The more batsmen England pick, the fewer they have

England v Sri Lanka
Investec Test Series 2014
August 7, 2017

The big question before this fourth Test was could England’s batsmen start making some runs and maybe win a few more Tests? When the answer revealed itself to be “no and yes” it became apparent that these were actually two separate questions. England somehow cobbled together a half-decent first innings score while simultaneously making their batting appear even less solid. The second innings was more of the same. In Top…


It rains more at night

July 3, 2017

This is the conclusion we drew from last week’s round of pink ball County Championship fixtures. Only one of four matches in the first division ended in a result – and even that one saw only 23 wickets fall. Despite the experiment only resulting in the confounding situation where Essex are even more top, we’d like to see a lot more day-night cricket. Clearly, that’s because of this kind of…