11 out of 17? Glad the cricketer is using pringle. We get quotes like silencing the “Pietersen propaganda machine” for good measure.

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47 thoughts on “Optimism

  1. Annie Weatherly-Barton Mar 19, 2015 / 11:40 pm

    Oh hells bells, the phantom from the “living Dead” comes back to haunt us all. Can it get any worse? Will no one rid us of this odious moron? Someone please put him out of his misery and thus relieve us all from the misery of having to read his garbage anymore.


  2. man in a barrel Mar 19, 2015 / 11:58 pm

    is he serious? Like Trent and Boult are at not at least as threatening as Anderson, injured Woakes and crocked Broad in English conditions? As if NZ do not have proven Test batters such as Williamson, Taylor etc…

    Words fail me.

    And then we hit the Aussie pace attack, which if it includes a fit Ryan Harris will surely wipe out the English top order. Look what Harris did against India in Aussie conditions!


    • d'Arthez Mar 20, 2015 / 2:11 am

      I am struggling with the math here:

      The West Indies tour: not the sternest challenge, but even so, not that many teams have successfully whitewashed West Indies in the Caribbean recently (South Africa, Australia, and India (2011) fell short of that mark; New Zealand lost 2-0 in 2012, and won 2-1 in 2014). Maybe 2-0 to England if everyone fires.

      New Zealand: If the New Zealand batsmen misfire, then England might win the series 2-0. I think New Zealand are better than that though. And the experience of the previous tour will certainly help Boult and Southee.

      The UAE tour: it will be a small miracle if England win even one Test there. Of the non-subcontinental sides, only New Zealand and South Africa have achieved that on one occasion. So fairly reasonable to expect two non-wins there.

      Tour of South Africa: 4 Tests. Of course I can see England win one Test out of four (Durban), but I’d struggle to see how this England side can even come close to winning a series in South Africa. Fairly reasonable to expect 3 non-wins there.

      So, I am missing 5 wins out of 5 Tests. I am not really sure how anyone would think the Aussies are just going to roll over and die, even if they are going to miss Harris, and they accidentally bowl to a decent bowling plan to Haddin.

      That is not optimism. There are the unchecked lunatic ravings of someone who probably used to know better in the past.


      • LordCanisLupus Mar 20, 2015 / 3:28 am

        You really should not have trod. We had to win one in South Africa or UAE which would be tough to start with. Then whitewash the rest. Simple.


  3. Arron Wright Mar 20, 2015 / 12:17 am

    Straight out of the “phantom QF versus India” playbook. The delusion of the elder English cricket press really is a sight to behold. Never mind this unspeakably hopeless regime, he wants to look up how difficult it was for the Untouchable Flower to win 12 out of 17 Tests even at his peak. Clue: it helps to play more than 7 of them at home.

    Of course, starting in the Caribbean, the superior Fletcher managed 11 out of 12 with just 7 played at home, and extended it to 13 out of 17 (8 at home) before the 2005 Ashes.

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  4. Mark Mar 20, 2015 / 1:00 am

    Good lord, you can see why even the telegraph got rid of him. Even they couldn’t publish his crayon scriblings with a straight face.

    But no worries, the cricketer magazine will take him. There is a giant welfare circiut for ex cricket writers. If you fall off the wagon someone will take you. Right school, right views and your in. They look after their own.

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    • LordCanisLupus Mar 20, 2015 / 3:29 am

      You should read the lot. Having made those four middle order players the superstars he goes on later to expose their failings!

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    • thebogfather Mar 20, 2015 / 2:47 pm

      Off to hire a double-decker as we have a lot of ex cricket writers around at the moment – got to look after their welfare… haven’t yet decided where to take them yet, although Paraguay seems idyllic in an oil-slick kind of way…I can just see the mutual ‘gushing’ now!


      • thebogfather Mar 20, 2015 / 3:37 pm

        actually, i should have said ‘got to look after their farewells’ not welfare!


