ASHES 2015: The Key Head-to-Head Battles

Posted on: July 5th, 2015 by Scott No Comments

On Wednesday the time will come for the talking to stop and the cricket to start in what is without question the biggest and fiercest battle in cricket. The anticipation is building ahead of what should be an outstanding series, with the hopes of the English cricketing public raised by their swashbuckling approach to the [...]


Van Gaal is master craftsman who will be let down by his tools

Posted on: August 10th, 2014 by Scott No Comments

There is a very different feeling around Old Trafford. The gloom of last season has lifted and been replaced with a wave of optimism and a feeling that the empire is about to strike back. That change is all down to the arrival of one man – Louis van Gaal. The Dutchman has swept into [...]


T20 is the reason for England’s bare spin bowling cabinet

Posted on: July 6th, 2014 by Scott No Comments

Spin bowlers across the county circuit are putting their hands up and desperately trying to force their way into the England reckoning. England lost their recent Test series against Sri Lanka without a specialist spinner in the side and look set to enter the India series with Moeen Ali performing the spin role in the [...]


England should pick Carberry in all forms of Cricket

Posted on: September 18th, 2013 by Scott No Comments

Hampshire’s televised one run victory over Lancashire in the FLT20 quarter final hammered home one significant point about England’s cricket team. Why on Earth does it not include Michael Carberry?   The openers demolition of Lancashire’s bowling on his way to achieving the rare feat of a T20 century was a joy to behold. Carberry [...]


Opinion: Fellaini is the last resort United just don’t need

Posted on: September 18th, 2013 by Scott No Comments

According to various reports, Manchester United have turned their attention to Everton’s Marouane Fellaini as their search for a central midfielder goes on. After twice failing with bids for Cesc Fabregas and seemingly failing to identify any other big name targets, David Moyes looks set to raid his old club for the 25-year-old Belgian.   [...]


Jose Mourinho was not “special” at Chelsea

Posted on: September 18th, 2013 by Scott No Comments

There seems to be a myth about Jose Mourinho’s first spell as Chelsea manager. That myth seems to be that Mourinho did the impossible, the implausible and the unexpected. In truth Mourinho did exactly what was expected and achieved nothing out of the ordinary at Chelsea.   The fact is that Mourinho arrived at Chelsea [...]


Cautious Cook must change his ways

Posted on: September 18th, 2013 by Scott No Comments

Alistair Cook is relatively new to the England captaincy and came under fierce criticism at Headingley for his tactics in the second test against New Zealand. Cooks decision not to enforce the follow on and then the pace at which his side proceeded to bat at brought widespread confusion and almost lead to England drawing [...]


Carberry, not Compton should be Englands Ashes Opener

Posted on: September 18th, 2013 by Scott No Comments

Nick Compton is under increasing pressure for his place at the top of Englands test match batting order. On the face of it, this seems unreasonable given his back to back centuries in New Zealand just a couple of tests ago. However with the return of Kevin Pietersen on the horizon and the form of [...]


Premier League like the Bundesliga? No Thanks

Posted on: September 18th, 2013 by Scott No Comments

When two German teams reached the Champions League Final, and not one English club made the quarterfinals, the reaction was inevitable. “We should be more like them”. “The German model is perfect”. “We are so far behind them”. Actually that’s all rubbish. It’s an over exaggeration and overlooks the strengths of the Premier League and [...]


Inconsistent Broad lucky to keep his place

Posted on: September 18th, 2013 by Scott No Comments

Stuart Broad took the plaudits for his seven wicket performance in the second innings at Lords against New Zealand. Rightly so, it was a terrific performance. We all know Broad is capable of such displays, he has done it before. However they do not happen often enough.   Broad took the man of the match [...]