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  • Eoin Morgan has admitted his team were “outskilled” by a rampant New Zealand side

    Posted on February 21, 2015 by Selby

    Eoin Morgan has admitted his team were “outskilled” by a rampant New Zealand side, as they were beaten by eight wickets in Wellington, their second big World Cup defeat after that by Australia a week ago.

    But he denied that there will be panic changes when England meet Scotland in Christchurch on Monday. Bowled out for 123, their third lowest total in 11 World Cups, Tim Southee taking seven for 33, they were further humiliated by Brendon McCullum, who backed up his outstanding captaincy by hitting 77 from 25 balls, with eight fours and seven sixes, as the Black Caps won with the first power play barely done and a remarkable 226 balls to spare.

    “I have disappointment more than anything,” Morgan said after the match. “Credit has to be given to New Zealand for the way they bowled and fielded.

    “But when we are not doing our basics well we are being exposed by good teams and we have seen that here. We are not doing our basics right and we are not reproducing what we practise. These first two games, against Australia and New Zealand, we knew would be difficult playing against two of the favourites in their home conditions.

    “We envisaged or foresaw a future of having lost our first two games but not by these amounts. We can still make the quarter-finals but the sooner we start winning and getting momentum the better. In the first game against Australia we were under par and I could see us being tentative but here we were outskilled.”

    Morgan admitted that his decision to bat first having won the toss was a big contributory factor, allowing Southee to swing the ball throughout the innings in a masterful display that included a spell of five for 10 in 19 balls.

    “With hindsight I wouldn’t have batted first if I had known it would swing for that long,” he said. “There was not a cloud in the sky and it had not rained here for a while. If it looked like it was going to swing, obviously I would have had no hesitation in bowling first because that is our biggest strength.

    “It is the best bowling performance we have come across since we’ve been down this side of the world which says a lot considering we have played against Australia. Today we could not cope with it. The ball swung late and they exposed us. It looked really difficult and, when Southee can turn over guys like Ian Bell in the fashion he did, then credit to him.”

    The team will now fly down to Christchurch and it will be a ruminative journey. Morgan likes to back his players but there will be cause for some serious thoughts before taking on a Scotland team that gave the same New Zealand side more of a run for its money.

    “My gut instinct is I don’t want to go into a state of panic where we make three or four changes for one game,” added Morgan. “That is not what I am about. I have always believed in making good decisions and backing the right players at the right time. The XI we had playing today were the best I believed we had to win the game.

    “If conditions change in Christchurch, then we will plan accordingly but just because we were out performed today does not necessarily mean we will be binning anybody. The boys are quiet at the moment as they naturally will be. Guys are very disappointed and over the next day or so they will look at themselves individually and see what they can improve.

    “Collectively we are going to have to get tighter as a group and produce the collective performances we have been searching for. Instead of producing individual performances we need to produce team performances.”


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  • A Great Britain rowing? international cap, early 20th century, possibly Olympic 1908 related, in cream cloth, by George Kenning & son of London, with silkwork Union Jack and red tassel, sold together with another cream cloth cap from a similar period bearing a rowing motif, named in ink on lining R.H. Ince

    Posted on February 21, 2015 by Selby

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  • Edgar 'Eddie' John Barlow. Transvaal, Derbyshire & South Africa 1959-1982. World Series cricket cap worn by Barlow whilst playing for the 'World' Team 1977-1979. Light blue cap, by Albion, with World Series emblem to front. 'E.B.' handwritten to inner label. Some wear and staining otherwise in good condition. A rare cap. Previously sold by Bonhams as part of the 'Eddie Barlow' collection

    Posted on February 21, 2015 by Selby

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  • Posted on February 11, 2015 by Selby

    Tony Selby

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     Cricket World Cup 2015: Australia and NZ finally get chance to host a major ICC event

    The Sydney Morning Herald
    Since 1992, five World Cups, five World Twenty20 championships and seven Champions Trophies have all been staged, but Australia hasn't hosted a single one.

