Temp Post – Update

No posts from me today. Horrendous migraine headache (no alcohol involved) all day.

Normal service to be resumed tomorrow. Hopefully.

UPDATE While a little better today (Monday) still not up to much. If I feel ok after work I might put up the latest Ashes panel but likelihood is I won’t.

Lord knows what’s causing this.

30 thoughts on “Temp Post – Update

  1. Arron Wright Aug 2, 2015 / 9:23 pm

    There are, as yet, no comments enabled on the recently-published “Let’s Kick Michael Clarke And Try Not To Sound Like I Relish It Too Much” article by Mike Cyclops.

    But when there are, I hope he’s bombarded for this alone:

    “Clarke, first and foremost a self-absorbed cricketer”.

    Not something he’s ever said about a man who says things like:

    So-called friend
    I won in India, I won the Ashes at home
    Something must be done
    The World Cup captaincy was taken away from me and you saw the result
    I don’t think my place should have been questioned the way it has

    Do feel free to add to this list of things that aren’t self-absorbed at all…

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    • SimonH Aug 2, 2015 / 9:54 pm

      Comments are now enabled – for what it’s worth so far.

      Those missing clivejw may not have noticed a lengthy and spot-on comment late on the Andy Bull thread.

      Mike Cyclops? Hmmm, I rather like that…..


      • SimonH Aug 3, 2015 / 7:40 am

        “A lot of the posts are much better balanced, more informative and at times more humorous than they were in the dark days last year without being gung ho”.

        Well done, boys and girls!


        • LordCanisLupus Aug 3, 2015 / 12:44 pm

          Balanced = agree with wctt. We all know this. It would be funny if he wasn’t so damned self important.

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      • Arron Wright Aug 3, 2015 / 8:17 am

        Oh you cannot be serious…..


      • Arron Wright Aug 3, 2015 / 8:19 am

        …you are (though I confess I thought it was MC not wctt!)


      • Arron Wright Aug 3, 2015 / 9:08 am

        That kpateldf24, he’s not gung ho at all, is he?

        wctt is replying to a post that states “there’s no reason that seam attack can’t bowl Australia out for damn all.”

        Then he praises macisadog, 90% of whose posts are just abuse!


      • paulewart Aug 3, 2015 / 12:52 pm

        In response to his usual smug comments I posed him some direct questions the other day. Did he, for example, genuinely believe that people would be discussing Alastair Cook or Kevin Pietersen’s batting in years to come.Needless to say he didn’t respond. He has nothing to say.


    • Mark Aug 2, 2015 / 10:15 pm

      There is a feeling that when England go down under the whole of Australia is a member of the ACB. From passport control to hotel check in everyone wants to give the England team grief. And that’s before we get to the Aussie media.

      The likes of Selvey and his mates in the media seem to feel duty bound to give the Aussies a taste of their own medicine. Trouble is they just come off as bores. There is no humour to it. It seems rather dull, and frankly rather pointless.

      But when he sits down with his next dinner for 2 with Cook he needs to be able to point to something he has done to help Team England. Be in no doubt, they all think they are on the team. So trying to undermine the Aussie captain is part of their job description.

      But Clarke does seem to have really got under the skin of fleets streets finest. No quite sure why. There was Aggers outburst about Clarkes speech at Phil Hughes funeral. Clark does seem to have got up their noses. Perhaps he has been mean to Englands greatest captain and farmer.

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      • SimonH Aug 3, 2015 / 10:08 am

        Since “get ready for a f***ing broken arm” it’s been like the gloves have come off and they don’t feel any compunction to hide their loathing. Let’s be clear – I don’t consider “get ready for a f***ing broken arm” a great contribution to human wit or wisdom. I also don’t think Clarke did anything more than say, within the range of a stump microphone, the sort of thing that has been said by any number of players in recent series.

        That statement allowed the MSM to express their loathing – but it didn’t cause it. Warne’s one-eyed championing of Clarke also didn’t help but again isn’t the fundamental cause. I can’t help but feel that the fundamental cause is the same as it is with Pietersen – they’re a bit flash. Tattoos, celebrity girlfriends, celebrity friends – their list of crimes against stout yeoman-ship is endless. Stout yeoman like to regard themselves as the salt of the earth but their defining characteristic looks more like undisguised contempt towards anyone who isn’t like them.

        The contrast between McCullum’s generosity of spirit towards Clarke’s troubles in his DM column and Selvey’s sad, pathetic sniping is painful. No self-absorption. No he only scores runs at No.5 because of all the good players above him. Here are the highest Test runs scorers at No.5:


        Obviously they were all hiding down the order cashing in on the efforts of better players above them too. Especially that bloke at number six on the list.

