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World Cup Prison Blues

I hear the final pool game a comin’
It’s rolling round the bend
And I ain’t seen England win since I don’t know when,
I’m stuck in Australasia, and time keeps draggin’ on
But that tournament keeps a rollin’ on down to the S.C.G.

When I was just a baby my mama told me. Son,
Always be a good boy, don’t ever play without fun.
But they selected a Tredwell & Ravi at Sydney just to watch them die

When I hear that Aussie crowing, I hang my head and cry..

I bet there’s rich folks eating in a fancy corporate box
They’re probably drinkin’ coffee and smoking big cigars.
Well I know England had it coming, I know England can’t be free
But this team keeps a losin’
And that’s what tortures me…

Well if they freed Ravi from this tour,
If that England job was mine
I bet I’d move the team on a little farther down the line
Far from the Peter Moores, that’s where I want to stay
And I’d let Ravi’s bowling blow my blues away…..

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Why are they under-performing?

When England players don’t perform at the World Twenty20 we’re reminded that this is because they don’t play in the IPL. Therefore England players are missing out on talking with elite players form around the world about Twenty20 cricket and develop ways to improve their game. When England players perform badly in a test series we often say that they need to go away and work on their game in the championship. When England players don’t perform in ODIs what do we say? Well in truth the reaction is often that the message the players here from their supporters is that it doesn’t matter  (and I’ve used the following tweet because the person is a senior figure in the media)

  

But another part of the problem is that our ODI side, like India’s test side, just don’t play any list a and twenty20 away from the England side.



Look at the senior players in the England set-up. A number have struggled in ODIs this winter. But when was the last time they were dropped from the ODIS side and played for their county?  Take Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook & James Anderson:

LIST A MATCHES PLAYED BY STUART BROAD (134)
Date Competition Match Ground
25th September 2005 totesport League 2005 Division 2 Leicestershire v Kent Grace Road, Leicester a16860
23rd April 2006 Cheltenham and Gloucester Trophy 2006 North Division Lancashire v Leicestershire Old Trafford, Manchester a17389
25th June 2006 Cheltenham and Gloucester Trophy 2006 North Division Scotland v Leicestershire Raeburn Place, Edinburgh a17500
1st August 2006 NatWest Pro40 League 2006 Division 2 Gloucestershire v Leicestershire College Ground, Cheltenham a17536
9th August 2006 NatWest Pro40 League 2006 Division 2 Kent v Leicestershire St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury a17555
14th August 2006 NatWest Pro40 League 2006 Division 2 Leicestershire v Worcestershire Grace Road, Leicester a17564
17th September 2006 NatWest Pro40 League 2006 Division 2 Leicestershire v Derbyshire Grace Road, Leicester a17614
29th April 2007 Friends Provident Trophy 2007 North Division Worcestershire v Leicestershire County Ground, New Road, Worcester a18205
3rd June 2007 Friends Provident Trophy 2007 North Division Leicestershire v Nottinghamshire Doncaster Close, Oakham School a18247
13th June 2007 Friends Provident Trophy 2007 North Division Leicestershire v Derbyshire Grace Road, Leicester a18269
30th July 2007 NatWest Pro40 League 2007 Division 2 Middlesex v Leicestershire Lord’s Cricket Ground, St John’s Wood a18311
7th August 2007 NatWest Pro40 League 2007 Division 2 Derbyshire v Leicestershire County Ground, Derby a18319
27th April 2008 Friends Provident Trophy 2008 Midlands Group Ireland v Nottinghamshire Castle Avenue, Dublin a18955
21st September 2013 Yorkshire Bank 40 2013 Final Glamorgan v Nottinghamshire Lord’s Cricket Ground, St John’s Wood a22841

 