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  • Cricket memorabilia for the Tri series final at Perth

    Posted on February 1, 2015 by Selby

    Glenn Maxwell all but made his maiden  (ODI) century whilst batting in the Tri-series final against the Aussies at the WACA, Perth. Maxwell took the crease when Australia were 3 wickets down and batted  well  making 95 runs and helping Australia to get back into the game.   He played a number of great shots including several  well executed reverse-sweeps supported by Mitchell March. England won the toss and elected to bat, Australia finishing on 278/8, winning by 112 runs

    Cricket memorabilia is available for the Tri - series and will be very popular, especially signed cricket bats and England signed tour brochures, itineraries and team sheets

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  • Youthful England finding the right balance

    Posted on January 31, 2015 by Selby

    It would be unfair to contrast the last days of Andy Flower's period as coach with the relatively early days of Peter Moores second stint. There was a time, under Flower, when England harnessed enjoyment and excellence to play some of the best cricket in their history. His reputation is justifiably high.

    Moores, in partnership with his avuncular assistant Paul Farbrace, has revived England. He has identified players - characters as much as cricketers - who he feels can lead the rebuilding. Players with no baggage from the past and no agenda for the future other than to play to the best of their ability. The shoots of recovery are fragile at present but in Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali and Jos Buttler and James Taylor England should have the nucleus of a side that can serve them not just at this World Cup but at the next, as well.There are parallels here with Moores' first period as England coach. Even in that largely discredited reign, he made key decisions that laid the platform for some of the success enjoyed later by Flower and co. It was, after all, Moores who made the decision to entrust James Anderson and Stuart Broad with the new ball; Moores who recalled Matt Prior; Moores who backed Swann. Whatever his failings - and he would be the first to admit he is a wiser man now - he was always a decent judge of a player.

    Whatever happens on Sunday, everyone in the England squad will have four days off following the match. There will be no training, no sponsorship engagements and no media opportunities.

    Instead the squad, many of whom have their partners here, will be encouraged to explore this fine country. To embrace the beaches and breweries; the valleys and vineyards; the creeks and the cafes. Moores understands that, however good the dressing rooms and hotels, they become prisons if inhabited for 300 days a year.

    It is unthinkable that Flower would have allowed his team such freedom. And perhaps, because of that, it became unthinkable that they would play free and fearless cricket. Whether they were jaded or fearful of the reaction a dismissal might provoke, they became a team adept at playing the percentages. It was enough to take them to the brink of the Champions Trophy, but such a team has never won a World Cup.

    A team that lives on the road as much as England needs to enjoy the journey. It needs to offer an environment which is relaxed but intense, personally ambitious but selflessly supportive, fearless but focused. Moores has gone a long way towards creating that environment in the last few months.

    Pietersen's memorable description of Moores as "the woodpecker" - a maddening presence whose constant intrusion upon the players became an impediment - may have been true in 2007. But there is no evidence to support it now.

    It does not matter hugely who wins this match. While it is a final in theory, it is the coda that became the overture. England will take confidence simply from reaching it and both sides will know that conditions in Perth bear little comparison to conditions in Melbourne, where they meet again on February 14. All the pressure is on Australia.

    In a perfect world, England would like to see Ravi Bopara contribute a little more and Stuart Broad continue to improve following his comeback. But with runs from Taylor, Buttler, Eoin Morgan and Ian Bell, with good spells from Woakes, Anderson, Moeen and Steven Finn, they have probably already gained more from this tri-series event than they could have expected. They're improving.

    There is a concern about the pitch, though. Facing Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell Starc on the same surface upon which Axar Patel, the left-arm spinner, saw his deliveries spit to head height, is not just challenging, it is potentially dangerous. Nobody wants to see a player ruled out of the World Cup with a broken finger.

    The groundstaff have worked hard since the end of Friday's match to improve the surface. The floodlights stayed on past midnight as the pitch has been rolled endlessly from every angle. But those cracks are a worry and add just a hint of chance to an encounter that should be decided on merit.


