England lose on day 4

On the 3rd morning with a night watchman and a debutant in this is where England lost the game. They didn’t stick to a plan of bowling top of off and the were too impatient. South Africa got most of there wickets either caught behind or at first slip. When they finally pitched the ball up they finally got the big wicket of Van Der Dussen from Archer for 51. Archer although taking 5 wickets was expensive although he looked back someone near to his best. The batting was promising a 92 run opening stand before Sibley chipped one back of Maharaj. Sibley looked really frustrated after giving his wicket away in that manner. But at the close Burns had batted really well for 77 and Denly was 4 not out. On the first morning of day 4, Burns started well with good judgement outside off before he was surprised by the short ball of Nortje. He skied it up in the air with Rabada taking a comfortable catch. 21 runs later Denly, after making another start, missed a straight one and was out. There was a partnership between Root and Stokes of 46 but after that wickets fell regularly. Bairstwow, Butler and Curran all missing out. Root made 48 but it was not the match-winning innings England needed. They lost by 107 runs. A big performance in the next test is needed to get them back in the 4 match series.

England fightback late on day 2

4 late South Africa wickets kept England in the game after a batting collapse. England fell from 142-3 to 181 all-out losing 7 wickets in a very quick period. England always seen to always have the same problem. Root and Stokes playing away from there bodies with balls they could have left and Bairstow bowled again with a ball that beat him for pace. Then after giving South Africa a lead of 103. But England’s bowlers started well and clawe England back into the game. Anderson and Broad were threatening with the new ball taking the wickets of Markram and Hamza respectively. Then the firepower of Archer did for Elgar, out for 22 and Du Plessis out for 20. At the close of play, South Africa lead by 175 runs with 6 wickets remaining. Now England can’t let South Africa’s lead get above 250 otherwise their chances get slim on a deteriorating pitch. They have to De Cock cheaply and not let Philander have the strike when he is shepherding the tail. This was a good day of test cricket and I have no doubts that tomorrow will be as well.

Wisdens test team of the decade

  1. Sir Alistair Cook- I think he had to be in there with the big hundreds he had scored. 12,472 runs at an average of 45 is an outstanding record. His two greatest performances are captaining England to victory in India for the first time in 50 years. Also, he was a big cog in that team that beat Australia in 2010-11 in Australia. In both of the series, he scored multiple hundreds.
  2. David Warner, modern-day opening batsmen taking the game to the bowler. He definitely had a hot head streak but has toned that back recently. But his record speaks for itself. 7009 runs at an average of 48 and a strike rate of 73. Also, his recent 335 is the second-highest test score ever. A great achievement.
  3. Kumar Sangakkara, classy wicketkeeping batsmen ( not keeping in this XI) who played a lot of games for Sri Lanka. From 2000 to 2015 he played a total of 134 tests and had an incredible average of 57.4. He was a person who played the game in the right way and got better with age.
  4. Steve Smith his transition from a number 8 leg spinner to arguably the best batsmen in the world has been incredible. In only 71 matches he has amassed 7072 runs at a staggering average of 63.1. I feel if the ball-tampering event didn’t happen he would be Australia captain. But I feel after Paine he will return as Australian captain.
  5. Virat Kohli, (captain) the modern-day Tendulkar adored all over India. His work ethic and the sheer amount of cricket he plays is incredible. He is number one in the batting ranks and has conquered all locations. The only thing he could improve is his captaincy. He has a win rate of 60%. However, when it was a close series like in England his tactics we’re very questionable.
  6. Ben Stokes, an exciting player who everyone pays to watch. Whatever he does is exciting and he does with 110%. He has one England games with bat ball and in the field. Sometimes he has one test matches with bat and ball in the same test. What has come recently has been his adaptability and maturity. He is no longer this young fearless immature player. At 28 I believe he has 7 years Left at the top of the game.
  7. Ab De Villiers (wk) South Africa’s best batsmen in the last decade. An average of 50, amassing 8765 runs in 14 years of test cricket. He will have no regrets in the test arena winning lots of test series. His South Africa team being at number 1 for a long time was a large consequence of his great batting.
  8. Ravi Ashwin. I think that there is a debate between him and Nathan Lyon for this spot. Nathan Lyon has 14 more wickets but Ashwin has a superior average. However, I think Lyon should be in this team because of the fact Ashwins home country India is a place easier to get wickets. Lyon, I feel could take wickets anywhere.
  9. Dale Steyn the South African paceman had been consistently brilliant until 2017 where his injuries started playing up. But when fully fit he bowled 90 mph in good areas with a destructive yorker. This is what got him his 439 wickets at an average of 22.
  10. Kagiso Rabada, a very good young cricketer but I don’t think he should be in the team. He has played since 2015 but he hasn’t performed for long enough to warrant a place in this team. I think that Mitchell Starc should be in here instead of him. Starc has played 15 more test matches and has taken 55 more wickets. Starc’s average is slightly higher but he is an out and out wicket-taker.
  11. James Anderson, a consistent swing and seam performer. He would definitely take the new ball. He has performed well all around the world. He was one of the main reasons England claimed number one in the world and won overseas in Australia. The best swing/seam bowler of the decade.

