42 thoughts on “England v Australia – 1st ODI

  1. LordCanisLupus Jul 21, 2015 / 9:28 am

    I see the odious Giles Clarke is keeping a low profile (see twitter feed). Glad he’s no longer front and centre at the ECB.

    Can’t see on my cricinfo who is batting first despite the game being scheduled to start in four minutes. Is it raining?


    • Boz Jul 21, 2015 / 9:52 am

      “Glad he’s no longer front and centre at the ECB.”

      Quite, Clarke is the giant rump behind everything!


  2. Boz Jul 21, 2015 / 9:50 am

    bit dull but no rain yet – commentator ?Paul Allot doesn’t know anybody’s name and, yes, you guessed it, the delightfully thick Nick Knight is the ‘specialist woman’


  3. Boz Jul 21, 2015 / 10:23 am

    Great bowling by Kate Cross to get the wicket Of Meg Lanning – Kate occasionally plays in the men’s team up in the North, Lancashire as it’s known, to get experience and broaden depth of that experience – no England games in the North of the country as usual, Bristol and Worcester to come before London – appalling organisation and the ECB don’t care ……..


  4. Mike Jul 21, 2015 / 10:34 am

    Great start by England.

    What’s the pitch looking like, is it the usual Taunton road?


  5. BoerInAustria Jul 21, 2015 / 11:04 am

    35/3 I thought England is batting first…


  6. Scrim Jul 21, 2015 / 11:34 am

    Ellyse Perry is a wicketkeeper now? She was already a world class batsman, bowler, and footballer…

    Wait, I just checked, that image is incorrect. Have a look at the names and take one guess as to who is actually Australia’s ‘keeper.


  7. Zephirine Jul 21, 2015 / 11:45 am

    Interesting comments from Clare Connor about Lottie Edwards’s captaincy – she said normally you’d reckon about 4 years, possibly as much as 6 years, is the lifetime of a captain and after that the captain’s exhausted and the players need a change. Lottie has ‘continually reinvented herself’ to last for 10 years (and she doesn’t look tired!).


    • BoerInAustria Jul 21, 2015 / 12:30 pm

      Amazing achievement.
      So Alistair advancing down the pitch to Lyon was maybe part of him “reinventing himself”..?


  8. Zephirine Jul 21, 2015 / 1:12 pm

    England 106-1. This is what I call a top order.


    • Zephirine Jul 21, 2015 / 1:13 pm

      Duh, not concentrating, that was a replay! My point still applies though.


  9. SimonH Jul 21, 2015 / 1:57 pm

    BBC reporting Bairstow has replaced Ballance for Edgbaston.

    Newman’s ‘good journalism’ turns out to be accurate.


  10. wrongunatlongon Jul 21, 2015 / 2:32 pm

    My mum is there. “Decent crowd and better choice of beer than in Cardiff. Cricket good too.”

    Well done my mum.


    • Zephirine Jul 21, 2015 / 4:00 pm

      Well done WrongunsMum, don’t get sunburnt.

      There seem to be quite a lot of mums in the audience, all looking happy. What a good thing.

      One of the England players, Lydia Greenway I think, just almost got run out in Ben Stokes style, to general astonishment. Splendid show of solidarity with Ben, that’s what I say.


      • LordCanisLupus Jul 21, 2015 / 4:06 pm

        Can’t watch it but looks like a top partnership between Greenway and Sciver. Come on England. Greenery courtesy of effing autocorrect on the phone.


  11. SimonH Jul 21, 2015 / 3:22 pm

    ABDV missing SA’s 1st Test against Bangladesh (paternity leave) so his long run of consecutive caps and consecutive caps from debut is over. McCullum can overtake the latter. Allan Border is still way out in front on the former (153). Guess who is now second? (Clue: he has a huge iron rod).

    Gower has a new book out on the fifty greatest cricketers. Anyone seen a copy and had a quick glance if either you-know-who features? (Although if he’s limited it to players he played against then it isn’t an issue).

    The Guardian thread on the Test squad is a thing to behold. Barely ten comments in one of England’s finest servants is described as “a circus act” who’d rather lie on a beach.


