Ghostbusters 2020

Hi all

I just wanted to draw (Literally) your attention to some thrilling news. There’s a new Ghostbusters film out next year and judging by the title it’s got a cricket theme!

We all know how little cricket is accessible on TV let alone the big screen which is surprising given the narrative that the game often produces. Hopefully Ghostbusters 2020 will be the start of play on a steady stream of cricket themed movies.

I’m really interested to see what the storyline will be. Will it be ghosts hosting ‘Busters’ at the SCG or will the phantoms and their menaces pop up in India, USA, Papua New Guinea or at Lords?

We’ll just have to wait our turn to bat to find out!

Mad as a Hatter!

There’s something about failure that appeals to me!

When a batsman rocks up on debut and is out for a duck or a bowler concedes over a ton of runs without taking a wicket, the thought of their Cricinfo profile page displaying those stats for eternity genuinely eats away at me. When others write them off and say “Never pick them again” or “Not good enough” I say “People learn from bad experiences”, “They’ve got imperfection out of their system” or “Marvan Atapattu”!

Why am I telling you this?

Step forward Nic Maddinson. Test average 6.25… and if you thought that Marcus Harris looked like a village cricketer when playing in the Ashes this year then Maddo wasn’t far behind when taking on South Africa a couple of years ago. Few players have looked so perfectly designed to fit the phrase ‘A rabbit in the headlights’ as the Victoria opening bat did against Kagiso Rabada and co. Redemption though could be on its way.

The 27-year-old has been named in the Cricket Australia XI to take on Pakistan in a three-day match and should he outscore incumbent Harris could realistically play in the first Test. Maddinson wasn’t an opener in his previous existence as a Test cricketer but with no time to stew on the balcony and things really not able to get much worse could the Nowra native make a belated impression on cricket’s greatest stage?

Stop Being Tossers?!

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Hi all

The subject of the coin toss in cricket has come up a bit recently and I’m definitely not the first blogger to broach the subject in recent times. South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis has had his say and domestic competitions in England, India and Pakistan have already done away with the toss. Here’s my proposal for an alternative that could be used in Test cricket. I think the general vibe is that it’s most relevant to multi-innings/day cricket but this could also be utilised in limited overs cricket.

Quite simply, in the first match of a series the away team chooses whether or not they want to bat or bowl first. The winner of that match then gets to choose in the next match and so on and so on. In the instance of a draw or tie the team that had the right to toss maintains that right. Ultimately the team that tosses has to lose a match to lose tossing rights.

What do you think?

Please let me know your thoughts, your own ideas and vote in my poll below. Feel free to share the link with… anyone!

The Forlorn Fielder

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The fielder basked in the sun but it was the batsman who was soaking up the adulation. The crowd’s rapturous applause thundered deep into the ears of the fielder. Culpable of dropping a catch only an hour ago, fingertips at fault, guilt now rippled through the veins of the sweat-drenched fielder.

There’d be no opportunity to make amends, no chance to redeem. It was far too late for that. As the batsman went on, 110, 120, 150, the pain only grew worse for the forlorn fielder. Against the backdrop of a setting sun the sun set on the fielder’s career. Dusk settled on the fielder’s time at the top but dawn was rising on the young batsman’s passage.

Setting and rising, dusk and dawning. Over the young batsman observers were fawning but the fielder had graced the field of green for one last morning. As the day evaporated and afternoon became evening, people drew curtains in houses across the land whilst the curtain closed on the fielder’s stage.

Who Should Keep Wicket in NZ? The Results

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Many thanks to those of you who voted in my latest poll and now the results are in I can confirm that there’s not much to choose between the contenders. I can also confirm that it won’t be the man in the above image donning the gloves!

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33% of voters plumped for Yorkshire’s Jonny Bairstow to don the gloves in New Zealand. I’m sure that some will want him to use the disappointment of being dropped from the Test side to fire him up in the T20Is and potentially retake the Test gloves come the tour of South Africa.

33% also went for uncapped Somerset star Tom Banton. Banton lit up English county cricket last year and has already earned some franchise gigs for the winter that lies ahead. It’ll be interesting to see how his role in a team be it county, franchise or international and his career as a whole pan out in this ever-changing cricket landscape.

17% of you want Kent captain Sam Billings to keep wicket which may be appropriate because 17 sounds like the kind of score he might make! There’s lots of competition for top order batting slots. Will Billings get one let alone get the gloves?

17% of you also want to see the gloves shared around between Bairstow, Banton and Billings during the T20I series in Aotearoa.

Many thanks once again and look out for my next poll soon.

Disclaimer: Admittedly six votes is a small sample size. Be sure to share the link to my next poll with all your friends. Thank you!

Cricket 19: NWHTC Round Ten – Squad Announcement

Your England Test squad for the North Western Hemisphere Test Championship Round Ten match against Netherlands at Headingley, Leeds is:

Dawid Malan

Haseeb Hameed

Dominic Sibley

Joe Root (Captain)

Harry Brook

Ben Stokes

Jos Buttler (Wicketkeeper)

Rob Keogh

George Garton

Jamie Porter

James Anderson

Lewis Gregory

Having already secured a place in the inaugural NWHTC final and with a busy schedule of ODIs on the horizon, we’ve opted to rest the following players for this match: Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Jamie Overton and Stuart Broad.

The following players all return to the Test squad: Ben Stokes, Rob Keogh, Jamie Porter and James Anderson. Lewis Gregory, recently capped at ODI level, will act as twelfth man.

Congratulations to Yorkshire’s Harry Brook who will make his Test debut on his home ground as well as Sussex’s George Garton who is promoted from twelfth man duties to the playing XI for the first time.

Though we’ve already qualified for the final and Netherlands will finish in the bottom two, I’m expecting some top performances from our players as they each look to secure a place in the playing XI for the final against arch rivals Scotland.