Monthly Archives: May 2013

Patience-Testing England Test Players

There are a number of indisputably ‘top class’ players in the England side. For instance, James Anderson is one of the top two or three new ball bowlers in world cricket; Graeme Swann is one of the world’s top spinners … Continue reading

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The First Ashes Warm-Up Match – Day Four Poem

Day One – it began, a cricketing Leviticus Dull to it’s core; a chore, a bore, an eye-sore, please Geoff – no more! Day Two – a progression, at it’s best serendipitous A grind condensed, my two cents: no ubermensch … Continue reading

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The Wrong Un XI – Part 1 – Opening Batsman 1

This is NOT a ‘best XI of all-time’ post:- I have only been around since the 1980s so that would require at least a small degree of research and effort, which regulars to this blog will know never happens. This … Continue reading

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The First Ashes Warm-Up Match – Day Three Poem*

Day Three begun, with New Zealand stunned A flurry of wickets, England playing top cricket Yes – he’s got him, 5 up for Jim! Then England set about, putting the game out of doubt However Cook was caught and Compton … Continue reading

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The First Ashes Warm-Up Match – Day Two Poem

Joey Root, Johnny B, Came out to face The new cherry Block and leave Like the day before Not much to cheer, Maidens galore A quiet first hour Recovery perhaps? Then a leg side snaffle And an English collapse Two-three-two … Continue reading

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The First Ashes Warm-Up Match – Day One Poem

First dawn of the English Test summer, England ready to take on all-comers Raring to go Were Cook and Compo’ Yet their blocks made the Lords crowd so much glummer When Trott came in we were then torn Each dull … Continue reading

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England Ahead of the Test Summer – Who’s in “the pink”?

In the pink signifies a state of well being; good health. The pink here has nothing to do with colour, but is based on the old English ‘pynca’ meaning “point”, hence “peak” or “apex”. Shakespeare speaks of “the pink of … Continue reading

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