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EDIT: Updated thread title. *straightens tie, coughs, waits for studio lights to come up* PLAY THEME MUSIC http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CY_3SGNRvMw Hello, and welcome to another edition of Cricket Lovely Cricket. You join us for the second leg in this year's Ashes one-two - England's tour of Australia. After an eventful home series in which both sides looked a bit scrappy, and dubious umpiring decisions stole the limelight more than once, what can we expect from the Australian tour? Have the teams, and the officials, learnt from their mistakes? England, of course, won that first leg 3-0, tha
So I didn't find a thread for this, and it's pretty much heading our way at the speed of a freight train now! 16 days to go, which obviously is long enough for Australia to decide they can get a new coach in... BBC: Arthur 'sacked' as Australia coach Utter chaos The test schedule is as follows: First Test: 10th - 14th July, Trent Bridge (Result: England won by 14 runs) Second Test: 18th - 22nd July, Lord's (Result: England won by 347 runs) Third Test: 1st - 5th August, Old Trafford (Result: Match drawn) Fourth Test: 9th - 13th August, Chester-le-Street (Result: England won by 7
Oops, despite this going on in my backyard, I've managed to forget to neglect to start a new thread until the Test series is upon us. The tests do mean one thing though... the return of The Ghost. No, wait, they don't. He's not in the squad. Bugger. So, England take both the Twenty20 and ODI series two games to one. Both series had two England wallopings and one close one where NZ crept home. Now we move onto the longer format, which in recent years has been NZ's weakest form of the game. For England, the big question is whether to persist with Nick Compton in the opener's slot after his so
It was a time of Cricket... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNX1beRgwJ8 Yes, it's proper cricket time again. England are touring India for 4 tests, 3 T20s and 5 ODIs, starting with the first test on the 15th. Fixture list here!. The build up has been... interesting. The BCCI have made another money grab and tried to extort the BBC and Sky an extra 50,000 GBP and 250,000 GBP respectively for letting TMS and Sky use facilities at the ground. The Beeb have come to an arrangement, but the last I heard Sky had not, meaning that their presenters will be sitting in a studio in the UK watching the pipe