Summer 2011 Cricket Thread
Posted 06 April 2011 - 11:21 PM
So which county cricket team does everyone support, I support Hampshire.
Posted 07 April 2011 - 08:47 AM
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Posted 23 April 2011 - 11:31 PM
Malinga retires from Test Cricket. What a fantastic boost for England and we certainly needed it.
Whilst that is good news for England, Malinga isn't half the bowler in test matches that he is in limited overs cricket. Now with Murali gone, Sri Lanka's attack looks very average. And whilst they've still got a some awesome batsman (although their star man Sangakkara averages only 30.54 in England with a high score of 66), Sri Lanka away from home are a very, very different proposition to playing them in their own country. The only test series away from home they've won since the 1999/2000 season have been against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe - http://stats.espncri...;id=8;type=team
And for all our failings recently in the one dayers, our Test record over the past few years is immense. Not lost a series since early 2009 and since then we've beaten Australia home and away and drawn away against South Africa. I'd imagine England to win the 3 match series either 3-0 or 2-0.
India will provide a much tougher test as they've got more bowlers who can hurt England, and Tendulkar just seems to be getting better, but we'll get to them in July...
Posted 28 April 2011 - 12:44 PM
Posted 29 April 2011 - 12:04 AM
Posted 29 April 2011 - 09:25 AM
Can't see us beating Sri Lanka unfortunatly. They showed in the World Cup that they're a much better team despite being a small poverty stricken country and England being a medium sized rich country. It'll probably be 2-0 to Sri Lanka with the other Test being a draw due to the rainy early summer weather in England.
Predicting England to lose? Good news for England then. They showed in the world cup that they're a very good one day team especially in home conditions. Just the 11 years since they won an away test series (not inc Bangladesh n Zimbabwe), and now they've got to do it without Muralitharan. All this not taking into account England's recent test record. Although surely there must be something you base all these predictions you get wrong on?
Posted 29 April 2011 - 10:47 PM
Predicting England to lose? Good news for England then.
Yeah, it really worked in the World Cup!
Posted 18 May 2011 - 06:49 PM
JC Hildreth*, JHK Adams, JM Bairstow†, RS Bopara, DR Briggs, JW Dernbach, ST Finn, EJG Morgan, G Onions, SR Patel, A Shahzad, JWA Taylor
I think that if Finn, Onions or Shahzad have an exceptional game they might have raised a case for first test selection, but I think its fairly certain England will go with stick with Tremlett and then bring Broad back as the two to play alongside Anderson and Swann. Top 5 and wicket keeper is also a certainty, so its basically between Bopara and Morgan to who will bat at 6. I'd pick Bopara but I think Morgan would get picked if the test match was tomorrow. If one of them gets a big score and the other fails then that could probably be what decides it. Strauss got 150 odd playing for Middlesex in Sri Lanka's last warmup game which bodes well. My mate is cousins with Stuart Law so I'm trying to get him to try and shark some free tickets!
Posted 19 May 2011 - 12:43 PM
The 4th and final day v Essex is this Saturday with Kp playing, and there's a one day game on Sunday v Hampshire. Plus for the first year they're holding a T20 game at the school, which could well be carnage as bigger hitters will easily reach the A23 which runs next to the pitch!
Posted 19 May 2011 - 06:01 PM
Elsewhere Napier hit 196 off 130 balls with 16 sixes equalling the record number in a first class innings!! He also holds the record for number of T20 sixes in an innings. Potential England T20 player I'd imagine, although England won't see any need to change what they've been doing in T20 considering how well they've done in it the past year.
Posted 19 May 2011 - 08:43 PM
Cook and Pietersen also scored 50s today, good news.
Forgot, hundred for Bell as well.
Posted 20 May 2011 - 08:19 PM