Do You Love What You Feel – The 2015 HDWLIA/BOC Survey…

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Here it is……..

The International Summer

England’s Test Player Of The Summer (Top Three) –

Best Overseas Test Player Of The Summer (Top Three)

Best Test Innings Of The Summer (Top Three)

Best Bowling Performance (Individual) Of The Summer (Top Three)

The Best Thing About This Test Match Summer

The Worst Thing About This Test Match Summer

Best ODI performance by an England player (New award)

Journalists & Commentators (Bloggers do not count, cricket press and cricinfo)

Best Three Journalists (rank order)

Worst Five Journalists (rank order)

Best Commentator

Best Commentator That Doesn’t Get Test Matches

Oh No! Why He Is On? Worst Three Commentators

Open Space –

Your overall comments on the summer….

You can stick the replies in the comments, or e-mail me on dmitriold@hotmail.co.uk. Entries close on 30 September, with the results announced soon after.

21 thoughts on “Do You Love What You Feel – The 2015 HDWLIA/BOC Survey…

  1. Mark Sep 13, 2015 / 3:30 pm

    Broad
    Root
    Finn/Anderson

    Smith
    Rodgers
    Hazelwood

    Stokes at Lords vs New Zealand (Changed game)
    Root at Cardiff vs Aus ( changed game and series)
    Wattling New Zealand at Leeds

    Broad 8/15 at Nottingham.
    Anderson at Birmingham
    Aus attack on flat pitch at Lords.

    The New Zealand series
    The lack of any ashes contest

    No particular player just a better al round style of play.

    Can’t be bothered to name any journalists. But special mention for Mark Butcher and Geoff Boycott for standing up to the Avalanche of shite that has passed for analyasis.

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  2. Sean B Sep 13, 2015 / 5:39 pm

    Selfey is going to take some beating for the worst journalist award

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    • SimonH Sep 13, 2015 / 5:51 pm

      I was leaning toward FICJAM for my Number One – but then Selvey pulls it out of the fire again at the last minute!

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      • Mark Sep 13, 2015 / 6:17 pm

        In that one tweet he demonstrates that he is a terrible judge, and knows nothing about cricket. You might as well ask the town drunk and crazy person to give his opinion. It won’t be any more ludicrous.

        English cricket jounalism has never been more in the toilet. A bunch of smug, self satisfied free loaders.. No wonder he is not bothered with quality in the cricket. It matches the lack of quality in his own industry.

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    • Arron Wright Sep 13, 2015 / 6:34 pm

      Well, I sent my votes by email, and absolutely no regular readers will be surprised by my #1 choice for the worst journalist.

      “Parrot”, *and* “bollocks”. Selveyan contempt for different opinions, and those who espouse them, in a convenient nutshell.

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    • northernlight71 Sep 13, 2015 / 6:40 pm

      Couldn’t resist a reply to that nonsense. Counting down to being blocked in 6….5…..4….3….2….

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    • Arron Wright Sep 14, 2015 / 5:24 am

      There’s a follow-up in which he says “If we’re going to compare this and any other summer with the greatest series ever played you will never please anyone.”

      Funny, I didn’t think it was the sceptics who started parroting bollocks about 2015 v 2005 (hi Nasser et al).

      One of the replies is pure gold: “possible to argue 2015 was more exciting because NZ better than Bangladesh.” Meanwhile in all the excitement about the 2015 ODIs no-one seems to remember a triangular tournament that seriously whetted the appetite and ended in a tie….

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      • Arron Wright Sep 14, 2015 / 9:53 am

        Better home summers in 30 years, imo:

        Obvious: 2005

        Head and shoulders above, shouldn’t even need an argument: 1991, 1995, 1998, 2003

        I would also make a case for:

        1990 (first England home Test series wins in 5 years; last glimpse of Hadlee; first of Tendulkar; hugely entertaining if bat-dominated series v India; Gooch 1,000 Test runs, still unique)

        1994 (first series v South Africa since re-admission, and one of the great Oval Tests)

        1997 (spectacular ODI performances, euphoria of Edgbaston, cracking final Test)

        2000 (first series win v West Indies in 31 years; last glimpse of Ambrose/Walsh; astonishing Lord’s Test; Alec Stewart making 100 in his 100th Test; unusual dominance of ball)

        2004 (England won all seven Tests, but only the very last was as hopelessly one-sided as this Ashes; they won from difficult positions and had many different contributors; huge surge in optimism about the looming Ashes; also last glimpse of Brian Lara and a decent Champions Trophy final)

        Might even throw in 2001 as a “when do you think you’ll see a side as good as *that* again in England in your lifetime, then?” curveball.