LIST A MATCHES PLAYED BY ALASTAIR COOK (150)
Date Competition Match Ground
7th May 2003 Cheltenham and Gloucester Trophy 2003 3rd Round Essex Cricket Board v Essex County Ground, Chelmsford a15094
9th June 2003 Pakistan in British Isles 2003 Essex v Pakistanis County Ground, Chelmsford a15155
21st September 2003 National League 2003 Division 1 Worcestershire v Essex County Ground, New Road, Worcester a15335
2nd May 2004 totesport League 2004 Division 1 Hampshire v Essex The Rose Bowl, Southampton a15855
3rd May 2004 totesport League 2004 Division 1 Essex v Warwickshire County Ground, Chelmsford a15861
5th May 2004 Cheltenham and Gloucester Trophy 2004 2nd Round Scotland v Essex Raeburn Place, Edinburgh a15876
16th May 2004 totesport League 2004 Division 1 Glamorgan v Essex Sophia Gardens, Cardiff a15887
23rd May 2004 totesport League 2004 Division 1 Surrey v Essex The Brit Oval, Kennington a15902
8th June 2004 totesport League 2004 Division 1 Essex v Hampshire County Ground, Chelmsford a15931
15th June 2004 Cheltenham and Gloucester Trophy 2004 Quarter-Final Worcestershire v Essex County Ground, New Road, Worcester a15938
5th June 2005 totesport League 2005 Division 1 Middlesex v Essex Lord’s Cricket Ground, St John’s Wood a16658
19th June 2005 totesport League 2005 Division 1 Worcestershire v Essex County Ground, New Road, Worcester a16681
7th August 2005 totesport League 2005 Division 1 Essex v Middlesex Garon’s Park, Southend-on-Sea a16775
18th September 2005 totesport League 2005 Division 1 Essex v Worcestershire The Ford County Ground, Chelmsford a16845
25th September 2005 totesport League 2005 Division 1 Northamptonshire v Essex County Ground, Northampton a16861
23rd April 2006 Cheltenham and Gloucester Trophy 2006 South Division Essex v Glamorgan The Ford County Ground, Chelmsford a17385
1st May 2006 Cheltenham and Gloucester Trophy 2006 South Division Hampshire v Essex The Rose Bowl, Southampton a17408
7th May 2006 Cheltenham and Gloucester Trophy 2006 South Division Essex v Ireland The Ford County Ground, Chelmsford a17421
29th April 2007 Friends Provident Trophy 2007 South Division Essex v Hampshire The Ford County Ground, Chelmsford a18197
6th May 2007 Friends Provident Trophy 2007 South Division Essex v Kent The Ford County Ground, Chelmsford a18206
13th May 2007 Friends Provident Trophy 2007 South Division Ireland v Essex Castle Avenue, Dublin a18223
3rd June 2007 Friends Provident Trophy 2007 South Division Surrey v Essex Whitgift School, Croydon a18250
20th June 2007 Friends Provident Trophy 2007 Semi-Final Durham v Essex Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street a18275
16th September 2007 NatWest Pro40 League 2007 Division 1 Northamptonshire v Essex County Ground, Northampton a18388
27th April 2008 Friends Provident Trophy 2008 South East Group Essex v Sussex The Ford County Ground, Chelmsford a18953
5th July 2008 Friends Provident Trophy 2008 Semi-Final Essex v Yorkshire The Ford County Ground, Chelmsford a19063
16th August 2008 Friends Provident Trophy 2008 Final Essex v Kent Lord’s Cricket Ground, St John’s Wood a19107
24th August 2008 NatWest Pro40 League 2008 Division 2 Essex v Glamorgan Castle Park Cricket Ground, Colchester a19124
20th May 2009 Friends Provident Trophy 2009 Group D Lancashire v Essex Old Trafford, Manchester a19821
23rd May 2009 Friends Provident Trophy 2009 Quarter-Final Lancashire v Essex Old Trafford, Manchester a19828
3rd September 2009 NatWest Pro40 League 2009 Division 1 Essex v Hampshire The Ford County Ground, Chelmsford a19931
5th September 2009 NatWest Pro40 League 2009 Division 1 Durham v Essex Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street a19933
8th September 2009 NatWest Pro40 League 2009 Division 1 Somerset v Essex County Ground, Taunton a19941
27th September 2009 NatWest Pro40 League 2009 Division 1 Yorkshire v Essex Headingley, Leeds a20012
25th April 2010 Clydesdale Bank 40 2010 Group B Essex v Yorkshire The Ford County Ground, Chelmsford a20538
3rd May 2010 Clydesdale Bank 40 2010 Group B Derbyshire v Essex Highfield, Leek a20554
9th May 2010 Clydesdale Bank 40 2010 Group B Essex v Gloucestershire The Ford County Ground, Chelmsford a20565
2nd September 2010 Clydesdale Bank 40 2010 Group B Essex v Middlesex The Ford County Ground, Chelmsford a20748
4th September 2010 Clydesdale Bank 40 2010 Group B Yorkshire v Essex Headingley, Leeds a20759
11th September 2010 Clydesdale Bank 40 2010 Semi-Final Somerset v Essex County Ground, Taunton a20766
1st May 2011 Clydesdale Bank 40 2011 Group C Essex v Nottinghamshire The Ford County Ground, Chelmsford a21336
2nd May 2011 Clydesdale Bank 40 2011 Group C Essex v Lancashire The Ford County Ground, Chelmsford a21342
6th May 2011 Clydesdale Bank 40 2011 Group C Glamorgan v Essex The SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff a21353
8th May 2011 Clydesdale Bank 40 2011 Group C Unicorns v Essex The Victory Ground, Bury St Edmunds a21360
13th May 2012 Clydesdale Bank 40 2012 Group A Essex v Worcestershire The Ford County Ground, Chelmsford a21969
26th June 2012 Australia in England and Ireland 2012 Essex v Australians The Ford County Ground, Chelmsford a22019
13th May 2014 

 

Sri Lanka in Ireland and England 2014  Essex v Sri Lankans The Essex County Ground, Chelmsford a23384

The schedule for England in international cricket is seriously hurting the game. The England players through the PCA negotiated higher-paying contracts starting from the 2013-14 period. I think it would have been better to keep the same deal as 2012-13 (adjusted for inflation) and to have reduced the demands on the England team (just the 17 tests this year, which is a pre-central contracts level of cricket for the senior England test players). Playing less for England gives the players a more time to rest and also provides opportunities for them to play a little more championship, list a & twenty20 cricket for their county. Having England players playing county cricket enhances the quality of cricket involved, it also allows them to work on their skills in a less-pressurised environment than international cricket.