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      • Arron Wright Aug 3, 2015 / 10:37 am

        It’s no secret that I genuinely cannot stand Cyclops Selfey, but some of the sycophants on his threads are even worse. If you want to see Moonies in action, that’s where you should go. Not here.


        • LordCanisLupus Aug 3, 2015 / 10:58 am

          DucdeBlange or whatever his name is has so many straw men in his latest diatribe that I thought I’d stumbled into a Wizard of Oz audition.


      • Mark Aug 3, 2015 / 11:48 am

        Simon, I wondered if it goes back to the “broken arm” threat. Your point about Clarkes friendship with Warne is probably a major factor. Because Warne is a friend of you now who.

        In American politics there is an old saying “follow the money” if you want to know any politicians agenda, follow the money back to whos funding him.

        English cricket writers have a version of that principle. We should call it “follow the Pietersen connection.’ If you want to know why a player is being trashed follow the Pietersen connection.

        Yesterday on CWOTV they couldn’t even contain themselves for a brief tribute to Clive Rice. After all the the journos had said some complimentary things about Rice, someone pointed out that Rice played a major part in bringing KP to England. To which Alott said……. “you are not going to hold that against him.”

        Their loathing runs very deep.


      • paulewart Aug 3, 2015 / 12:19 pm

        Jesus, that goes beyond loathing. It’s totally disrespectful. Do they really think Clive Rice’s family would want to hear that kind of stuff? The gloves really are off, no attempt at neutrality, just offensiveness.


        • LordCanisLupus Aug 3, 2015 / 12:41 pm

          Not had the chance to hear this. Sounds incredibly disrespectful.


      • Mark Aug 3, 2015 / 2:15 pm

        It was all said with usual insider humour. You know, just a joke kind of thing, nothing malicious.

        But why even say it? The airbrushing continues.


  2. SimonH Aug 3, 2015 / 11:16 am

    The Indy has Nick Knight telling Australia where they’re going wrong. Seriously. And it’s not enough county cricket. His proof: Chris Rogers. Obviously Australia’s most out-of-form batsman Adam Voges hasn’t played much county cricket. Oh wait, he has. Lots of it. Oh dear. Then there’s Michael Clarke. Oh dear, he’s played county cricket. The two who haven’t, Warner and Smith, both average over 40 in the series so aren’t doing too badly. One made a double century only two Tests ago.

    Apparently Mitch Marsh tried to play some county cricket last year but nobody would take him.

    In an ideal world, perhaps some Australian batsmen would have had a brief county stint before the Tests like Sanga at Durham last year. However Australia had a tour of the West Indies so if anyone’s to blame it’s the schedulers. Australia have been blamed (with some justification) for not supporting some test-playing nations so it isn’t exactly ideal to say they shouldn’t have toured – and with West Indies using Duke Balls it didn’t seem the daftest idea for Ashes’ preparation.

    Knight concludes – “Alastair Cook and his team know that one more good performance will secure this Ashes series to cap an extraordinary few months for English cricket”. Extraordinary few months? Stink out the WC, draw 1-1 with the 8th ranked team, draw 1-1 with a team England have beaten in every home series since 1999 and win a home ODI series 3-2 against a team decimated by bowling injuries and who have just lost to Zimbabwe. And of course Knight can’t even wait for that “one more good performance” before going off the deep end…..


    • Mark Aug 3, 2015 / 12:17 pm

      The media coverage is childlike triumphant at the moment. Apparently all England have to do is turn up at Trent Bridge and the Ashes will be ours. The Aussies are a busted flush, their batting is gone, their bowling is not firing, and the captain is a dead man walking.

      All of which may have an element of truth, but this is a team who won by 400 runs at Lords. Added to which Anderson is out, the same Anderson who ripped apart the Aussie batting in the first innings at Birmingham. This minor detail seems to be of no consequence for the simpletons who write this trash.

      The Mail had a headline that went along the lines of “Brilliant Bell was almost sacked.” Well if he’s that brilliant why would you sack him? The MSM seem only able to write for 7 year olds Everything is either ” your brilliant or your fired.” This is the same retarded coverage of almost everything in the modern world. There are no shades of grey.

      I notice all the rumours about Cook retiring from the captaincy after this series seem to have faded away. Alice will be pleased.

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  3. SimonH Aug 3, 2015 / 1:35 pm

    I was dreading an “Alastair was going to stand down, but after a triumphant summer and by popular acclaim…..” announcement – but now I actually want him to captain in the winter.

