Each and every single cricket related thought of one Yorkshire born and dwelling, extremely average, village cricketer!
One-Day Batting Best: 47 (2009)
One-Day Bowling Best: 6-25 (2006)
T20 Batting Best: 40 not out (2016)
T20 Bowling Best: 3-6 (2009)
Equal number of Test caps as Peter Trego
Equal number of ODI caps as Darren Stevens
Equal number of T20I caps as Graham Napier
Twice played against West Indies legend Shawn Findlay!
I’ve noticed, but forgot to do something about it when I posted my last article, that often when you publish an article you’ve drafted a long time ago, it slots in on the date that you first created the draft. You then have to manually change the date and as a result, I don’t think that it shows up on the Reader so you miss out on potential views.
I’ve previously provided tips based on my blogging experiences and of course want to maximise exposure and views etc received. This little nuisance is particularly annoying!
As with Peter Oborne’s A History of Cricket in Pakistan, when reading James Astill’s The Great Tamasha, not only do you learn about cricket but the country as a whole.
Firstly, let’s get the criticism out of the way. Occasionally Astill dismisses the careers of some domestic players whose batting averages weren’t particularly lofty. Whilst he draws attention to the fact that many players were presented with opportunities that they didn’t merit, one or two mentioned deserve a little more respect. There are ranges in people’s abilities in all walks of life and not every batsman in Indian domestic cricket can average north of sixty.
Moving on, what rings true in Astill’s work is that he’s clearly immersed himself in local culture. He’s lived and breathed the streets, slums and cricket fields of India and not just the tourist spots. Astill performed many interviews with folk who are or were involved in the game at all levels of the cricket spectrum. It is interesting to have read this book five or six years since publication. The IPL is clearly still very much part of the cricket calendar even though there was great uncertainty and controversy during and before the time of writing.
Lalit Modi courts a lot of page time as do the owners of the IPL franchises. Astill’s explanations of why Indian’s watch cricket and their reasons for doing so are particularly insightful.
For enthusiastic fans of the global game, this is essential reading and scores…
You can login via Facebook or Google and it’s free to play… which Telegraph Fantasy Cricket isn’t. There are two separate competitions for the County Championship and One-Day Cup. Along with having fifteen-man squads and a clear picture of who is playing when, CricketXI does seem easier and better to play than TFC, although there’s no financial prize on offer.
The image at the top of this post is my XI for the County Championship. Cue scepticism about Cook being on the bench but the batsman that I’ve selected are at least occasional bowlers which is why I’ve selected those personnel. Burnham a bowler?!
Below is my XI for the One-Day Cup. No Marsh doesn’t bowl but with the World Cup looming he’ll be determined to perform. Wessels may keep wicket, Jennings will bowl and Borthwick listed as a bowler!
I’ve created two leagues and you’re more than welcome to join them so please sign up. The names of the leagues as well as the codes if required are listed below…
2019 CC Morris Invitational
2019 ODC Morris Invitational
The Ashes, The World Cup, Cricket 19 on console, Cricket Captain 2019, Telegraph Fantasy Cricket and CricketXI not to mention if you still actually play the game unlike retirees like me, it’s an epic feast of cricket this summer!
Big Ant’s fourth attempt at a cricket game will hopefully be their most polished yet.
Don Bradman Cricket 14, its follow up in 17 and Ashes Cricket all had their qualities but far too often steps forward were compromised by as many steps back.
What do you intend to do on Cricket 19?
A career mode as yourself or maybe a family member or celebrity. I’d love to do some career modes as my daughters. I’ve got one down for left-arm spin and the other as a right-hander, maybe a modern-day attacking batter.
Maybe you’ll create some leagues. I’ll be revisiting my Test league as England. I don’t think that I’ll over do it with the number of teams and might keep white-ball cricket for some separate triangular tournaments. You know I love a good triangular!
Maybe you’ll find some unlikely heroes. Adam Lyth’s 120 in an ODI against Nepal will live with me forever!!!
Who will you hand out international caps too?
As the anticipation builds, be sure to look out for my match reports and reviews coming soon.