from Left field:

More Freelance Flintoffs might serve England well

September 17, 2009

flintoffAndrew Flintoff's decision to forego a contract with England and set himself up as an elite cricket freelancer has provoked a fair amount of grumbling in the media, with words like "mercenary" and "snub" being bandied about all over the place.

from Left field:

Ill discipline costs England again

August 21, 2009

flintoffHeard the one about the English batsmen who just couldn't resist nibbling at balls way outside off stump? It is an all too common occurrence and is the main reason why England fell short of a good first innings total in the deciding Ashes test.

from Left field:

Battle-weary Australia need Lee fit and in form

August 4, 2009

brettleeAustralia have far more limited options than England when they consider changes to their
battle-weary side for the fourth Ashes test
 starting on Friday at Headingley, with their main hope of fresh impetus resting on the fitness of Brett Lee.

from Left field:

Defiant England escape with draw in first Ashes Test

July 12, 2009

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I'm still not quite sure how, but somehow England escaped with a draw from the first Ashes Test against Australia, closing out the fifth day on 252-9, 13 runs ahead of the Aussie total and with no time left for the tourists to bat.

from Left field:

Ashes day 4: England had no luck, and nor did they deserve it

July 11, 2009

CRICKET-ASHES/For a third day in row England's demoralised bowlers wheeled away with all the luck of someone who's just walked across the path a black cat and smashed a mirror while walking under a ladder.

from Left field:

Ashes day one: advantage Australia?

July 8, 2009

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What an extraordinary first day of Test match cricket, even by Ashes standards. A day that ebbed and flowed, that tormented and teased both sets of supporters and ultimately left us with the question: where does the balance of this match lie?

Should Pietersen have walked?

January 8, 2009

England cricket is in deep disarray after the decision by captain Kevin Pietersen to resign as a result of his public spat with coach Peter Moores over the direction and training of the team.

Can Bradman’s record be broken?

August 27, 2008

bradman.jpgAustralian cricketer Don Bradman was born 100 years ago — on Aug. 27 1908 in the New South Wales country town of Cootamundra.

Is Pietersen the man for the Ashes?

August 4, 2008

vaughan.jpg(This Have Your Say was updated after Kevin Pietersen’s appointment) Kevin Pietersen has been named as Michael Vaughan’s replacement as England cricket captain.Vaughan, England’s most successful cricket captain, stepped down after a series of disappointing performances at the crease and the loss of the current Test series to South Africa.Dubbed “Me Ego” by the South Africans for his flamboyant style of playing, do you think Pietersen is the man to take England on to regain the Ashes next year? Can he put the interests of the team ahead of his own indomitable style?The South African-born player has negligible captaining experience.Have Alastair Cook, for example, Andrew Strauss, Freddie Flintoff and Robert Key been unfairly overlooked?And should Vaughan have walked so soon?