Archive for the ‘English cricket’ Category


No Welcome Mat for Jofra Archer in England Squad?

April 17, 2019

On the eve of England’s World Cup squad announcement, the name Jofra Archer seems to be on everybody’s lips, and not always in the most welcoming way. The Barbados-born Archer, who recently qualified to represent England, has plenty of supporters, but number of his prospective team-mates have expressed reservations. Here’s what they had to say – on both sides of the argument.

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When Sri Lanka had to ‘mankad’ Buttler and Co.

March 31, 2019

Rex Clementine, in Sunday Island, 31 March 2019, where the title runs “Marvan on ‘Mankading’ Buttler in 2014”

There are certain places visiting teams would hate play overseas. As for Sri Lankans, they avoid Wanderes in Johannesburg like the plague as it always seams around there. So is Edgbaston in Birmingham where the seam bowlers come into the equation all the time. Sri Lanka have played at Edgbaston on five times but won only once. That win came in 2014 in a bitterly contested ODI. These days teams tend to make most of the scheduling and invariably the hosts would want to play the final game of a series at a venue that favours them, just in case if that happens to be a decider. So was the case in 2014. The five match ODI series was squared 2-2. Sri Lanka won a low scoring thriller with Lahiru Thirimanne and Mahela Jayawardene posting half-centuries to wrap up the series 3-2. Rather than celebrating a famous series win, the cricketing world was busy discussing the ‘Mankading’ of Josh Buttler. Some ex-England players found fault with the Sri Lankans.

Sachithra Senanayake gestures to the umpire after ‘mankading’ Jos Buttler.

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Roach–Holder–Chase are Outstanding in Rout of England at Bridgetown

January 29, 2019

Kemar Roach = in England 1st innings of a paltry 77 runs

Jason Holder = 202 runs n.o. in massive Windies total of 415 for 6 wkts declared

Roston Chase = 8 wkts for 60 runs in England 2nd inns total of 246 runs

Roston Chase celebrates Getty Images
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Surprise! Cricket Luv’ly Cricket Surprise in Bridgetown

January 25, 2019

Valkerie Baynes, ESPNcricinfo, 25 January 2019, where the title is Kemar Roach claims the day as England are left stunned by West Indies”

Stumps West Indies 127 for 6 (Dowrich 27*, Holder 7*) lead England 77 (Jennings 17, Roach 5-17) by 339 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

England were entitled to stride off the Kensington Oval after less than an hour’s play on day two with their chests thrust forward and grins on their faces, a job well done. They had, after all, restricted West Indies to a total of 289 on a pitch both captains wanted to bat on first.Three and a half hours later, the entrance

Kemar Roach celebrates the dismissal of Jos Buttler Getty Images

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Barmy Army’s Potent Brew in Sri Lanka 2018

December 7, 2018

Beer Consumption brings Barmy Army a Cricket Match with Lion  Brewery

Lion Brewery PLC hosted a friendly T20 cricket match between the Brewery and England’s Barmy Army at the Colts Ground in Colombo recently. The world renowned ‘Barmy Army’ squad was in Sri Lanka to support their home team at the recently concluded Sri Lanka tour…. Item in Island, 6 December 2018

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That Summer of Merchant and Mankad in England in 1946

December 1, 2018

Anindya Dutta, in The Cricket Monthly, 25 June 2018, where the title reads “A dinner in 1946”

It was the last tour by undivided India to Britain. It was the summer of Merchant and Mankad, and independence was around the corner. The year was 1946. England was caught between the exhilaration of emerging victorious from the Second World War and the devastation the war had wrought upon the country, both in terms of people and resources. Rationing was still in place, and the economy was in tatters.For six long years, while war raged, cricket had taken a backseat. There had been little first-class cricket, and the battlefields claimed some of England’s most talented players, like the venerated Hedley Verity. There were only 11 first-class matches in the 1945 season. Nineteen forty-six was the first year when a normal county season was scheduled and Test cricket could again be played. Cricket was seen as a way to restore a feeling of normalcy to a country severely affected by war and its consequences. Lala Amarnath, Nawab of Pataudi snr and Shute Banerjee arrive in England for the 1946 tour

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How England bested Sri Lanka: Seizing the Moments

November 30, 2018






 Rohan Wijeyaratna, Island, 28 November 2018, where the title is “Playing the bigger moments better……”

 When attendant scribes finally sit down to write on this English tour outside the cricket in retrospect, not much would be written complimentarily, given what happened to some members of the Barmy Army – the travelling supporters of the England team. The manner in which some were denied their pre-booked hotel rooms – thanks to some panic stricken match organisers – will feature high in what now seems an utterly ill-managed and ill-executed aspect of the tour. The stink it would earn this country will only be eclipsed by the larger stink generated through the uncouth political wrangling and totally unacceptable behaviour, never seen in the annals of any civilized society anywhere, this century. The damage in both instances would take long years to mend, and it will take a lot out of many, to offset the negative publicity the country has attracted. It would also sting an already sensitive tourist industry beyond its threshold of pain. What happened to these Barmy army men was no hiccup. But adding insult to injury, not even a cursory apology was forthcoming. Feelings were ruffled, people seriously inconvenienced, and to complete the misery, the host team was handed a complete ‘whitewash’ for their trouble. Much work will now have to be done to control the damage, but for the repair processes to begin, the country must first return back to normal. At the time of writing, normalcy seems nowhere in sight.

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