Saturday, 7 February 2009

Revenge Is A Dish Best Served Cold

Yes.

It wasn't a dream.

England really were out for 51.

And lost by an innings and 23 runs.

West Indies have their revenge for their awful showing at Sabina Park last time.

Now we're even.

Second Test it's all square.

Surely it can't get any worse than today?

Friday, 6 February 2009

Recession? What Recession?

Despite the world not having two coins to rub together, India have managed to break open their piggy bank and splash out on some sweets.

The IPL auction, held too early for NWG this morning, saw Flintoff and Pietersen going for ridiculous sums of money (and a record amount as well). For that much, NWG would expect them to invent some kind of machine/cloning device to replicate themselves. Maybe that's just her...

Flintoff and Pietersen: $1.55 million
Ravi Bopara: $475,000
Paul Collingwood: $275,000
Owais Shah: $375,000

Let's hope that all this Twenty20 practise will make a difference in the World Twenty20 to be held in June.

Thursday, 5 February 2009

Chris Too Cool For School

This will be the easiest post ever.

Day one: poor.
Day two: poor.

The End.

But seriously, the first two days have not been England's finest hour.

Day one: Strauss, predictably getting out in single figures (no one blames him, it's almost written in the rule of life that the captain must get out early on in his first Test match).

Bell failing to go on (again).

KP not being sensible (no shock there then).

Day two: West Indies batsmen showing how its done.

The referral system. NWG can't decide whether or not this is a good thing. It feels strange to see players hanging around waiting for yet another umpire looking at the height/pitch of the ball. It seems to stop the flow of the game, makes the umpire seem a bit silly for getting the decision wrong and changes how cricket is played.

Chris Gayle. An impossibly good batsman.

England bowlers. Not having a good time of it.

Day three will be....interesting.

Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Shah Shafted (Again)

Once again Owais Shah has been overlooked for the England side. Despite scoring runs, alot of runs, selectors still favour Ian Bell and Ryan Sidebottom in the bowling department.

What more does Shah have to do to get a place?

This seems incredibly unfair. He's proven himself time after time, yet he is still deemed too risky.

And don't get Nightwatchgirl started on Ryan Sidebottom.

Today should prove an interesting first day. NWG will be watching avidly.

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Poor Cricketers

Oh the sympathy. The poor England players. On top of the fact they're not really paid that well, on top of the fact that their central contracts barely allow them to buy some apples and a pear, those players auctioned off for the IPL will most likely have to part with 10% of their fee for their county.

Nightwatchgirl feels so sad for them, especially in this economically fragile time.

KP might have to pay as much as £45,000. Disaster.

How will he afford his new bat and pads?

Monday, 2 February 2009

Ponting To Catch Up With Neighbours

Ricky Ponting is to be 'rested' for two ODIs against New Zealand.

Nightwatchgirl doesn't see the word rested though. She sees 'sidelined.' Michael Clarke will take over the captaincy....for now.

Perhaps this really is providing Ricky for a chance to put his feet up and have a little shut-eye. Or perhaps this starts the beginning of the end for the poor old captain.

The South Africa series did not go to plan. And losing the first ODI against New Zealand was probably not the icing on the cake Australia were looking for.

Could this mark the end for one of Australia's most reliable batsmen?

Sunday, 1 February 2009

England Win, Kind Of...

The England side have done what every team wants to do, aims for, longs for, dreams of: they've managed to win a Test match from almost three years ago without actually having to do anything.

That controversial game between England and Pakistan at the Oval is 2006 was originally ruled a win for England due to Pakistan having a sulk in the dressingroom and not coming out to play with their friends. Then it was changed to a draw. And now it's been changed back again to a win.

If only the ICC could do something about the Ashes '06-'07; one win would really be very helpful to change that 5-0 drubbing, surely there's something they can do.