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    Posted on January 27, 2015 by Selby

    The ICC Cricket World Cup Final is the biggest stage there is and these are the performances that have become cricket folklore, proved the difference between ecstasy and agony, and given these legends a prominent place in cricketing history

    TOP 10: Cricket World Cup Final Performances - Cricket News

    MS Dhoni, who started in sedate fashion, smashed a six to seal the championship as India broke a 28-year World Cup drought in 2011.
    This week, we take a look at the 10 men who have been named Man of the Match in a World Cup final. Who will be turning this 10 into XI in two months’ time at the MCG? Join the conversation using #cwc15 and let us know.1975: Clive Lloyd, West Indies (102 runs) 
    It was the first World Cup and the one-day format was a relatively new concept.
    The World’s two strongest teams – West Indies and Australia – advanced to the final, with West Indies starting the favourite having beaten Australia by seven wickets during the group stage.
    Sent in to bat, West Indies were soon struggling at 50 for 3.

    Clive Lloyd changed that.

    Lloyd gave an exhibition of explosive hitting, scoring 102 runs in a knock that included 12 fours and two sixes, helping set Australia a target of 292. Most impressively it was scored at a staggering rate for the time, off just 85 balls to change the course of the final.
    Australia fell 18 runs short from the target, handing West Indies the inaugural World Cup. 1979: Viv Richards, West Indies (138*)

    In the second Cricket World Cup final, defending champions West Indies were up against England at Lord’s.

    England won the toss and sent West Indies into bat. Disaster quickly struck for the defending champions, who lost the wickets of Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes, Alvin Kallicharan and Clive Lloyd to be in serious trouble at 4-99.

    That was before Viv Richards steadied the ship, scoring 138 from 157 balls and combining with Collis King (86 runs) to help their team to an imposing total of 286.

    England started well in reply but it all fell apart for the host nation when they lost 8-11, losing by 92 runs.
    1983: Mohinder Amarnath, India (3-12 and 26 runs)

    West Indies were aiming for a third consecutive Cricket World Cup when they took on India at Lord’s.

    Sent in to bat, India struggled against the powerful West Indies bowling attack and were dismissed for 183, with only Mohinder Amarnath (26) and Kris Srikkanth (38) in the runs.

    West Indies looked destined for victory, but the game turned on its head when the India bowling attack took advantage of the pitch and weather conditions to tear through the defending champion’s batsmen, dismissing them for 140.

    Amarnath (3-12) and Madan Lal (3–31) each took three wickets, with the former’s combined performance with both bat and ball earning him the man-of-the-match title.

    1987: David Boon, Australia (75 runs)
    More than 70,000 people packed into Eden Gardens for the final of the 1987 World Cup. India had been knocked out of the tournament by England in the semi-final a few days earlier and as a result, the crowd was heartily backing Australia in the big dance.

    David Boon had headed into the match in good form having scored 372 runs in seven matches prior to the final.
    Opening the batting alongside Geoff Marsh, Boon scored 75 runs and combined in two significant partnerships with Marsh and Dean Jones to set the tone for the Australian innings.

    Australia finished at 5-253 and England, despite a good start, was unable to reach the total, finishing seven runs short.

    1992: Wasim Akram, Pakistan (33 and 3-49)
    England hoped to make up for the heartbreak of losing the 1987 final when they met Pakistan at the MCG in 1992.
    They also headed in favourites, having bowled Pakistan out for 74 earlier in the tournament.

    The final started in a similar fashion when Derek Pringle dismissed both Pakistani openers at 24, but Pakistan recovered to score 6-249 and Khan top-scored with 72.

    Javed Miandad scored 58, while Inzamam-ul-Haq (42) and Wasim Akram (33) also chipped in.

    Ian Botham was then dismissed for a duck by Wasim Akram, who also snared two other wickets as England was dismissed for 227.