    • Zephirine Jul 21, 2015 / 4:07 pm

      Gower includes Pietersen (the well-known circus act) and Alan Knott but not Boycott or Cook.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Arron Wright Jul 21, 2015 / 4:30 pm

      It’s been a dreadful summer for BTL, it really has.

      (I don’t care much for the first comment on the Spin either, coming as it does from someone who proclaimed his disinterest in administrative issues back in Jan 2014…,)


    • Arron Wright Jul 21, 2015 / 5:02 pm

      MS has written about Bairstow.

      And, in the final paragraph, about another Yorkshire player. Someone he appears to like even less than Michael Clarke.

      Liked by 1 person

    • SHERWICK Jul 21, 2015 / 7:32 pm

      At long, long last, a proper article.


  12. BoerInAustria Jul 21, 2015 / 4:03 pm

    49 from 66…


  13. Zephirine Jul 21, 2015 / 4:27 pm

    And England win by 4 wickets.


      • Zephirine Jul 21, 2015 / 5:03 pm

        No, that was the replay of the last T20 of the last Ashes, on during the lunch break. My bad.

        (England won that one too)


    • BoerInAustria Jul 21, 2015 / 4:28 pm

      Elwiss is alive!


  14. Mark Jul 21, 2015 / 6:13 pm

    Agnew just now on 5 live about Balance….. “If you’re not in form, you’ve got to go.”

    Funny how that never applied to Cook for 2 years. Every agonising 12 and half baked 17 was glossed over with the excuses that TINA.

    Its remarkable how this ruthless selection policy is now pushed by the media, safe in the knowledge that Cook is back in form.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Mark Jul 21, 2015 / 6:21 pm

      Agnew is an idiot.

      “Oh yes country cricket does prepare you for test match cricket. It’s a big jump, and you will be found out quicker …that’s the difference.”

      NOOOOOOO. The difference Is there is nobody bowling at 90/95 miles an hour you frigging moron.

      What would you know about county cricket? you have admitted you don’t watch it.

      Liked by 1 person

  15. SHERWICK Jul 21, 2015 / 6:48 pm

    Did Gower choose Gooch? 🙂


    • SHERWICK Jul 21, 2015 / 6:56 pm

      NO HE DIDN’T!!!!


  16. Boz Jul 21, 2015 / 6:58 pm

    Splendid win by England women – you almost sense Charlotte Edwards’ management of the team, invisible yet obvious, fine leadership without getting over tired – Sciver and Greenaway put together a great stand and set up the victory – well done


    • Boz Jul 21, 2015 / 7:00 pm

      thanks too to LCL, can we have another one for the next match by which time Paul Allott will know everybody’s name!!


      • LordCanisLupus Jul 21, 2015 / 7:18 pm

        I think so. Seemed to work well, and if enough people are watching the match then it’s good to go.

        And a brilliant win to boot. What’s not to like?


  17. Zephirine Jul 21, 2015 / 7:37 pm

    I wonder how long it’ll be before the men adopt the points system, it’s very sensible.

    Perhaps not for the ‘Big Three’ (hiss), but for other tours it does mean that you can have any combination of one-day games and Tests in your series and have a result, e.g the NZ series overall result would have been England 14 points, NZ 10.


    • LordCanisLupus Jul 21, 2015 / 8:21 pm

      “He picks out Warne as a great analyst of the game, even if he sometimes gets “a bit too technical””

      F**k my old boots.


    • Zephirine Jul 21, 2015 / 8:43 pm

      It’s an advertorial, the Standard is a freesheet after all. God knows where the viewing figures come from (Sky’s PR dept?), but I’d trust Sean Ingle to do some research more than I’d trust the Evening Boris.

      Having said that, anything that praises Holding is OK by me.


    • metatone Jul 21, 2015 / 9:28 pm

      When companies I’ve worked with buy advertising they use the BARB figures.
      And given that BARB report tallies with the Guardian one, I’d say 2 things at work:

      1) They added up the viewers for all the days together.
      2) They massaged it up by adding in a random number for pubs etc. and assuming more people than average were in front of each home TV.

      As I say, advertisers only pay on the basis of the BARB figures – as used by the Guardian, because the TV company naturally has an incentive to play games with the “estimate” figure.


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