Careless England put to the sword by ruthless Black Caps in World Cup opener

England began their defence of the World Cup with a 9 wicket hammering at the hands of New Zealand at the Narendra Modi Stadium today. Four years ago, Eoin Morgan’s men had defeated the Blackcaps by, in commentator Ian Smith’s words, “the barest of margins” at Lords to lift the trophy but, under the unforgiving[…]

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England’s World Cup memories

“By the barest of margins!” Ian Smith’s words have since passed into the folklore of English sport since they were first uttered as Jos Buttler swept away the stumps to seal England’s first World Cup win in 2019. However, since cricket launched its’ first global tournament in 1975, the nation that hosted the first three[…]

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Faded glories shine bright as Foxes triumph on Cup final day

They came in their hundreds on the trains from Leicester, singing songs and wearing their Foxes bucket hats. It has been 22 years since Leicestershire reached a one day final, and 38 years since they had won one, and these fans were determined to make the most of it. Those of us of a vintage[…]

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The travesty of a 10 team World Cup

The Ashes understandably took the lion’s share of cricket fans’ attention this summer but the World Cup qualifying tournament that was being played out in Zimbabwe was arguably even more significant. You would hardly have known from the cricket media that it was even taking place. The Cricketer magazine devoted 8 lines on its’ news[…]

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Daring England win over the doubters in glorious Oval finale

I was wrong. So many of us who have watched this wonderful game for the majority of our lives and believed we understood it were wrong. We believed that “Bazball”, a word that the England team are probably as heartily sick of as most of you, was merely a fad, a hubristic flex destined to[…]

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England left to rue missed opportunities as Ashes fizzles out

This wasn’t how it was supposed to end, not for the greatest Ashes contest in years. It should have been a sun soaked final day at The Oval, the series perfectly tied at 2-2, the urn in the balance. Instead, we got a cold, dark day at Old Trafford, the rain pouring down while England’s[…]

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Stokes’ gunslingers earn themselves one more chance

In front of a raucous Sunday afternoon’s crowd at Headingley, England’s cricketers earned themselves a reprieve. It felt like a last stand for this team and its leadership, particularly when Ben Stokes was pummelling sixes with one functioning knee and a stiff back on Friday morning. England have got themselves into a hole of their[…]

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