"I am very happy and it will allow me to have lot more rice."
Eoin Morgan on being given a rice cooker for being Man of the Match in a Dhaka Premier Division game.
Of course the reverse could equally be true; the focus on the impending Ashes series could be a filip for performances in preceding series, with players determined to grab a squad/team spot through their performances in these other tests & series.
- As featured in The Independent.
"Even when England lost 5-0 in 2006-07 I don't remember them folding like this. This is as bad as I have seen from an England side."
- Mick Vaughan on the 2013/14 tourists' efforts
England are in trouble for they do not beat any team (I do not consider Bangladesh a test side) or looking like thay can beat any side with any degree of certainty. This cant feel right. The players have their careers, their reputations and their self respects at stake. It is silly (sorry for repeating the word but I am doing so to hold myself from using a stronger one) to assume that they do not try.
Why cant we just accept that English cricket is in bad shape. They need lot of things happening to get it right. They need a stronger captain (who will be given a longer run), they need to be strong enough to tell themselves that players like Harmison are completely worthless and every year that goes with Harmison still playing for England (even if it is not every game) is a year lost in building a new attack, and above all they need a better pool to chose from.
When Bopara got that hundred I was in England and discussing the game with my brother's English neighbour. My comment to him on Bopara was that it is unfortunate for England that he got that hundred (not a convincing one in my book) because now they are going to play him for years to come.
England are just not good enough and are led by weak leaders.
To believe this talk about the Ashes is to do exactly what is intended, overlook their inherent weaknesses.
Test teams look ahead all the time. It's the press who relate everything back to the Ashes, and I don't really think it makes that much of a difference. Playing devil's advocate, it could help put a time frame on when issues need to be sorted out by, a target for when they need a settled team.
Outside of that, pretty much agree with SJS.
I think the simple truth is our current ranking (sixth in tests, if memory serves) is a pretty accurate gauge of where we are.
Aside from the admirable Pietersen, I can't imagine too many other test nations ranked above us casting envious eyes towards our XI for the 5th test just finished.
hasnt it been true like forever?.if england want to concentrate on winning one Ashes series in a decade at th neglect of other cricket endeavours then who are we to complain?.best of luck is all i can say.
RIP Craigos. A true CW legend. You will be missed.
Yeah that was when Akhtar was around his best and Kaneria was a lot better than he is right now too. Despite him being a complete and utter cock, I have to say those 95mph inswinging yorkers Shoaib bowled were one of the great sights of cricket, pity his career turned out to be a cautionary tale to tell young players.
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