from Left field:

England cricket selectors have got it all wrong in the Ashes

December 19, 2013

It’s not only the on-field performances that let England down in the Ashes. The selectors too got it wrong starting from the initial announcement of the squad to the playing XI that was chosen for the third Test. The team management must also share the blame for going 3-0 down and losing the urn.

from Left field:

Strauss’s side still not England’s best

August 28, 2011

By John Mehaffey

According to International Cricket Council statistician David Kendix's calculations, three England sides before Andrew Strauss's present team would have topped the test world rankings too if the current format had existed.

from FaithWorld:

Hong Kong funeral expo shows new ways to deal with the dead

By Reuters Staff
May 23, 2011

(A TV journalist tries a coffin during Asia Funeral Expo (AFE) in Hong Kong May 19, 2011/Bobby Yip)

from Left field:

Collingwood exit gives England test dilemma

January 6, 2011

CRICKET-ASHES/The retirement of Paul Collingwood from England’s test team was beautifully timed, leaving the selectors with the dilemma of who to replace the versatile batsman but with a long time to contemplate the decision and from a pretty lofty perch.

from Left field:

England close to retaining Ashes but eyes should be on bigger prize

December 28, 2010

CRICKET-ASHES/England moved closer to bringing the Ashes back from Australia for the first time in 24 years on Tuesday as they reduced the battered hosts to 169-6 at stumps on day three of the fourth test, needing just four more wickets to wrap up victory and still with a lead of 246.

from Left field:

Oh, what to do about the Colly wobbles

December 24, 2010

CRICKET-ASHES/With the fourth test steaming up on us like Santa’s sleigh with an inebriated Rudolf at the helm, time is running out for England to decide on what to do about a problem like Paul Collingwood.

from Left field:

England take day one honours in Perth

December 16, 2010

CRICKET-ASHES/

England won the first day honours in the third Ashes test to the delight of their 'Barmy Army', bowling Australia out for 268 and reaching 29 without loss before the close of play.

from Left field:

Doctor’s orders mean changes for Australia but belief is key

December 15, 2010

CRICKET-ASHES/Did somebody call for a doctor? A psychiatrist more like! A serious amount of surgery is needed on the Australian cricket team to help them turn around their fortunes in the third Ashes test starting on Thursday.

from Left field:

A test comeback for Warne? Australia are not that desperate

December 9, 2010

CRICKET-ASHES/"Bowling, Shane" are not words English batsmen would want to hear ever again, but how would the Australians react to Shane Warne making an astonishing return to answer his nation's plea for help in the wake of the second test defeat to the 'Poms'?

from Left field:

Downbeat but not out — an England fan at the Ashes

November 25, 2010

CRICKET-ASHES/England have been in far worse positions at the end of a first Ashes test in Brisbane. Although being bowled out for 260 is far from ideal Andrew Strauss's team should believe they are still in this contest.