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Jefra Archer

Reading Simon Heffer’s views in the Telegraph over the decision to shorten the residency qualification for Sussex speedster Jofra Archer, I think that his trenchant right-wing voice got in the way of the facts. The ECB has only brought the qualification period in line with that of the the [...]

December 6, 2018 // 0 Comments

The final day

In the end the 57 run victory was comfortable, giving England their first series away win since South Africa in 2016 after 4-0 thrashings in India and Australia – but what have we learned from the Tour? 1) This is powerful and talented England team which can afford to omit Jonny Bairstow, [...]

November 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

The fourth day

It may well be the weather that stops this marvellous Test from ending with an exciting flourish. Sri Lanka have 75 runs needed with three wickets remaining to win but heavy rain is forecast after 2 hours play. I would put England as favourites as 3 wickets on average have fallen every morning, Sri [...]

November 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

The third day

It’s been an absorbing see-saw of a Test but England were the victors yesterday. Joe Root played a captain’s innings. He now has 15 centuries for England but only 4 on foreign soil. None was more necessary than yesterday’s. The England innings did not follow a familiar path. Rory Burns [...]

November 17, 2018 // 0 Comments

Second day

It was not scintillating cricket but Sri Lanka will not mind. They had their best day of the series to date and their highest score of da Silva when in the afternoon they fought back resolutely. Sit Lanka started the day at 26-1. The morning witnessed two fine pieces of fielding by Ben Stokes, a [...]

November 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

First day at Kandy

It was England’s day but the supremacy was not easily achieved. Of the first seven in the order, only two scored more runs twenty (Rory Burns  and Josh Buttler) and a score nearer 200 than 300 looked likely. Sam Curran was the hero of the hour. He has scored more sixes than anyone in Test [...]

November 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

Tea and Kandy

Yesterday was another day of transit as the group went from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy via a tea plantation. This involved yet another hairy coach journey through mountain roads of sheer drops and hairpin bends. Down one of these a boy was brandishing flowers for sale. By cutting the bends he kept with [...]

November 14, 2018 // 0 Comments

Fortress Galle stormed

England achieved their first victory at Galle by 211 runs and ended a losing sequence that went back to October 2016. After the uncomfortable start in the morning of the first day, Ben Foakes, Sam Curran and before them Keaton Jennings steadied the ship. In the end the win was comfortable. Not a [...]

November 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

Day three

I was pleased to join the National Rusters flying in on the red-eye. I joined Duggie for breakfast. With us were the normal assortment of cricket tourists wearing some form of T-shirt advertising their tour or football club. They tucked into the copious buffet with some gusto. There was so much [...]

November 8, 2018 // 0 Comments

Day two

Our resort Weligama is some 45 minutes away from Galle where the Test ground is situated but it’s a pleasant coastal drive past surfers and fishermen some on stilts. It would be even more pleasant but for the random style of driving. Stray dogs, three wheelers called tuk-tuks, scooters, buses and [...]

November 7, 2018 // 0 Comments

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