MORGAN ASKES FOR CHANGES TO CRICKET

One-day captain of the English team Eion Morgan has asked for the game to adapt to change ahead of the ECB new city-based T20 tournament.


He claims that the new generation of fans are falling out of love with the sport so the game has to evolve to accommodate them.

Morgan addressed chairmen and chief executives of the 18 countries. He was invited to the meeting in London by the ECB chief executive Tom Harrison. Morgan addressed them, hoping to tackle their reservations ahead of the crucial vote next month where the new tournament would be seeking a final stamp.

“Change is always difficult but I don’t think this is change. It probably should have happened a while ago. We’re always going to have the same cricket fans unless we do something differently. It’s a huge responsibility in growing the game. People are falling out of love with the game because it’s not engaging enough with the public,” Morgan opined at an event in Uxbridge. Continue reading “MORGAN ASKES FOR CHANGES TO CRICKET”

Eoin Morgan wants to Feature in Test Cricket

Eoin Morgan doesn’t think that he is going to be needed to serve the Three Lions in 5-day Cricket anymore, but, he won’t stop featuring in the red ball competition at the county level.


Many players when they realize that they are in the frame of selection only in limited over Cricket and their test ambitions are not realistic anymore, they separate themselves from the first class Cricket as well.

But, as per Morgan, even if someone is playing only limited-over Cricket at the international level, it’s important for him to still face the red ball every now and again in the domestic circuit because the red ball throws tough challenges towards the batsman and makes him more solid.

In the opinion of Morgan, in limited-over Cricket, there are certain times when protecting his wicket becomes more important for the batsman than scoring runs and at those times, what a batsman needs is the technique and not the striking ability and red ball Cricket is the best way to keep the technique in shape. Continue reading “Eoin Morgan wants to Feature in Test Cricket”

SYDNEY THUNDER TAKES OUT BORDER BASH 2-1

The Melbourne Stars and the Sydney Thunder will share honors as they face off in two KFC Big Bash League warm-up matches holding in Albury.


The Border Bash, which also featured a Rebel Women’s Big Bash League Showdown between the Stars and the Thunder, will see the BBL05 finalists go through their paces in front of over 9000 people.

In the first fixtures of the game, the Melbourne Stars had come off triumphant by 12 runs which was ensured by a handy partnership between Glenn Maxwell who got through with a total of 35 off 29, and SebGotch, who finished with 36 off 30, thus guiding the Stars t0 8-150

Following an economical performance from their bowlers, they were able to hold off the Thunder, despite Kurtis Patterson’s 17-ball 31.

Their win was assured after a nasty on-field collision between Stars pair, Adam Zampa and Tom Triffitt, saw them clash heads together as they collided in a bid to catch a skied shot sent in by Jay Lenton Continue reading “SYDNEY THUNDER TAKES OUT BORDER BASH 2-1”

Paul Farbrace comments on England’s Follow On Decision

Paul Farbrace says when the England team had turned up on the ground on the third day, the strategy was not to put Pakistan in the field once they were all out, but, to impose the follow-on and have them batting again and that’s why, in the opening session, the main bowlers of the side were not bowled too much so that they could be ready to steam in with new red duke.


But, one of the lower order partnerships from Pakistan stretched their innings to afternoon which forced the think tank to reconsider the plan they had thought of initially because the condition for batting had not remained difficult enough and letting Pakistan bat at that time was risky in the sense that they could have scored their runs quickly under the bright sun and the pacers could have lost their energy too bowling in the heat. Continue reading “Paul Farbrace comments on England’s Follow On Decision”

Manish Pandey failed to find a place in the Indian squad for the World Twenty 20 Championship

Despite scoring a century on the recent tour of Australia, Manish Pandey failed to find a place in the Indian squad for the World Twenty 20 Championship.

It’s Ajinkya Rahane who got the nod from the selection committee instead of him.

If the comparison is made between Rahane and Pandey, the latter is probably a better T20 player as he has got the combination of the power and the touch game.

Rahane, on the other hand, is all about touch game and although, he can play his shots from time to time, he can’t be expected to just blow the opposition away with his hitting.

He is a good option to have at the top of the order for you as a captain, but, if the ball has got old and the pitch has got a little bit slow, he would not be your preferred choice to be out there in the middle.

But, that’s not the case with Pandey. He can go both ways.

He can open the innings as well and can play conventional Cricket shots against the new ball to collect boundaries and he can then start cross-batting too once the innings progresses and reaches its business end.

However, since Rahane has featured in big tournaments quite a lot in the last 3-4 seasons, he is much ahead of Pandey from experience point of view and that’s the reason, the selectors have gone with him. Continue reading “Manish Pandey failed to find a place in the Indian squad for the World Twenty 20 Championship”

Adam Lyth seems to be wasting his opportunities in the current Ashes

Adam Lyth seems to be wasting his opportunities in the current Ashes and the time is not that far off when he would find himself on the radar.

He did get a century against New Zealand, but, in the 5 innings that he has played against Australia, every time he has been caught behind the stumps and that is really a concern.

In the first couple of games, one could feel that he got a few corkers and probably, any batsman in the world would have nicked those.

But, the shot that he played in England’s first innings at Edgbaston yesterday, he would not be happy with that at all.

It was a wide cross-seam delivery by Josh Hazlewood and after pitching, it was going further away. It was surely to be left for the wicketkeeper. But, Lyth just threw his bat at it and got the edge.

For a fraction of a second, he would have thought he got away with it as Adam Voges at the first slip position for Australia juggled with the ball a little bit before grabbing it eventually and sending the Yorkshire left hander on his way.

After England’s loss at Lord’s, much of the talk was about the poor form of Gary Ballance and Lyth sort of slipped under it, but, now, if he fails in the second innings too in the ongoing test match, the knives would be out. Continue reading “Adam Lyth seems to be wasting his opportunities in the current Ashes”