    Akram finished with 3-49 and was rightly named man of the match.
    1996: Aravinda de Silva, Sri Lanka (107* and 3-42)

    For the first time, the World Cup final was placed at Gaddafi Stadium in Pakistan and more than 62,000 people turned out to watch Sri Lanka play favourites Australia.

    Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga won the toss and sent Australia in to bat.

    Captain Mark Taylor and Ricky Ponting ensured a solid start for the Aussies, but the 1987 champions fell apart when the pair was dismissed, falling to 5–170.

    Australia finished with 7–241 and Sri Lanka looked in trouble early after losing both openers.

    That was before Aravinda De Silva changed everything as he scored a match-winning 107*, supported by Asanka Gurusingha (65) and Ranatunga (47 not out), as Sri Lanka won by seven wickets.

     1999: Shane Warne, Australia (4-33)

    The World Cup final returned to Lord’s in 1999 and Australia was aiming to make amends for 1996 when they played Pakistan.

    Pakistan won the toss and batted but that was as good as the news got for them that day. No batsman scored above 25 as Pakistan was dismissed for 132, with Shane Warne capturing a match-winning 4-33.

    Australia’s top order saw them team over the line in 20.1 overs, with Adam Gilchrist top scoring with 54.

    2003: Ricky Ponting (140*)
    A second-straight World Cup title was on the line when Australia met India at Wanderers Stadium in 2003.

    India sent Australia in to bat and the defending champions got off to a flying start, with Adam Gilchrist scoring 57 from 48 balls.

    Captain Ricky Ponting was the standout, with 140 from 121 balls, and Damien Martyn (88) provided valuable support as Australia scored a massive 359.

    India's run chase faltered in the first over when Sachin Tendulkar was caught out, and they never recovered, bowled out for 234, giving Australia an emphatic 125-run victory.

     2007: Adam Gilchrist (149 runs)

    It was 2007, the scene was Barbados, and Australia were aiming to win their third straight World Cup.

    Rain shortened the match to 38 overs per side and batting first Australia needed a strong start from openers Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden.

    The two batting legends provided, with Gilchrist smashing a memorable 149 off 104 balls in a 172-run partnership.
    Gilchrist took just 72 balls to reach his century and Australia finished on 4-281.

    That target was reduced to 269 off 36 overs after further rain, but Sri Lanka was unable to chase down the Australian score, finishing on 8-215 to hand Australia a 53-run win and a third-successive World Cup trophy.

    Gilchrist’s knock rightly went down as one of the best of his 287-match ODI career.
    2011: MS Dhoni (91*)

    India went into the 2011 final looking to break a 28-year World Cup draught, while Sri Lanka hoped to make amends for losing the 2007 final.In front of a packed Wankhede Stadium with billions watching, Sri Lanka had the better start, winning the toss and batting.

    Sri Lanka scored 6-274 thanks to a century from Mahela Jayawardene and when India opener Virender Sehwag fell for a duck, India appeared to be in trouble.

    Their position was not much better at 4-113 after Virat Kohli was caught, but that was before a determined MS Dhoni strode to the crease.

    The skipper started in a sedate fashion, without a boundary in his first 10 overs at the crease, but stepped up when the equation become 27 runs required from 24 balls.

    Three Dhoni boundaries slashed the deficit to five runs from 12 balls and in a fairy-tale finish, the captain smashed a six to seal the championship.





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  • ICC World Cup 2015: Scotland name 15-member team

    Posted on January 9, 2015 by Selby


    Dubai: Jan 9, 2015

    Scotland’s selectors on Friday named their final squad of 15 players for the ICC World Cup 2015 in New Zealand and Australia in what will be the country’s third appearance at the global showpiece.

    Preston Mommsen will skipper the team which has been drawn in Group A at the tournament. Scotland open their campaign on February 17 against co-hosts New Zealand in Dunedin before going on to face England, Australia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

    “It is great to announce our squad for the Cricket World Cup, and it is a fantastic achievement for the players to be named in the final 15,” said Scotland coach Grant Bradburn from Dubai where the squad is playing in a warm-up tournament against Afghanistan and Ireland.