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  3. d'Arthez Sep 13, 2015 / 7:23 pm

    England’s Test Player Of The Summer (Top Three) –
    Broad, Root. The rest were mostly average, and I don’t want to pollute the poll by picking a bowler who went wicketless for quite a few innings (Anderson, and mostly only bothered to perform under ideal conditions for him), or a batsman who hardly did anything (say Cook – delayed the inevitable twice in the Ashes, did not bother to really contribute in the won Tests – the one exception would be the ton he made against New Zealand).

    Best Overseas Test Player Of The Summer (Top Three)
    Boult, Rogers, Watling. Not necessarily in that order.

    Best Test Innings Of The Summer (Top Three)
    Watling 120 at Headingley
    Stokes at Lord’s vs. New Zealand
    Root at Cardiff vs. Australia

    Best Bowling Performance (Individual) Of The Summer (Top Three)
    Broad 8/15
    Johnson at Lord’s
    Boult at Lord’s

    The Best Thing About This Test Match Summer
    That it is finally over.

    The Worst Thing About This Test Match Summer
    Dreadful umpiring standards. I am looking at you Ravi. If off-the field performances are included, the mainstream media. Good god, I have seen more intelligence displayed by a herd of teenagers with regards to their favorite boy / girlband. Come to think of it, that includes pre-teen fans of bands who mainly focus on pre-teen children.

    Best ODI performance by an England player (New award)
    I don’t remember the New Zealand series that much. Over-saturation.

    Best Journalist:
    Mike Walters has to be up there somewhere. He seems to be about the only newspaper journalist who calls it as it is. Too bad he does not write that often on cricket.

    The other two nominations should invariably end up at cricinfo, but as the series wore on, in all its one-sided g(l)ory, I could not be bothered to read them, so dreadful was the cricket at times.

    Worst Five Journalists (rank order)
    Selfey – for his idiotic remarks about women’s cricket.
    Selv3y – for his idiotic remarks about Smith
    Selfie – for his idiotic rewriting of cricket history (revisionism with regards to Saker for instance), and bigging up Strauss
    S3lv3y – for his vitriolic tweeting
    Selvey – for being a generally useless cricket correspondent, to whom nothing is more strange than reality. The Guardian as a newspaper would improve if they left the column inches otherwise occupied by Selvey white.

    The others don’t even come close to it. Mr. Pringle merely seems to be simply innumerate by comparison. Incidentally, he still needs 6 wins out of 7 in the UAE and South Africa. Good luck with that Derek.

    Other comments: I fear for the future of the game as an actual game. WWE-style scripted entertainment seems ever closer to home. The English cricketing press has betrayed the people, and happily sold out for a few shiny beads. The press are happy about this.

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  4. Rohan Sep 13, 2015 / 8:09 pm

    England’s Test Player Of The Summer (Top Three) –

    Root, Broad and Stokes (yes he is inconsistent, but when he was good this summer he was sublime)

    Best Overseas Test Player Of The Summer (Top Three)

    Rogers, Boult and McCullum

    Best Test Innings Of The Summer (Top Three)

    Stokes century v NZ Lord’s test, KPs 355, wow what a message to send,shame it fell on deaf ears and Smith’s double century

    Best Bowling Performance (Individual) Of The Summer (Top Three)

    Finn’s 6 for on his return, Johnson’s spell at Lords (yes only 3 wickets, but truly ferocious and fast; a joy to watch) and……………

    The Best Thing About This Test Match Summer

    New Zealand’s approach to cricket and the NZ V ENG one day series, a thriller of huge totals

    The Worst Thing About This Test Match Summer

    The ashes test matches were crammed into too short a time space (sure they used to finish in September!) and not enough tests against NZ

    Best ODI performance by an England player (New award)

    Morgan, I love his knocks so skilful and inventive

    Journalists & Commentators (Bloggers do not count, cricket press and cricinfo)

    Best Three Journalists (rank order)

    DOAG guys
    Most ESPN folks
    Nick Hoult

    Worst Five Journalists (rank order)

    1. FICJAM
    2. Selvey
    3. A Swann
    4. Simon Hughes
    5. The football bloke who writes on cricket sometimes – Samuels? Published some horribly vitriolic articles……..