    The idea that UAE will ease a new captain in easily is beserk. Plus he has the chance to become England’s losing-est captain away which is one record I wouldn’t want to deny him.


    • d'Arthez Aug 3, 2015 / 3:20 pm

      Losingest? He still has to lose 11 more to get there (overall). In away Tests he has to lose just four against Pakistan / South Africa, and the record could be his before the year is over.

      Atherton captained in 21 losses (54 matches), Cook in 11 thus far (from 36). Mind you Cook has captained in two Tests against BD (fat chance of adding to that; those Tests were from 2010, to give Strauss a break). Since assuming captaincy after Strauss retired, Cook has captained in 9 Tests against India (2 tours), 7 against New Zealand (3 tours), 13 against Australia (3 tours; will be 15 by the end of the series). Two tests against Sri Lanka, and three against West Indies. None against Pakistan or South Africa. The kind of teams that can easily add to the losses column.

      Yeah, balanced schedule that.

      And in terms of tour results, wins against BD (2010 vintage, I have my doubts that this England side would repeat that, since BD have improved markedly). Two wins against India. 1 win and two drawn series against New Zealand, 1 win and 1 whitewash against Australia, a loss against Sri Lanka, and a drawn series against West Indies.

      Considering the strenghts of the teams involved, I would venture to guess that Atherton faced higher quality opposition than Mr. Cook. Not just from Australia, but a fair few other teams too.


      • SimonH Aug 3, 2015 / 3:48 pm

        Losing-est in away Tests.

        It’s the stat being thrown at Clarke by the English MSM which was why I was looking at how Cook rated on the same measure. Atherton has 10 whereas Cook is tied in third with Strauss on 7.

        Of course I’d agree that Atherton faced tougher opposition and led a weaker team as well.


  4. d'Arthez Aug 3, 2015 / 3:06 pm


    Northants’ future looks uncertain. They could go against the wall, or become another grossly uncompetitive county. This despite the millions the county gets in the Sky deal.

    Now pray tell me, why would Sky keep paying insane amounts of money when they can get the rights for less? It is not like the market or public interest is that big. If I would venture to guess, it is about 20-30% of pre-Sky levels. Participation figures are also declining, and that is partly masked by the uptake of girls and women playing cricket.


    • Mark Aug 3, 2015 / 3:39 pm

      Sky are drowning in money. They don’t know what to do with it. However they need content to fill up their numerous sports channels. Particularly in the summer when there is no football. And by having a sport on Sky they are depriving another channel of having it. (This makes it easier for Murdoch to claim in his newspapers that the govt should get rid of the BBC. )

      The viewing figures for cricket on Sky are woeful. But cricket has decided to take the money and screw the exposure. There is no broadcaster who will pay what Sky does, so cricket is now locked in a catch 22 of doom. It can’t leave Sky for financial reasons, but Sky can’t get bigger viewing figures for cricket .

      I would not be at all surprised if Sky is working with the various franchises to create a new structure for the game. Many counties may find themselves out in the cold. Sport is run increasingly for TV only. Look at the ICC. Their whole World Cup model is about maximising revenue. So good bye associates.


      • LordCanisLupus Aug 3, 2015 / 7:08 pm

        They have massively overpaid for the Premier League. They aren’t drowning as much as people think. It’s getting to the point where people won’t pay that sort of price. Sky have live competition and losing key battles. The only people who suffer are sports lovers. Especially sports lovers who don’t have lots of spare cash.


      • Mark Aug 3, 2015 / 8:37 pm

        Up till now Sky have been drowning in cash. I agree they have paid a fortune for the latest rights. And your point about competition is right. I suspect they felt they had to lay out the big bucks to blow BT out of the water. In fact this last deal was a bit like the first deal in 1992 when Sky had to blow ITV out of the water.

        I do wonder if there is a ceiling to what a number of people will pay. It was £5 per month when they first started. It’s now over £50. That’s a ten fold increase in 20’odd years. If that keeps up you are looking at £500 per month in 20 more years. Can’t see it happening. Wages for most people are declining.

        Their promotion of the new season seems to have a slightly desperate nature to it. It’s so hyped as to be almost ridiculous. Premiership footballers are the modern version of tulips. Tulipmania was the result. Perhaps we will get Footballermania and the whole thing will explode.


  5. Ian Aug 3, 2015 / 3:54 pm

    I fear for the future of more. Nhants are if franchise T20 goes ahead one of the counties who will be paid for not playing cricket. How long before someone decides why are we paying teams not to play and pulls the plug.


  6. Danno Aug 3, 2015 / 7:10 pm

    Get well soon.


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