Two hundreds this week by England batsmen in the warm-up games before the Ashes series starts in Brisbane on 21 November. But they will soon be forgotten, whereas to score a Test century is to be remembered forever.
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Saturday 16 July 2011
Friday 01 July 2011
In his first international match at Headingley, Tim Bresnan looked as though he might never play another anywhere. He and England were taken to the cleaners by Sri Lanka in a humiliating defeat which was as much an ordeal as it was a game.
Saturday 18 June 2011
Yorkshire completed a Twenty20 double over their rivals Lancashire last night courtesy of two England Lions: Andrew Gale and Adil Rashid. The former, the Yorkshire captain, hit 60 out of a total of 178 for 4 before Rashid's legbreaks proved too much for the Lancastrians.
Friday 10 June 2011
Owais Shah guided Essex to victory over Middlesex last night, hitting 78 to steady the Eagles after openers Ravi Bopara and Mark Pettini were out for ducks. Essex overhauled the home side's score of 150 for the loss of five wickets.
Wednesday 08 June 2011
Sunday 29 May 2011
There seems to be some confusion about the lack of a Test match this summer further north than Nottingham. In a country with nine venues it seems odd and probably inexcusable. The north should feel aggrieved.
Monday 23 May 2011
Wednesday 04 May 2011
Saturday 30 April 2011
Friday 22 April 2011
Glamorgan were given a bitter reminder of their off-season problems yesterday when Tom Maynard scored a century against them for his new club Surrey. Maynard, who left the Welsh county after his father Matthew resigned as coach over the winter, hit 123, his maiden ton, in a Surrey total of 575 for 7.
Trevor Bailey: Combative and uncompromising cricketer hailed as the world's best all-rounder in the 1950s
Friday 11 February 2011
The decade of the 1950s remains England's most successful in Test cricket, and Trevor Bailey, who has died in a fire at his retirement home, was this country's premier all-rounder throughout that period. Further than that, he irritated the opposition (especially the Australians) to a unique degree, for there never was a batsman more patient, determined and obstinate. Among the less offensive descriptions of him to emanate from the frustrated throng Down Under was "Barnacle", though in their hearts the enemy acknowledged him as tough and uncompromising, qualities they themselves admired.
Friday 11 February 2011
Sunday 16 January 2011
A deeply satisfying Ashes series for England followers, and soon they will be able to relive it in book form; Ashes 2010-11 by Gideon Haigh, Australia's best current cricket writer by a country mile and the contributor of one of the forewords to 500-1, is due to be published next month.
Tuesday 04 January 2011
Tim Bresnan could afford a wide smile in the Sydney rain yesterday as he continued to make the most of his new home from home Down Under.
Monday 20 December 2010
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