India Open Women's T20I World Cup With Two Wins
Leading from the front Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur helped her team to make a great start to the 2018 Women's T20I World Cup being played in the West Indies.
A Grounded View from Durham
Vic Demain our old friend from his Uxbridge days gives his perspective of our final match of the season from his role as Durham groundsman. Many thanks for sharing.
The Changing World
We have one season before the cricket world in the UK alters. Next year we will have an Ashes tour AND the World Cup in the British Isles and the mayhem to come related to that and THEN we have the new world of the 'Hundred' in 2020 which no one seems able to give concrete information on. Meanwhile the country is looking to leave the European Union in March of 2019 with no real infomration about how that affects 'kolpak' rulings (I doubt the government has much time to discuss cricket aspects) or the roles of 'Commonwealth' players. So the whole thing is in a state of flux.......
Squads for India T20Is, Tests and ODIs upcoming
The Selectors have picked many players for the various upcoming Series. On the one hand it is heartening to see the depth of talent available, and also to see that the BCCI is providing great certainty by picking the various squads so early. But as the selection of FORTY odd players for the various series in England last summer demonstrated...just picking a lot of talent... but having poor planning in scheduling warm up games and also being a bit too rigid in later selection means that even with a potential bench of FORTY plus India still came out on the short end in both the ODIs and Tests... only managing to win the T20I series. The same mistake must not be repeated. In a late breaking news it is now learned that the selectors have added Kedar Jadhav to the squad for the last 2 ODIs versus West Indies. I guess his loud squawking about his being left out had the desired effect... though to be honest why he was not included in the squad in the first place defied logic. Also, a bit sad to see that Varun Aaron has not found a place in any of the squads... He did a stellar job for Jharkhand who reached the semi-finals of the Hazare Trophy, and it would have been useful to have a bowler with serious pace.(150kmph+) available for Australia in case the pace bowling needed to be beefed up.
A Double Diamond Celebration Works Wonders
Beefy shares his thoughts on a moving afteroon at Durham where our friend Diamond was appropriately remembered.
The Amazing Mr. Jaddu
Once called a non-wicket taking bowler by the legendary Erapalli Prasanna early in his career, Jadeja now has 185 wickets in 39 Tests to Prasanna's own 189 in 49 Tests... So even legends can be fooled. Look at his numbers and compare them to all left arm bowlers pace or spin who have taken 100 or more Test wickets...
The Latest Forum Middlesex
Jonathan Winsky gives us a detailed report from this Sunday morning forum.
India versus Pakistan Test Pace Attacks
Pakistani fans and media naturally think their fast bowling is better than India's, but what is surprising is that even Indian media seem to think that is the case. But is that really so? In this piece I do a comparison and reach the conclusion that this is a myth colored by the historic imbalance between the pace attacks of the two sides, but not based on current statistics and performance.
Indian Women's Squad for T20 World Cup Announced
The Womens T20 World Cup is coming up in a month in West Indies, the home of the defending Womens T20 Champions. India have announced their Squad for the tournament. It will be led by Harmanpreet Kaur with Smriti Mandhana as vice captain. India will look to make the final 4 and from there anything is possible...
A Fine Finish
It took until the evening of the first day of the final fixture for Yorkshire to secure their top league status for next year when they picked up a second bowling bonus point. Remarkably, the Tykes then put their seal on a decent September by finishing the league campaign in a lofty fourth position. This has been a largely disappointing summer for the white rose, beset by batting inadequacies, but peculiarly Yorkshire are the fourth best team in the land, which I am afraid doesn't bode well for English cricket. Someone on Faecesbook the other day suggested that extras should be in contention for Yorkshire player of the season. This was a damning indictment of our summery travails, but at least it ended well with TKC, Lyth, and Ballance piling on the runs in the final few weeks. Nevertheless, a final position of fourth looks ludicrous, but there again league tables don't lie!