    “They have all worked hard over a long period of time, as they continue to do out here in Dubai during the current tri-series. There is so much natural ability in this squad and we go to the World Cup aiming to do what no other squad has done before and win games of cricket.”

    Scotland squad for ICC World Cup 2015: Preston Mommsen (c), Kyle Coetzer, Richie Berrington, Frederick Coleman, Matthew Cross, Joshua Davey, Alasdair Evans, Hamish Gardiner, Majid Haq, Michael Leask, Matt Machan, Calum MacLeod, Safyaan Sharif, Robert Taylor, Iain Wardlaw.

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  • India win hearts in 4th Test against Australia

    Posted on January 9, 2015 by Selby


    Virat Kohli led India's unadulterated celebrations once again after the dismissal of David Warner © Getty Images

    Virat Kohli led India’s unadulterated celebrations once again after the dismissal of David Warner © Getty Images

    India has challenged Australia’s authority in emphatic manner in the ongoing fourth Test at Sydney. While there are innumerable issues surrounding the young team under Virat Kohli, there are many aspects for their fans to cheer about as well. Keeping aside the negatives, Devarchit Varma highlights why this young brigade wins the hearts.

    There is always something special about young talent that blesses our beloved game of cricket. Some will announce their arrival in style — like Steven Smith and Virat Kohli smashing almost all records as young captains and key batsmen in their respective sides. There will be bundle of nerves in say, KL Rahul, who will play uncharacteristic strokes and even drop catches, adding more to pressure they are already in. And then there will be characters like Joe Burns as well, of whom the world would not know much. They will silently go on for a couple of days in international cricket and suddenly explode with a blistering knock of 39-ball 66, smashing eight fours and three sixes on the way.

    At times, cricket turns out to be a very interesting game when there is a mix of experience and raw talent in a team. But it turns even more funny and interesting when there are just bunch of newcomers on the cricket pitch, running awkwardly yet successfully between the wickets, dropping catches and throwing the ball to teammates in complete frustration. But the most significant difference one gets to see on the field is the energy, the enthusiasm they bring in, their expressions while celebrating wickets, as well as the reactions while ruing failures.

    As the fourth Test seemingly headed towards a tame draw, the young Team India under its vibrant captain turned tables on Australia. Despite conceding a huge 97-run lead, Kohli and his men came out all guns blazing; they started attacking right from the first ball, set attacking fields, deployed Ravichandran Ashwin in the second over and reaped results for being brave.

    Australia might have planned to add quick runs with an in-form David Warner at the crease, but Indians not only got rid of him early but also gave a send-off. It was not necessary, because India was under pressure and not Warner and Australia. But with Warner’s wicket the close-in fielders exploded in raw, unadulterated enthusiasm, blended with a strong urge to succeed, riding on the undying spirit that no matter how much they are battered, the Indians will continue to come back hard.

    These days it is extremely hard to know what happens inside an international cricket team’s dressing room. But after the draw in the Melbourne Test, team director Ravi Shastri spoke about the team’s spirit and their mindset — something which could be the most important aspect of a side. Some may not have completely understood the message Shastri gave, but in just a few hours of the fourth day’s play at Sydney, this young Team India proved what spirit they have and how profoundly resilient they are.

    Kohli’s India wants to win. Kohli’s India was aggressive at the Adelaide Oval and it will be aggressive on the fifth day of the final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). Remember, for these young Indians, it has been an arduous journey in four Tests away from home, right before they go on to defend something they held so closely to their hearts — the World Cup. But they will not get bogged down, they will not be pressurised with any amount of runs Australians score, and they will not be scared with the battery of pacers Australia have in their ranks. They will come out fighting every single day, and this is precisely the reason why Steven Smith is not likely to declare before Australia take their lead past 400 on final day. An overnight declaration could actually be risky — India can also get into limited-overs mode and knock off the set target.

