Cricket Captain 2021: Over and Out!

With the days of Root, Stokes and Buttler behind us, we hosted Bangladesh starting with a two-match Test series. Captain Liam Livingstone was at the IPL so the recalled Ollie Pope stepped into the role for the first time. Zak Crawley (149) and Pope (100) set us on course for an innings victory in theContinue reading “Cricket Captain 2021: Over and Out!”

Career in Tatters?

It’s been such a shame to see Jonny Tattersall struggling for game time at Headingley. The 26-year-old experienced a poor start to the campaign and has been usurped by teenager Harry Duke. I wish Duke all the best but there’s still room for Tattersall in Yorkshire’s XI, particularly when Root, Malan and Bairstow are withContinue reading “Career in Tatters?”

Cricket Captain 2021: World Cup Semi-final Woe… again!

Our T20 World Cup campaign commenced with a thrilling six-run win against West Indies. A rather strike starved Jos Buttler (66*) carried his bat meanwhile captain Liam Livingstone (45 off 22) and Ben Stokes (39 off 24) helped get us to 195. A seven ball 16 from Jofra Archer proved vital. Despite Shimron Hetmyer strikingContinue reading “Cricket Captain 2021: World Cup Semi-final Woe… again!”

Cricket 19: ODI Inception

In our first ever ODI, against Ireland in Ireland, we recovered from 67-5 and 103-7 to post 208 from 40.4 overs. Phillipe Fernandes (55) top scored and his eighth-wicket stand of 61 with Dirk Shaffer (34) was what helped us put a score of some sort on the board. Kasper Beck (25) and last manContinue reading “Cricket 19: ODI Inception”

Cricket Captain 2021: Ashes to Ashes

With the Ashes and a T20 World Cup on the horizon, New Zealand first came to town! 5-86 from spinner Mason Crane followed by a partnership of 210 between Dom Sibley (119) and promising young batter Henry Peters (93) paved the way for victory in the first Test. Prodigious Peters would sensationaly follow that upContinue reading “Cricket Captain 2021: Ashes to Ashes”

Cricket Captain 2021: South… West…

We were resoundly beaten by Pakistan in the first home Test but a partnership of 259 between Jos Buttler (148) and Ollie Pope (144) set us on our way to ro parity in the second Test. Sam Curran (84*) also batted well in the first innings meanwhile David Payne claimed match figures of 9-90. InContinue reading “Cricket Captain 2021: South… West…”

Cricket 19: T20 Debut!

Following our efforts in the Global T10 Championship… https://planetpaul.blog/2021/08/05/cricket-19-switzerland/ We moved onto our first Twenty20 Internationals in a triangular series featuring hosts USA as well as England. We posted 145-7 against the home side with all-rounder Max Schutt (45) top scoring. Some late blows from Loic Iversen (27*) lifted us to a competitive total. WeContinue reading “Cricket 19: T20 Debut!”

Cricket Captain 2021: Choked by the Chokers!

We went to Pakistan for a Test series… it was to be one of England’s greatest wins (No hyperbole)! Pakistan posted 468 first up in the opening Test but we responded with 454 (Root 125, Crawley 105). Pakistan then made 347-6 declared… but we only chased down 362! All of our top seven contributed asContinue reading “Cricket Captain 2021: Choked by the Chokers!”

Cricket Captain 2021: Ups and Downs!

Following the drawn Ashes in Australia, we headed to the Caribbean for our first T20s since World Cup semi-final heartbreak. Despite Ed Pollock (75 off 51) announcing his arrival in an opening stand of 127 with Jason Roy (55), we lost by the opener by five wickets. Mark Wood claimed 2-… 65! In the secondContinue reading “Cricket Captain 2021: Ups and Downs!”

Cricket Captain 2021: England’s New Era

My tenure in charge of the England team began with a ruthless 2-0 Test series victory at home to New Zealand. In the first Test, captain Joe Root led the way from the off with a majestic innings of 184. We opted not to enforce the follow-on but ran out winners by a whopping 291Continue reading “Cricket Captain 2021: England’s New Era”