The post-match declaration that a team will, ‘try to take the positives from the loss and move on’, is so frequently repeated that it has practically become a reflex action for vanquished captains, a usually meaningless morsel of management speak thrown to a hungry pack of journalists. However sometimes the oldest clichés happen to be wholly appropriate.
It seems Alistair Cook can do no wrong in India. Largely written off as a one-day player early in his career, Cook has proved his doubters wrong since being given his chance in the 50 over game.
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It is simply not possible for England to produce a convincing ODI performance at present. Defeated at the hands of Bangladesh yesterday, frustration will be growing amongst players, coaching staff and fans as a lack of conviction once again proved their downfall.
Even with a crystal ball you could not predict which England team would elect to [...]
The ICC owe much to Andy Flower and his side. Without England’s uncanny ability to produce nerve-jangling endings, this World Cup would simply not have been all it was cracked up to be.
‘Outstanding’ would simply would not cut it in the superlative queue after a game like that. If there was an advert ever needed for the 50-over game, that was it in its most glorious form.
It seems like only yesterday that England were once again demolished by a ruthless and vengeful Australia by six wins to one, the same scoreline that Andrew Flintoff’s side suffered four years ago. A complete reshuffle of the line-up, players returning from injury and trials for fringe players seems to have given the side a healthier, more invigorated look.
So I believe there is some talk of a World Cup approaching. While the 14 nations taking part will be undergoing their hefty training schedules, the Indian Premier League is subtly taking its position to follow up the biggest global cricket event.
In an early scene of Star Wars: A New Hope, Luke Skywalker wears a helmet with the visor down, effectively blinding himself, before defending himself against shots using his lightsaber. He achieves this by ‘feeling the force’ so the story goes.
Strange question, this, sort of, but how long do you need to have been following a sport, or a particular team, before you’re allowed an opinion on it?
A week? A month? A season? A lifetime?
Get it wrong, butt in before your views are considered valid, before you’ve paid your dues or clocked up an acceptable [...]
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