    Mitchell Starc is a young man with tremendous promise. He is among the huge pool of talented pacers Australia has produced in recent years, and there is certainly a very healthy competition among them. He has a well-known public life as well: he dates Alyssa Healy, the niece of Ian Healy. Without anyone saying, he certainly has a lot of pressure on him; he cannot afford failures for many reasons.

    Here, he would not like to be rattled by Shane Warne, who has a history of destroying the strongest of mindsets (remember the Alastair Cook incident?). Now, was Starc wrong in giving a send-off to Murali Vijay after dismissing the in-form batsman early? Was he not trying to make a statement that he is not ‘soft’?

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  • A reply to recent comments by Sir Ian Botham regards the England Skipper

    Posted on January 3, 2015 by Selby

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    Cricket Collectables think that there is a little more to consider about Alistair Cook

    Those in the know were saying that the tall, dark and handsome Alastair Cook was destined for great things very early on, and on the Ashes tour of 2010-11, he came good on a host of promises, scoring an incredible 766 runs in seven innings to anchor England's first series win in Australia for 24 years. In so doing, he went past 5,000 Test runs, having turned 26 on Christmas Day - the second youngest batsman to reach the landmark after Sachin Tendulkar. Two years later and further records had been broken as he became England's leading Test century-maker - hitting No. 23 against India in Kolkata, his third in three matches - and became the youngest player to pass 7000 runs.

    It had seemed inevitable, from the moment he scored a hundred on debut against India in 2006, that he would have a prolific career and captain his country. The leadership came firstly when Andrew Strauss was rested for the Bangladesh tour in 2010, then the ODI side in 2010 before he took full control of the Test team in 2012 after Strauss retirement. It was a challenge that could have broken lesser men; an away trip to India and the ongoing Kevin Pietersen saga. It turned into a triumph as England won the Test series 2-1 and Pietersen returned to the side to play a key role.

    A correct and stylish left-hander strong on the pull, Cook was thrown in at the deep end by Essex the year after he left Bedford School with a fistful of batting records, and has barely looked back since. His early England career was full of successes, although a barren spell in 2010 briefly threatened his place before a century against Pakistan at The Oval - a rather more frenetic affair than Cook's usual knocks - transformed him in time for the Ashes. Up until that point, he had looked increasingly vulnerable outside off stump, with a tendency to play around the front pad proving costly. Cook had already lost his one-day place after a moderate run, not helped by his fielding sometimes being less than scintillating.

    He captained England in the Under-19 World Cup early in 2004, scored his maiden first-class hundred later that year, and added a double-century for Essex against the Australian tourists in 2005. The following spring he was called up by the full England side when injuries struck in India. He had been in the Caribbean with the A team when the SOS came but, unfazed, stroked 60 and a magnificent century to complete a memorable debut in Nagpur. He remained consistent, seemingly at ease with the pressure, and was a shoo-in for the 2006-07 Ashes. Before that series even started Glenn McGrath paid him the honour of publicly announcing that he would be targeting Cook: it made for a tough baptism, but although he was hardly prolific (276 runs) he did manage a century in Perth.

    Bowlers began to exploit that penchant for hanging on the front foot, but Cook still made his share of runs. By the time of his 25th birthday on Christmas Day 2009 he had scored far more runs (3536 to David Gower's 2548) and centuries (nine to Ian Botham's six) than any other Englishman of a comparable age. He hit three more Test hundreds in 2009 - but none of them were in the Ashes series, in which 95 at Lord's was his only score above 32 as the Aussies probed that front-pad problem.

    However, further honours were just around the corner. Strauss took time off at the start of 2010, and Cook captained in Bangladesh, scoring centuries as both Tests were won. It was the prelude to the great feats in Australia to come and the evolution continued in May 2011 when he was named as Strauss' successor in the one-day captaincy. Little more than a year later, after Strauss' abrupt retirement, the Test role followed, with a demanding tour of India his first assignment. It was another challenge he ticked off.

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