Cricket 19: Global T10

It was an absolute honour to be named Team Manager (Coach and Selector) of the Switzerland men’s national cricket team and to lead the side in the inaugural Global T10 Championship! A diverse seventeen-man squad packed their bags whist the builders got to work on our new national stadium. In our first match against Bangladesh,Continue reading “Cricket 19: Global T10”

Cricket XI: Following On

You can find my original Cricket XI post here… https://planetpaul.blog/2021/04/08/cricket-xi/ Truth be told, I actually made a few last minute changes, in the main because Australian players were… still playing in Australia! I also forgot to select a T20 Blast team. It kind of bypassed me whilst I was on holiday. There are also One-DayContinue reading “Cricket XI: Following On”

All-Rounders

Following on from my posts about batsmen, wicketkeepers, pace bowlers and spin bowlers (You can find those posts in the cricket section… https://planetpaul.blog/category/cricket/ It’s finally time for all-rounders… Ben Stokes is the x-factor player in the England team. He can bat, bowl and don’t forget… field. He can win games and pull in crowds. ChrisContinue reading “All-Rounders”

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!”