    Best Commentator

    Boycott

    Best Commentator That Doesn’t Get Test Matches

    Mark Butcher

    Oh No! Why He Is On? Worst Three Commentators

    G Swann
    Nick Kinght (grrrr)
    FICJAM

    Open Space –

    My thoughts on this summer. NZ here, great, fun, enjoyable; cricket with a buzz. Aus arrive, some good performances by individuals and good emergence of young players, but a lot of joy sucked out of it by some in the MSM with an obvious agenda, which they pedalled regardless of the evidence on the pitch in front of them. Overall, first half joy, second half meh……..

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    • LordCanisLupus Sep 13, 2015 / 8:11 pm

      Don’t want to be picky, but KP’s 355 was not in a test match 🙂

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      • Rohan Sep 13, 2015 / 9:48 pm

        Sorry, my mistake, I read the question/ heading incorrectly! In my mind I was telling myself it was ‘best innings by an England player’…………trying to be too clever 😉

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  5. SimonH Sep 14, 2015 / 10:34 am

    England’s best:
    1. Broad 2. Root 3. Stokes

    Overseas’ best:
    1. Boult 2. Rogers 3. Williamson

    Best Test innings:
    1. Root (Cardiff) 2. Stokes (Lord’s) 3. Watling (Headingley)

    None were as good as the Younis Khan and Chandimal tons in SL.

    Best bowling:
    1. Broad (TB) 2. Finn (Edgbaston) 3. Boult (Lord’s)

    Best thing about this summer:
    New Zealand

    Worst thing:
    That NZ series was too short – and there won’t be another for too long.

    The way the MSM ignored two excellent series in SL is a close second.

    Best England ODI
    Buttler/Rashid partnership against NZ.

    Best three journos:
    1. Nick Hoult 2. Mike Walters 3. Ali Martin

    Worst five journos:
    1. Selvey
    2. FICJAM
    3. Andy Bull (for The Spin on DOAG alone)
    4. Newman
    5. Pringle (only this low because he doesn’t write so much any more)

    Best and worst commentators:
    I’ve had TV on with the sound turned down virtually all summer so can’t really say. The decline of Nasser Hussain has been one of the worst parts of the summer. I don’t listen to TMS. Russel Arnold has been great on the SL Tests.

    Overall:
    Second English season running where the best was up first and the rest was soured by the Big Three and MSM.

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    • SimonH Sep 15, 2015 / 9:34 pm

      Aargh! Can’t believe I forgot Mitch at Lord’s in the bowling. He should be second.

      Probably should have bumped Pringle for Martin Samuels as well.

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  6. Arron Wright Sep 14, 2015 / 10:55 am

    Less than 24 hours up and 11 of my 13 “International Summer” choices (players rather than things) have been nominated by at least one other person.

    Can’t believe no-one’s gone for the other two yet 😉

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    • Boz Sep 14, 2015 / 6:56 pm

      what? Corbyn at left back and Osborne at outside right – who cares. See Compton is apparently talking to Bayliss to replace Cook and open with Lyth in UAE – dramatic or just, plain made up?

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  7. SteveT Oct 2, 2015 / 3:52 pm

    Apologies for lateness, been away and off line for a bit and am catching up with articles by your good selves and TFT.

    Here are my survey results.

