Alex Byrne

Pitch debates mask batting deficiencies

In a moment of test match history, England succumbed to a defeat in the shortest test match since the 1930s. The extraordinary test at Ahmedabad saw England score less than 200 runs over the course of two innings before India won by 10 wickets. In the immediate aftermath, questions flared...
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Posted Mar. 3, 2021

England look forward to second Test after dominant win

England celebrated Test cricket’s return to Channel 4 and free-to-air TV with a comprehensive win in the first Test against India at Chennai. It was not so much the win itself that was shocking, okay maybe it was a little, but the manner of the victory. At no point in...
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Posted Feb. 12, 2021

Root’s England face tough test in India

At this point it is a truism that England face their most testing (no pun intended) year of cricket in recent memory. Following their impressive 2-0 series win in Sri Lanka, Joe Root’s men tour India playing four tests, before welcoming the Indians to England for five tests. Add onto...
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Posted Feb. 4, 2021

The Hundred delay sparks fresh debate over format

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the England and Wales Cricket Board have delayed the launch of their new competition, The Hundred, to 2021. The Hundred was meant to revitalise English cricket, capitalising on the renewed buzz around the sport following success in 2019’s World Cup and Ashes. Its delay has caused...
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Posted Sep. 23, 2020

West Indies’ arrival marks cricket’s road to resumption

As news filtered through that the West Indies cricket team had landed in Manchester for their three-match series against England, an odd feeling of hope spread among the cricketing community. When cricket shut down its season you wouldn’t have been a pessimist to suggest that there would be no cricket...
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Posted Jun. 16, 2020

Ben Stokes deservedly named world’s leading cricketer

Wisden, cricket’s annual reference book, has named England all-rounder Ben Stokes as the leading cricketer in the world for 2019. Few could find cause to complain, as Stokes’ World Cup and Ashes heroics not only brought England on-field success, but diverted the national conversation towards cricket. It is no surprise...
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Posted Apr. 13, 2020