Shuffling bread

Have we all made realistic New Year’s resolutions? No more drinking on Wednesdays? One takeaway a week, but you won’t deliberately order enough for breakfast the next morning as well? Or maybe you’ve resolved to stop playing Australia quite so frequently. Vivisection’s tempting, but let’s not reach for the scalpel

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Joe Root and canned excitement

There’s no excitement quite so depressing as mandatory excitement. Compare and contrast the following. Joe Root strides to the crease and a large crowd rumbles with enthusiasm A batsman strides to the crease and Somebody Told Me by The Killers plays Joe Root takes a quick single and a large,

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Nick Compton, fridges and freezers

One of the weirdest send-offs of all time was when Steve Kirby, then playing for Yorkshire, sent Mike Atherton on his way with the immortal line: “I’ve seen better batters in my fridge.” This article is nothing to do with that, even though it is about keeping batsmen in the

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Joe Root seems okay

Most people seem to be saying ‘Joe Root is amazing’ but we’ll take it down a few notches from there. We’re still forming an opinion. There’s no rush. The story so far seems to have followed this course: He looks an excellent stodgy blocker Wait, he can score quick runs

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