Michael Clarke and ‘the line’

One of the most annoying things about the Australian cricket team is not its verbal aggression but the players’ relentless self-righteousness about it. Here’s a quote from Michael Clarke that you’ll feel like you’ve read a thousand times before. “I think we play our cricket hard on the field but

Continue reading

Steve Magoffin and MacGuffins

In film, a MacGuffin is something characters strive for which rather conveniently drives the plot. As often as not, its exact nature is unimportant. What matters is that at least one of the characters wants it. People aren’t fighting to acquire Sussex’s Steve Magoffin, so he doesn’t really fit the

Continue reading

One batsman and a bit of pace bowling

Refreshingly manageable levels of information this week with very little of note happening with regards to candidates for the England squad. Gary Ballance This is probably the headline event. Gary Ballance made 174 against Northamptonshire. Reading between the lines written by better-informed people than us, it’s possible that England have

Continue reading

We wrote about Twenty20 commentary

The headline promises something of a barrel-dwelling fish shooting exercise, but hopefully it’s more than that. It’s not so much ‘T20 commentators talk utter rot‘ as ‘some T20 commentators are occasionally slow to pick up on tactical trends and they therefore assess match situations according to outdated notions of how

Continue reading

England hire a Maxonian

Is it a good idea for a team that can’t bat to hire the coach of a team that can’t bat? It’s probably okay. The England coach is basically just a management figure, after all and Peter Moores seems pretty good at that side of things. He brought in many

Continue reading