  5. "IronBalls" McGinty Mar 20, 2015 / 9:35 am

    You are the Best Cricket Blogger Of Your Generation!!……Gulp!


  6. SimonH Mar 20, 2015 / 10:32 am

    Quite a bit on Twitter from John Etheridge this morning. Main nugget is that Giles Clarke has one last ECB board meeting to chair – which is presumably the one where Tom Harrison presents his review?

    Lizzy Ammon has a link to her Talksport appearance with Piers Morgan.


    • Mark Mar 20, 2015 / 11:21 am

      I saw George Dobell on one of those question/answer things he does on you tube with the blonde Australian lady. He claimed Clarke is the biggest land owner in Paraguay or some South American country. Apparently he owns the oil rights.

      You wonder why he is wasting his time screwing up cricket.


      • Mark Mar 20, 2015 / 11:38 am

        Cheers for that!

        You would think that would keep him busy!


      • SimonH Mar 20, 2015 / 11:56 am

        Paraguay had a bit of a reputation once as the last refuge for discredited former dictators……


      • d'Arthez Mar 20, 2015 / 11:59 am

        I am just waiting for a Louis XIV moment. It should be coming pretty soon.


      • LordCanisLupus Mar 20, 2015 / 12:01 pm

        Discovered a load of oil in Paraguay. Company called Amerisur.


      • Zephirine Mar 20, 2015 / 2:00 pm

        He’s the chairman of the Amerisur company but does he own shares/ oil rights himself? We know how much Giles likes bossing things he doesn’t actually own….


    • LordCanisLupus Mar 20, 2015 / 12:39 pm

      Sam Peters playing the role of ventriloquist dummy to perfection.


      • Mark Mar 20, 2015 / 12:59 pm

        People like Peters will never stop putting up barriers to keep KP out.

        Even if KP apologised (which he shouldn’t because his book has been proved correct by the idiotic ECB dossier, and the sulking of certain England bowlers) the knuckle draggers like Peters would then demand something else. The demands will never end.

        These people are so stupid they believe a harmonious dressing room is all that is required for success. They think everyone should live in a kind of Smashy and Nicey world.


      • SimonH Mar 20, 2015 / 3:54 pm

        Has anybody ever seen Sam Peters and Newman in the same room at the same time?


    • d'Arthez Mar 20, 2015 / 1:06 pm

      Pathetic. If it was not a problem for Swann to be critical in his autobiography of KP, then I don’t see how it should be a problem that KP cheeses a few people off.

      Media whipped it up in the case of Swann? What a coincidence. Same thing happened when KP wrote a few words.

      Also if we consider @KPGenius, where Pietersen was supposed to take it on the chin, why can’t some of the players in the team take criticism just the way they wanted KP to take it?

      And from reading the article on cricinfo after Broad was exonerated by the ECB:

      “”I’ve always got on very well with Kevin,” Strauss told Sky Sports. “I’ve tried to be honest with him, and he’s been honest with me.”

      Yeah … honesty


  7. geoffboycottsgrandmother Mar 20, 2015 / 12:45 pm

    I enjoyed Pringle’s piece. Reminds me of his world cup preview. I don’t know how Simon manages to embed the tweets, but

    Derek Pringle ‏@derekpringle Dec 16
    England cricket supporters shouldn’t be too despondent ahead of the World Cup, I didn’t expect them to win at all in Sri Lanka
    3 retweets 5 favorites

    geoff_boycotts_gran ‏@g_boycotts_gran Dec 16
    @derekpringle whereas you expect them to win in Aus/NZ?
    0 retweets 0 favorites

    Derek Pringle ‏@derekpringle Dec 16
    @g_boycotts_gran not perhaps against the Aussies but other teams? yes
    9:25 AM – 16 Dec 2014 · Details
    0 retweets 0 favorites

    Fair play, he called those wins against Scotland and Afghanistan.

    Now I don’t want to encourage talk of the Chelmsford Cosa Nostra, but how is Plunkett arguably quicker than Tymal Mills, unless Mills has been made a non-person because he’s escaped from Essex?


