Westley, Malan & TR-J Debut at The Oval!

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England have handed out Test caps 677, 678 and 679 today.

Middlesex duo Dawid Malan and Toby Roland-Jones as well as Essex’s Tom Westley have donned the Baggy Blue for the very first time.

Prior to today, Malan had one T20I cap and Roland-Jones a solitary ODI outing but for Westley, this is his premier outing for the full national side.

Keep up to date with how they get on against South Africa on Cricinfo…

http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/10718/game/1031441/England-vs-South-Africa-3rd-Test-South-Africa-tour-of-England-2017/

L.B. Wilson

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L.B. Wilson headed to the coastal cricketing hotspot of Redcar today. It was the little fellow’s first outing in a few weeks and the classy batsman really enjoyed sampling some sea air.

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L.B. marvelled at the engineering feat that composed three lines of eight turbines (That 24 turbines!) out at sea and compared it to how he would go about constructing a big innings.

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Look out for L.B.’s future adventures as an when they happen!

Yorkshire vs. Worcestershire T20 Blast Match

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Time for something unusual now at Silly Point, an actual first hand account of cricket, I mean real cricket, not a computer game. I may have retired from playing but not even the weather could prevent me from attending Headingley today and witnessing some breathtaking cricket.

There was the small matter of Yorkshire number three David Willey’s 118 from 55 deliveries before Worcestershire’s Yorkshire born Ross Whiteley struck young spinner Karl Carver for six sixes in one over. Wide included the over ultimately cost 37 runs! White Rose coach Andrew Gale has tried to deflect some of the blame that could be aimed at Carver by suggesting that stand-in skipper Tim Bresnan was wrong to bowl the slow-left-armer (His brother-in-law) at such a time in the game. The home side managed to hold on though and secure a 37-run victory.

For a full match report please log onto Cricinfo…

http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/8053/report/1068343/

Here are some photos (Fret not, I own the rights!) from this afternoon’s run fest:

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27 Tests

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27 Tests. That’s how long it took Australia’s Steve Waugh to record his maiden Test hundred. That’s Steve Waugh, a man who has 10,927 Test runs at an average of 51.06 to his name. Oh and the century tally… 32!

http://www.espncricinfo.com/australia/content/player/8192.html

Do you think that any England batsmen debuting in the near future will be provided 27 Tests to score their first century?

Keaton Jennings scored one on debut just four Tests ago but already many people seem to want rid of him. Sam Robson then Adam Lyth each recorded a century in their seven (Not 27) Tests but it wasn’t enough to provide them with an extended run in the team.

England don’t really seem to know what they want at the moment, stoic resilience or explosive attacking? The selectors, coach and captain don’t appear to be singing from the same hymn sheet. Captain Joe Root campaigned for Gary Ballance, Dawid Malan clearly appeals to coach Trevor Bayliss, Tom Westley has demanded selection but needed injury to another to receive it and all the while the likes of Mark Stoneman and Daniel Bell-Drummond await their turn, not to mention Ben Duckett, Haseeb Hameed and… Sam Robson, again!

Unless somebody rocks up and averages 65.00+ from the get go and maintains those numbers then the England batting merry go round looks set to continue. I can’t help but think England’s Test summer isn’t structured in the best possible way to get the country’s premier batsmen on the plane to a land Down Under this winter. English willow wielders are currently struggling against a strong South African attack. If they’re dropped then newbies will come in against (No disrespect) a less threatening West Indies attack and surely have an increased chance of doing well but though they may gain confidence from doing so, will facing the likes of Shannon Gabriel, Alzarri Joseph and Miguel Cummins (No disrespect) really prepare them for the Ashes?

We’re five Tests away from the Ashes (If they go ahead?!) and the identity of Alastair Cook’s opening partner and the number three position remain anything from certain. Throw in an injury or some other misfortune to messrs Cook or Root and cue panic among the England selectorial Gods!

Cricket Captain 2017: Test Squad Announcement

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England squad for the first Test against Pakistan at Lords:

Squad in full: Mark Stoneman, Rory Burns, Ben Duckett, Joe Root (c), Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Jonny Bairstow (w), Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Ben Coad, Jack Leach

Despite difficult Ashes series, opening batsmen Mark Stoneman and Rory Burns retain their places in the squad. Yorkshire bowler Ben Coad wins his first call-up to the senior national team. Stuart Broad and James Anderson have not been selected for this Test however they remain available for selection in all forms of the game. Due to IPL commitments and therefore not having played any First Class cricket this season, Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes were not considered for selection as England attempt to maintain their unbeaten Test series record under the leadership of Joe Root.

Cricket Captain 2017: ODI/T20I Series Review

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In the ODI series we thoroughly thumped Australia 4-1, losing only the fifth and final match. The series victory was thanks in no small part to Alex Hales’ 304 runs @ 60.80. Surrey teenager Sam Curran claimed figures of 6-27 in the 4th ODI before his older brother Tom recorded impressive numbers of 3-48 on debut. Essex’s Tom Westley (25 & 53) also won his first cap and looked at home in the international arena.

Onto the T20I series that not only involved Australia but New Zealand as well. The structure involved playing Oz twice then New Zealand twice. We defeated the Ozzies 2-0 including a two-run win in the second match courtesy of Adil Rashid’s last ball wicket. However we then got torn to pieces by New Zealand, losing the two group matches then being defeated by them again in the final.

In the second T20I against New Zealand, Middlesex batsman Dawid Malan made 75 on debut but having reverted to our ‘strongest’ line-up for the final, Jason Roy promptly lasted just one delivery!

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Gloucestershire’s Benny Howell made 43 and took 2-7 against Australia on debut but failed to back up that performance. Lancashire’s Liam Livingstone claimed 3-38 in his only match of the series and there were also a couple of wickets for Somerset’s Jamie Overton on his sole outing of the tour.

Having gone unbeaten throughout the year, the 3-0 whitewash dished out to us by the Black Caps was a disappointing end to the campaign.

Retirement Announcement

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Don’t worry, I’m not retiring from blogging but I am retiring from playing… I think. We may have been here before and who knows what the future holds but in what will surely be a huge disappointment to bowlers throughout Nidderdale, I’ll no longer be assisting them in lowering their bowling average. My dibby dobblies, effective in the pre 2005 Ashes surge of cricketing talent that would appear a few years down the line, will no longer be used by batsmen as average enhancers either.

Scribbling about my on-field efforts was one aspect of the game that I’d expected to take up some space here at Silly Point but in truth there are far too many ducks and drops to justify the odd twenty-something with the bat and maybe an annual over with the ball.

Save your tears. I’ll continue to score runs by the bucket load on Don Bradman Cricket 17 and International Cricket Captain 2017, take L.B. Wilson on hikes, review cricket themed literature, moan about the England team and pitch a restructuring of world cricket on an all too frequent basis!

The subtitle of this website describes me as an “… extremely average village cricketer’. I guess that I was.