Falling Down

The biggest threat to cricket and, in fact, Twitter today

You know what? It’s fine that you have been paid to promote like Breathe Sport, I use selective Tweets to post tweets to Facebook. I just don’t do it all the time and I don’t use such an annoying auto script as “see reaction at http://brths/bollocks/” it doesn’t even scan right. It should be “see the reaction at,” it should be less obtrusive and why on god’s green earth would I want to see the reaction to Michael Vaughan’s latest article aimed at promoting an ISM cricketer to play for England?

 

Post Script:

They don’t even offer a flight over the beautiful Rutland countryside:

 

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A #Powerful Blog On Selection

As an Essex and England fan I’m naturally dissapointed that Ravi Bopara hasn’t scored the century to see England home every time he’s been to the crease in his entire career. His run of scores since he got back-to-back fifties at the start of the Sri Lanka series was poor indeed and I can see why Gary Ballance has been picked in his place for the Australia game tomorrow.

The debate on social media that I’ve seen this morning about the selection has not been “Gary Ballance is a fantastic player and England are lucky to have the likes of him and Alex Hales as batting cover.” Rather the debate has been about the injustice of excluding Ben Stokes and picking that useless waste of carbon bloke who plays for Essex: Ravi Bopara.

Stokes is undoubtedly a talented player who has the ability to be successful in international cricket for many years to come. He will break all of Sir Ian Botham’s records for England I’m sure of it. In fact, he’s already taken a five wicket haul in ODIs for England which is something Sir Ian never quite managed to achieve in his 16-year ODI career.

This World Cup is the 2nd ODI tournament that he could have been selected for since he made his ODI debut. The first (the 2013 Champion’s Trophy) he did not make as a fall-out from the England Lions tour to Australia the winter before. England needed a batsman who can also bowl in the Collingwood mode and they fell back on Ravi Bopara. Having had their hand forced, the selectors were almost repaid in full as Bopara made a number of contributions with the bat lower down the order and with the ball he recorded the best bowling figures for any England bowler in a World Cup, Champions Trophy or World Twenty20 final:

Best England Bowling in a Final

So Stokes missed the 2013 Champions Trophy on behaviour and form issues. He missed World Cup selection because his form with the bat in 2014 has seen him scoring almost exclusively in binary. He missed the 2014 World Twenty20 because he inflicted an injury upon himself in a rage (he needs to learn from Ricky Ponting and smash TVs instead).

There are many reasons to want Stokes in the ODI team: he can smash bowling attacks, he can bowl in excess of 85mph and he’s a very good fielder. But his form and confidence have not been evident in his displays during the past 12 months. Including him in the world cup squad at this stage would have been a huge gamble wouldn’t it? Bear in mind England have dropped their captain of 3 years one month before the world cup, have a bowling attack that is being lead by two bowlers feeling their way back after injury lay-offs (albeit successfully in Anderson’s case, #Stay #Humble Stuart), an opener and spinner who has only been playing international cricket for a year and a number three who had 2 ODIs to his name before the start of this winter. Don’t you think that’s enough gambles to be taking without adding another one to the squad?

It would be interesting to watch I suppose. But this is the World Cup, it’s the sport’s premier international event and England have got just about the best squad of players available for a 6 week tournament.

I really think we ought to be talking about how good a player Gary Ballance is, not how Ravi Bopara didn’t deserve to be in the squad ahead of Ben Stokes.

Anyway I’ll always back Ravi, because that’s the joy of watching and playing sport. You always have players whom you want to watch playing, no matter what their form is.

Ravi haters are going to hate.
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Post Script.

Dave Tickner nails it perfectly:

I can’t believe it’s not ownership – or the curious tale of HIghland TItles selling

Originally posted on Love and Garbage - some commonplace musings:

Any good lawyer will be very aware of the areas they know and of the areas they don’t.  If you were to ask me a question about employment law I’d shrug my shoulders, give you the phone numbers of some firms or colleagues and hope you’d be well served by them. One area I do know fairly well though is Scottish property law and conveyancing. This lies at the heart of what I do. And when people play fast and loose with it I get concerned, particularly when those playing fast and loose with it are charging people money.

The other morning I was on twitter and saw a tweet from a twitter user called Highland Titles:

“Buy land in Scotland & you may style yourself as Lord or Lady of Glencoe! From £29.99.”

NOw this raises immediate suspicions. and so I visited the website which was linked to from…

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