Michael Clarke: love him or hate him, at least he doesn’t have a face like a rat. We got two of 51allout’s writers from down under to discuss whether his ex-fiancée was fit, whether Mickey Arthur is the best thing about him and how Pune really don’t need another anchor at the top of an anchor-heavy batting order.
The long-awaited latest instalment of the Alphabet XI’s arrives with a T side based around an English core, in tribute to their sensational winter’s cricket. It is not the most talented XI, but with a workmanlike top order surrounding a genius to provide the runs and perhaps the fastest attack of all, they are not to be underestimated.
This is more like it: after the depressingly awful Ns and Os, the Ps show plenty of ability and excitement. The depth in batting is incredible, the bowling attack balanced (if a second spinner was required, Monty Panesar could fill in) and Liam Plunkett is left on the sidelines. Hurrah! The high proportion of South Africa-born players is puzzling though.
It’s a generally held consensus that one of the reasons for England’s excellent results in Test cricket over the last couple of years has been their consistency of selection. To reuse an old saying about the Australian team, it’s harder to get out of the team than it is to get in. There was a […]