England Picks in the Ipl

    Stokes, Butler, Archer, Bairstow and Ali have all been retained by there teams.
    Eoin Morgan, be will be very happy as he wasn’t picked up in last years auction. Also with a 6 figure contract towards the latter end of his career will put a smile on his face. He isn’t captain for KKR but I am sure he will have a strong leadership role.
  • Jason Roy, he hasn’t had the best Ipl’s recently. He has struggled but he has the ability. For him tho he has to have a strategy and believe in himself.
  • Chris Woakes, a good Ipl would go along way to assuring himself for the world t20 in a year’s time. He will hope to stay injury-free as he has had a few recently.
  • Sam Curran, he always seems to influence the game whatever he does. He played a few games as a pinch-hitter last year. I think this is a role he could develop into as he has great batting ability.
  • Tom Curran, he like Woakes will be looking to force his way into the world t20 side. Tom has a point to prove after being left out of the world cup. He thought he should have been in that team.
  • Chris Jordan, probably one of the first names on the team sheet for England. His variations and being able to bowl in the tough parts of the game make him a very good pick.
  • Tom Banton, being at KKR in the same team as the England captain Eoin Morgan will be good for him. He believes in his ability and has lots of it. Breaking into England’s white-ball line up will be tough but if he goes from having an outstanding big bash to Ipl. Who knows?

Englands starting XI v South Africa

    With England’s first test against South Africa being only a week away this is the team that I think they should put out for that first test match.
  1. Rory Burns, he had a very good series v New Zealand he will be looking to push on and score big hundreds instead of ’50s and 105.
  2. Dominic Sibley, I don’t believe that it is fair to get rid of somebody after 3 failures when there is no better. replacement However if he fails in the first couple of games I would move Crawley up to open.
  3. Joe Denly he still hasn’t scored a test century. That and consistent performances have to be top of his list.
  4. Joe Root, The captain looks to have got his form back batting fluently in the warm-up game and retiring out. It’s a big series for Joe but if he scores lots of runs and captains well it will be a start to the main aim. Winning away in South Africa.
  5. Ben Stokes, he should be able to choose how much he is going to bowl dependant on his body. This means we can keep him from being injured and have him batting well.
  6. Ollie Pope it is unfortunate to remove Crawley but unfortunately, he didn’t give the selectors a choice scoring 1 on a flat wicket. Pope’s 75 showed great maturity which we hope can carry on.
  7. Jos Butler is very good at batting with the tail. He will take the gloves and needs a big series.
  8. Jofra Archer, he looked not to have been himself against New Zealand. Hopefully, he gets his pace up and shows us the Jofra Archer of the summer.
  9. Stuart Broad he had an average series against New Zealand and will hope to have a better one v South Africa.
  10. James Anderson, he is coming back from injury and will have to prove himself to still have it.
  11. Jack Leach an average series in NZ will hope to get more wickets v South Africa.

Most exciting players for the big bash

  • Matt Renshaw, a name you wouldn’t associate with the big hitting of the t20 game. However, last year he but a superb 90 not out in a run chase v the strikers. I feel this was a breakout t29 innings for him. He has a solid defence and huts his shots incredibly hard. I think he could really flourish this year for the heat.
  • Liam Livingstone the English batsmen will look to impress for the scorchers. He would have been disappointed to not have been picked in a mainly experimental side for the New Zealand t20’s at 26 now he isn’t young anymore. He needs to start maturing if he is going to meet his England dreams. A good big bash would be a start.
  • Loyd Pope the young ginger leg spinner is a very exciting talent. However, last year the 20 years got whacked a bit. However, there were glimpses of the undoubted talent. His flipper is something not many, people read so hopefully he can utilize this and have a fantastic big bash.
  • Sandeep Lamichane, the extremely young Nepalese 18-year old is bucking his trade in many of the t20 leagues around the world. His leg-spin undoes many quality batsmen. It is known that Michael Clarke saw him in a hong kong tournament flow him over to Australia to play grade cricket. He impressed in taut and quickly developed to the IPL. He was the first-ever Nepalese player to have achieved that only at 17. He will hope to build on this and have a good big bash.

Joshua beats Ruiz

This was a fight, Joshua could not afford to lose. He didn’t. He perfected his gameplay of hit and not get hit. He called this the sweet science of boxing. Ruiz came in overweight putting on 19lbs from the last fight. I don’t understand the logic of that. When you are chubby why would you put on weight? Joshua, on the other hand, leaned out and came in a stone lighter. I think that this really helped him. Joshua was extremely proactive in having a different and better training camp however he kept and trusted his trainer Rob McCracken this paid off with a very effective gameplan. Ruiz will be frustrated as he has admitted he didn’t work as hard for this fight. He should have partied less and trained more. Although would you be dedicated to your job if you had millions and millions in the bank? Joshua will defend his mandatory next against Usyk but after this everyone wants the same thing. AJ vs Fury or Wilder or in a perfect world he beats one and then fights the other after and wins.