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The Future of Coaching Pacemen

Posted on 10 September, 2019 at 19:30

To follow on from my Facebook Post Friday Sep 5th re: the Jofra Archer article in the Age newspaper.

If you were able to read the article the “Fast Man” is expected to change the face of fast bowling for years to come. And I for one hope he does, because Jofra has everything a fast bowler should have.

However, this will mean the re structuring of cricket development programs world wide along with a revision of the content provided to those it is supposed to benefit: Wh...

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Old Trafford

Posted on 4 September, 2019 at 21:15

The 4th Test at Manchester’s Old Trafford gets underway tonight and it is a must win situation for England.

The toss and the weather will determine the result here... this time of year in Lancashire; the cricket seasons in the various leagues around Lanc’s are drawing to a close.

A drawn Test is not what England want either.

There are are so many variables that could effect this result and must fall into place for England to win, otherwise they’ll go to th...

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Is Jofra corrrect?

Posted on 2 September, 2019 at 8:20

England's new fast bowling sensation Jofra Archer has played all of 2 Tests and I might add; on wickets that have done plenty. He won’t find these condition everywhere he plays but this hasn’t stopped him from sledging opponents.

The question I ask is; has he experienced enough of the game to be in a position to make such bold statements? In other words, has he earned his stripes? There is no longevity here... that’s for certain!

Most new arrivals to Test match c...

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More on the "Concussion Rule"

Posted on 20 August, 2019 at 0:55

Yesterday I said the concussion rule cost England Victory at Lords because Australia were allowed a replacement batsmen. This prompted immediate response in defence of the rule and the severity of concussion.


Still, I am not convinced a replacement player should be allowed. Just as we accept an umpires decision when we are dismissed... why is it that we cannot accept a medical decision on the matter?


Concussion after all, is an injury and if sustain durin...

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Cricket's The Concussion Rule

Posted on 20 August, 2019 at 0:45

The “Concussion Rule” denied England a series levelling win at Lords last night.


In the course of any sporting event, injuries happen. Jim Anderson if you remember suffered a recurrence of a calf strain in the first innings of the Edgbaston Test; having completed just 4 overs he was unable to contribute for the remainder of the match. England played on with a substitute fielder but were a bowler down for the most of the Test Match.


On the othe...

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Posted on 12 August, 2019 at 20:20

There are serious problems facing the game of cricket: such as


Grass Roots Cricket where participation numbers have been fraudulently portrayed in order to achieve performance bonus’s.


Poor development programs implemented throughout the country; forget that they don’t address the future needs of the game or its sustainability; and


Forget about those being attracted to the game... it’s natural resource.


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Posted on 10 August, 2019 at 1:20

To Cricket Australia (CA) if Shane Warne was banned for 12 months for taking a diuretic to reduce weight; and Smith, Warner & Bancroft banned for 12 months for attempting to alter the condition of the ball, also deemed bring the game into disrepute.


You CA are now saying it is fine to take drugs? (To reduce testosterone but not weight); and that it’s ok to tamper with the ball, the balls you're naturally born with / or not, just to pretend your female so you can p...

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1st Test Summary 2019 Edgbaston

Posted on 7 August, 2019 at 20:00

At the “Fortress”, Edgbaston, Australia and as my wife said to me this morning, “Gee Australia really thumped England”. And Yes! They did in the end, but it wasn’t all one way, it was a real battle.


Having won the toss and choosing to bat the Aussies came from behind after their top order capitulated. It took a heroic effort from Steve Smith and Peter Siddle to add respectability; and not wanting to take anything away from Smith and Siddle, Eng...

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Posted on 7 August, 2019 at 19:55

In my post on Thursday morning I mentioned that I had doubts re: the bowling tactics the Australian’s might use; then again on Friday, I raised the issue when Cummins had opened around the wicket to Rory Burns; Burns is now 120 odd not out.


When I first saw this approach being employed; I thought why didn’t the Australia’s select the left arm pace of Starc?


Was the concern, batting depth? Because it couldn’t have been balance... no...

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Preview 1st Test Edgbaston 2019

Posted on 7 August, 2019 at 19:50

With the 2019 ICC World Cup out of the way, it is time to sit back and enjoy the truest form of cricket.


A game of intrigue that encapsulates 5 fluctuating days, whether it be a wearing pitch or the physical demands on its participants; we watch on with anticipation and uncertainty as events unfold under overcast skies; or perhaps with expectations bought about by the magnificence of another English summer afternoon that invariably inspires so many a heroic performances. It...

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