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featurecricket3 months ago

After half a decade of struggle, perennial reserve Matt Henry proves his worth in whites

For two months in 2018, Matt Henry was the best seamer in England.
Anirudh Suresh
featurecricket4 months ago

ENG vs NZ | Lord’s Day 5 Talking Points: Ross Taylor’s issues against swing and New Zealand forcing a result

While New Zealand began the day on 62/2, they were hell-bent on forcing a result in Lord’s, with their ultra-aggressive batting approach from the first over of the fifth day. With 273 runs to win, England had an eye on the win before they set up the 'famous' shop to deny New Zealand a victory.
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
featurecricket4 months ago

Rory Burns stands firm and unperturbed on the English road to redemption

The news of the birth of his first child came as a blessing for Rory Burns but in the same year, also came as a piece of bad news, that he was dropped from the English setup for the first time after a string of failures against India in the sub-continent.
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
featurecricket4 months ago

ENG vs NZ | Lord’s Day 4 Talking Points: Tim Southee’s accuracy and Ollie Pope’s backfiring shuffle

After a rain-curtailed day, the focus was on how well English batsmen’s defence could hold up against the rattling and intimidating New Zealand bowling attack. As it turned out, Tim Southee’s fifer combined with Kyle Jamieson’s three-fer restricted the hosts to 275, for a 1st innings lead of 103.
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
featurecricket4 months ago

ENG vs NZ | Lord’s Day 2 Talking Points: Nicholls’ batting dominance and Robinson-Wood stealing thunder

Even when England were chipping away with wickets at the other end, Devon Conway’s innings seemingly never ended before a run-out cut the show short to just 200, taking the visitors to 378. In response, the hosts were rattled by a fine display of seam and swing bowling from the BlackCaps.
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
featurecricket4 months ago

ENG vs NZ | Lord’s Day 1 Talking Points: Devon Conway’s breezy debut and Mark Wood's struggle at home

On Wednesday, we saw three debuts - Devon Conway, Ollie Robinson and James Bracey but it was really Conway and Robinson who made their presence felt on the day one. However, barring Conway’s batting, the English bowlers did make a strong comeback after lunch to crawl things back for the hosts.
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
featurecricket4 months ago

Mentally fearless and technically flawless - Devon Conway is here to stay

When England walked out with two left-handed openers - Tom Latham and Devon Conway - there was no surprise but rather a sense of opportunity for the Three Lions. However, when Conway put his first ball away, they sensed a real danger - as he looked mentally fearless and technically flawless.
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
featurecricket4 months ago

Know your debutant ft. new Three Lion James Bracey

On Wednesday, Gloucestershire’s young James Bracey will step up the mark as England’s newest Three Lion against New Zealand, all because of an unfortunate injury to Ben Foakes. So, ahead of his debut, who is James Bracey, how did he make the cut and what exactly does he bring to the table?
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
featurecricket4 months ago

Time for New Zealand’s ‘ignored superstar’ Henry Nicholls to prove that he belongs

By this time next month, BJ Watling would have hung his boots.
Anirudh Suresh
featurecricket4 months ago

Redemption, Resilience and Reward - how Ollie Robinson broke into the Three Lions setup

County Championship is unrelenting - one bad season and you are left on your own to the wolves but for Ollie Robinson, the Championship was the last ray of hope, having been ousted by Yorkshire in 2014. He had one List A appearance with Hampshire but when he landed in Sussex, he had a big lifeline.
Aakash Sivasubramaniam