    • SimonH Mar 20, 2015 / 12:55 pm

      Left click on the time (just to the right of the tweeter’s name eg 43 min), highlight the address bar and paste into a box here.


      • SimonH Mar 20, 2015 / 1:40 pm

        Pringle was delusional to believe that in December and he would be absolutely barking to believe it now.

        Take Pakistan in UAE: they thrashed England last time and thrashed Australia 2-0 recently. Only SA and NZ have got draws there. Yet Pringle ‘expects’ England to win?

        Then he expects England to win in SA? One Test perhaps (SA often do badly in Durban) but he needs more than one win to get up to his eleven.

        I think there is more chance of England winning the Ashes than winning those two. WI and NZ aren’t exactly straightforward either.

        I’m increasingly convinced that types like Pringle and Selvey don’t follow world cricket at all. If England aren’t playing they don’t even notice what other teams are doing. Selvey has written two articles on New Zealand recently and not shown any knowledge about their play over the last couple of years.


      • Arron Wright Mar 20, 2015 / 7:57 pm

        Just seen your post on McCullum and spin, and just recalled that Selvey regarded Strauss swearing as more memorable than anything McCullum did in 2014, and I think you’re spot on.


      • thebogfather Mar 20, 2015 / 1:25 pm

        That’s all right then… the truth is out there (I could swear now but will save it for later)


    • BoerInAustria Mar 20, 2015 / 2:22 pm


      Alastair Cook lets bat do the taking for MCC against Sussex in Dubai: Cook top-scores for MCC with 35 in defeat to Sussex. England’s Test captain played fluently at the top of the order, with six fours and a six from just 26 balls, before he was caught at long-on by Luke Wells off the left-arm seamer Chris Liddle”

      To quote Selvey on Finn “Cook is back”



      • Simon K Mar 20, 2015 / 2:48 pm

        35 from “just” 26 balls. Extraordinary. Imagine that! Does the PA have particular reason to be sensitive about upsetting the ECB?


      • Mark Mar 20, 2015 / 3:34 pm

        It is very, very strange.

        The cult of Cook is something I have never seen in English cricket before. Many people loved Botham, and he had his detractors . But Cook is not in the same class as Botham.

        And it isn’t from the majority of the public, but a very creepy section on the media. The birds are singing, spring is in the air, and Cook worship has started.

        His team didn’t win though. So some things stay the same.

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      • Zephirine Mar 20, 2015 / 4:15 pm

        Imagine if someone else had played that innings:

        “The South-African-born batsman scored just 35 runs in defeat to Sussex. Despite playing fluently to begin with, managing six fours and a six from 26 balls, he was caught at long-on after an ill-judged stroke, leaving the rest of the top order to struggle….”

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      • Pontiac Mar 20, 2015 / 5:01 pm

        Three singles. Three.

        So out of 26 balls 16 were dots in a T20 game.


      • Pontiac Mar 20, 2015 / 5:03 pm

        Duh. Five and 14. Still a lot of dot.


      • BoerInAustria Mar 20, 2015 / 8:42 pm

        Guardian corrected the headline that AC lets bat do the talking
        I rather preferred it doing the taking…


  8. thebogfather Mar 20, 2015 / 1:28 pm

    at least we’ve had confirmation that Selfry wont be at the next World Cup – btw LCL, that line yesterday about Moores mate rumoured to be his agent – was that a subtle dig or something moore real?


  9. thebogfather Mar 20, 2015 / 5:08 pm

    Dear All, forget pringle, newman, selfie, alibongomartin, et al… scroll down and read/ comment on LCL’s wonderful ‘Soap’ and ‘Shower Gel’ posts – surely some of the most brilliant blog posts ever!


      • thebogfather Mar 20, 2015 / 6:00 pm

        Some soap suds… NaughtyCookie getting his slow over-rate/captaincy confusion ban out of the way in SL… Woakes opening bowling with a degree of success prior to WC, not used that way in WC …Broad at 78-80mph, unfit and totally scared of quick-bowling…


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