    The International Summer

    England’s Test Player Of The Summer (Top Three) –

    Root, Broad, Stokes

    Best Overseas Test Player Of The Summer (Top Three)

    Smith, Williamson, Boult

    Best Test Innings Of The Summer (Top Three)

    Root at Cardiff
    Stokes v NZ at Lord’s
    BJ Watling Headingley

    Best Bowling Performance (Individual) Of The Summer (Top Three)

    Broad at Trent Bidge (No brainer)
    Johnson/Starc in tandem at Lord’s
    Finn at Edgbaston

    The Best Thing About This Test Match Summer
    The whole of the NZ series

    The Worst Thing About This Test Match Summer
    Five ‘non-testing’ test matches

    Best ODI performance by an England player (New award)
    Eoin Morgan (consistent throughout)

    Journalists & Commentators (Bloggers do not count, cricket press and cricinfo)

    Best Three Journalists (rank order)

    Equal 1st Jarrod Kimber/Sam Collins (for obvious reasons)
    Tim Wigmore
    Gideon Haigh

    Ali Martin, Nick Hoult and Mike Walters also warrant a mention

    Worst Five Journalists (rank order)

    Where do you start?
    1) FICJAM (haven’t got half way through any of his pieces without losing the will to live)
    2) Martin Samuels
    3) Paul Newman
    4) Simon Hughes
    5) Jim Holden/Oliver Holt (for one shocking article each)
    Blimey, can’t find room for Selfey

    Best Commentator

    Bumble/Geoff Boycott

    Best Commentator That Doesn’t Get Test Matches

    Liked what I have heard of Tom Moody on the verdict and in the ODI’s

    Oh No! Why He Is On? Worst Three Commentators

    Graeme Swann
    Dominic Cork
    David Gower (for his simpering fawning interview with old-chum Strussy)

    Open Space –

    Your overall comments on the summer….

    The starters outshone the main course. Pleasant surprise to win the Ashes and to win 5 out of 10 ODI’s. Not bad for what I thought was going to be a car-crash summer. It was memorable for roller-coaster drama and piss-poor standard of cricket. Off field matters continue to leave me depressed and worried about over state of the game.

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  8. thebogfather Oct 3, 2015 / 12:53 pm

    I’ve deferred from adding my ‘votes’ for a while now….not because I haven’t had the time, nor because I didn’t want to. Let me explain…This summer is the first for 40 years where I haven’t seen a single moment of live International cricket – either on TV (having cancelled Sky 2 years ago) or at a match (I just won’t/now can’t pay the prices to be herded and treated like cattle or a cash cow/mug). It also coincided with the first summer where I don’t think I missed a single ball (via TMS) because I’d been made redundant after 33 years of continuous employment. Oh the irony of it.
    So, having thought about it, and only having caught the occasional C5 highlights (I hate highlights as a rule) I will not answer most of the questions re individual performances
    I also feel that I’ve lost something in my love of the game this year, I’m still working out exactly what, maybe that’ll be another post for a later date or maybe I’ll rediscover it?
    It also, and my apologies here, has meant I haven’t been enthused to produce my promised book review(s) yet.
    Anyway – here goes….

    England’s Test Player Of The Summer (Top Three) – Broad, Moeen, Root

    Best Overseas Test Player Of The Summer (Top Three)- Williamson, Boult, McCullum
    Best Test Innings Of The Summer (Top Three)

    Best Bowling Performance (Individual) Of The Summer (Top Three) Broad…erm

    The Best Thing About This Test Match Summer – it’s over

    The Worst Thing About This Test Match Summer – the puffery from the press, the poor skill application

    Best ODI performance by an England player (New award) nothing sticks in my mind

    Journalists & Commentators (Bloggers do not count, cricket press and cricinfo)

    Best Three Journalists (rank order) DOAG team, Haigh, Vic Marks

    Worst Five Journalists (rank order) Selvey, FICJAM, Stocks, Newman, Dobell (going downhill rapidly)

    Best Commentator – Boycott

    Best Commentator That Doesn’t Get Test Matches
    -Lizzy Ammon

    Oh No! Why Is He/She On? Worst Three Commentators
    Lovejoy, FICJAM, Ebony Rainford-Brent

    note: some of the BBC county commentary this summer has been excellent – long may it continue

    Open Space –

    Your overall comments on the summer….

    as per my opening waffle.. and with added annoyance at MSM ineptitude, laziness and puffery…
    I won’t even mention ECB/ICC….

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    • Mark Oct 3, 2015 / 9:29 pm

      I know exactly what you mean Bogfather. Really couldn’t care less this summer. The clue is how desperate they try to sell it as the greatest of all time.

      I’m thinking of dumping Sky too. Money is pouring into English sport and we are not very good.

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