanwhile, theContinue reading “Glovemen”

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”