England might be seen as one of the weakest teams in World Cricket

England might be seen as one of the weakest teams in World Cricket these days, but, the Black Caps are in no mood to take them lightly.

One of the most premier batsmen of the New Zealand side, Ross Taylor, shied away from admitting yesterday that there could not have been a better time to play a test series against England.

According to Taylor, no matter how poor England’s recent performances might have been, whenever they play in their backyard, it’s very tough to deal with them.

New Zealand has emerged as a force in international Cricket in all formats in the last couple of years.

They have not lost a test series for a long time and in the One Day Internationals too, they have performed well in all conditions.

In the World Cup this year, the Kiwis were probably the most dominating team until the final match where Australia beat them.

But, despite the fact that they could not win the World Cup, New Zealand’s confidence would be reaching sky high with the way they have moved up in the World rankings.

So, there is no doubt that they would run England close in the test series.

But, Taylor is quite correct in pointing out the fact that the conditions in UK make the home team overwhelmingly favourites.

And, apart from that, the ball that is used by the ECB for the home test matches, the duke ball. Read more »

Jonathan Trott says he realized while being in West Indies

Jonathan Trott says he realized while being in West Indies that his time as an international cricketer was up and he needed to make space for somebody else to come in.

After withdrawing himself from the Ashes tour of 2013, Trott came back to the England test side for the West Indies tour and he got to play all the games of the 3-match series there, but, he registered single-digit scores to his name regularly and was almost in a position to be dropped before he himself announced his retirement.

According to Trott, his game in the Caribbean was not at the level where a player’s game needs to be if he is playing at the international level.

In a talk show last week, Trott was quoted as saying, “I opened in West Indies and I felt I was not doing justice to my place in the team.”

“Everybody dreams of a great comeback while being out of action and I was no exception, but, Cricket can be quite cruel at times. However, I didn’t walk away with any regrets. I played for a few years, did some good things for England and those memories would remain with me till I am alive.”

When asked what he thinks of the fact that England has changed the batting order in the middle of the Ashes series and has moved Ian Bell to no. 3, the 34-year old said, “I am in favour of that move. At this point of time, Ian is the best man to be batting at that position for England as he is one of the most experienced players in the squad. Also, the next game is on his home ground where people would be cheering for him from everywhere. So, that’s only going to help. I back him to find form at three.”

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England’s supporters doubting their Ability to win ahead in WC

After England’s surrender to New Zealand the other day, their fans had started doubting their ability to win even against the minnows.

There were talks that another upset by one of the neighbours (Scotland) might be on the cards.

Losing to the neighbours in limited over Cricket has not been an unfamiliar thing for England in the recent past.

In the 2011 World Cup, Ireland had handed them a hammering in Bangalore.

Well, that might not have been literally a hammering, but, still, to let the Irish chase down 300 plus was very, very embarrassing for England.

And, then, in the World T20 Championship last year, it was the Dutch who, on a slow pitch, had got better of the Poms.

A few feared it might be the turn of Scotland this time around, but, that did not happen.

The English players lifted their game just when they needed to do it badly and smacked Scotland today.

There was just no competition between the two teams at Hagley Oval. It was never going to be. England just had to play like England which they did.

The batsmen came to the party, the bowlers followed and it turned out to be a complete show.

This win would have put England in a better mental shape. All the criticism and verbal thrashing that they had had to take for the last few days, they desperately would be looking for a tonic like this. Read more »