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  • At Lords today a number of signings over the next few days and plenty of cricket memorabilia, signed cricket bats, autographs, Australian tour brochures, scorecards, teamsheets etc, following on from the exciting last day at Trent Bridge

    Posted on July 18, 2013 by Selby

    At Lords today a number of signings over the next few days and plenty of cricket memorabilia, signed cricket bats, autographs, Australian tour brochures, scorecards, teamsheets etc, following on from the exciting last day at Trent Bridge. After heroic last-wicket stands in each innings, Australia eventually lost by 14 runs on Sunday. But they will be buoyed by the resilience and resource they showed at the midpoint of a horrible year in which they have been beaten 4-0 in India and failed to advance past the first round of the Champions Trophy. The touring side's cause was hardly advanced with news on Tuesday that their former South African coach Mickey Arthur, who was sacked 16 days before the Trent Bridge Test, had alleged he was the victim of discrimination and was demanding reinstatement or $3.6 million compensation. Despite the narrow margin in Nottingham, England were ultimately deserved winners and James Anderson at the height of his powers produced the decisive deliveries of the game to account for two of his 10 wickets. Anderson removed captain Michael Clarke in the first innings with the perfect delivery, a ball which swung late into the batsman then evaded the outside edge to hit the top of the off-stump. The second key wicket was the final ball of the match which vice-captain Brad Haddin, whose gritty 71 had threatened to snatch victory from England's grasp, edged to Matt Prior. Australia will relish the sun and the surroundings at the home of world cricket. To recover from one-down and regain the Ashes, though, their top-order batting must fire and Usman Khawaja may come in at number three to replace the out-of-form Ed Cowan. "He had a tough game," said new coach Darren Lehmann. "We've told Ed how we want him to play and how we want him to bat. That certainly hasn't changed from when he first came into the side. "He'll be disappointed with the shots. So are we. "We've certainly got to bat better as a top order, that's probably the key. We're going to bowl very well and we know we can control their batters. It's a matter of making more runs." WATSON IN SPOTLIGHT Clarke, who enjoyed a wondrous 2012 with 1,595 runs at an average of precisely 106, failed in both innings after his build-up was hampered by a chronic back ailment. The only other Australian batsman of comparable pedigree is the highly gifted but perennially frustrating Shane Watson who contributed 46 to a second-innings opening partnership of 84. Australia urgently need an innings from Watson of a stature to match his talent and Lord's would be the perfect setting to shrug off the under-achiever's tag. But he will be under even more pressure after it was reported in Australia that Arthur had claimed Clarke had described his former vice-captain as "a cancer" in the side. Another option is to drop a batsman and play five specialist bowlers with off-spinner Nathan Lyon joining Ashton Agar. Agar, who fell two short on his debut of becoming the first number 11 in Test history to make a century, took two for 82 from 35 overs in the second innings with his left-arm orthodox spin. In contrast to Australia's fragile top order, England's key batsmen scored runs at critical times at Trent Bridge. Jonathan Trott contributed 48 to their modest first-innings 215 and captain Alastair Cook (50) laid a solid foundation in the second with Kevin Pietersen (64). The crucial innings came from Ian Bell, whose 109 in more than six hours was perfectly calibrated for a sun-baked pitch demanding intense concentration with its low, slow and sometimes unpredictable bounce. England have named the same 13-man squad for the Test with the final decision again resting between the pacers Steven Finn, Tim Bresnan and Graham Onions. Finn, given the new ball in the first innings, dismissed two of the first three Australian batsmen cheaply on the first day. Thereafter life was more difficult. He took no more wickets, conceded 117 from his 25 overs and was entrusted with only two overs on the final day which went for 25 runs as Haddin decided he was the bowler he could attack. Teams (from): England: Alastair Cook (Capt.), Joe Root, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Jonny Bairstow, Matt Prior, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Steven Finn, James Anderson, Graham Onions. Australia: Michael Clarke (Capt.), Shane Watson, Chris Rogers, Ed Cowan, Usman Khawaja, Phillip Hughes, Steve Smith, Brad Haddin, Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle, James Pattinson.

    Tony Selby,

    times of india,


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  • Australia bite tongues over Broad decision

    Posted on July 13, 2013 by Selby

    Australia are privately fuming but biting hard on their tongues and declining to express any public anger over the reprieve of Stuart Broad after the umpireAleem Dar failed to detect a thick edge to slip from the bowling of Ashton Agar.

    In the second major umpiring controversy in successive days at Trent Bridge, England were only 232 ahead when Broad stood his ground. Australia's players reacted with considerable dismay at the decision, which they could not refer to the third umpire after using up their DRS allocation earlier in the day.

    Broad was still in occupation alongside Ian Bell at the close, by which time the hosts' lead had reached 261. While the players' immediate response on the field was plain, and the coach Darren Lehmann made his displeasure plain on the dressing room balcony, the fast bowler Peter Siddle did his best to avoid critiques of Broad, the umpires or the current protocols for the use of technology, saying only that he had only seen a bigger edge not given out "in the backyard maybe off my brother".

    "How many people have ever walked? Some. That's right, some," Siddle said. "At the end of day it's the umpires' decision. The umpires make the decision and players stick with it. We just went about it. You finish the over and go through to the next over. If you watched out there, there wasn't a big deal made of it. We got stuck in and just kept working to get the wicket.


    'I don't see bowlers asking you back'

    • "The review system was brought in to get rid of the howler, I don't see why umpire Dar couldn't have had someone is his ear saying you've got that one wrong let's just overturn that quickly. This has been a terrific game but I think a lot will be talked about that incident, which is sad." - Michael Vaughan
    • "DRS was brought in to correct obviously wrong decisions and that is how captains should use it. Alastair Cook does just that, he is very sparing with it, and hopefully Michael Clarke does the same after this. To me, it has to be the umpire [fault]. A player is allowed to stand his ground. If Australia had one appeal left, Broad would have walked. The fact there was no referral left, he left it up to the umpire." - Glenn McGrath
    • "The rules say that it's 'in the opinion of the umpire' so it's above things like 'The Spirit of the Game'. I don't see bowlers asking you back when the ball is sliding down leg. There is no debate, it's quite simple. The Australians I have played with and have watched, with the exception of Adam Gilchrist, believe in standing and it's up to the umpire to give you out - there shouldn't be a morale argument. They should be upset, disappointed and angered by the umpires. If they keep making poor decisions, it's up to the ICC to do something about it." -Geoff Boycott
    • "He (Dar) always gets the crucial decisions wrong & always has, that's why he's not a great umpire! We all make mistakes & it's a very tough job being an umpire, but when Dar continually makes crucial mistakes why does he keep getting a gig?" - Shane Warne on Twitter



    "Obviously people are going to be frustrated but it's hard out there for players, for umpires. It's a long day, it's a tough day for people out there. Things are going to happen and we just have to deal with it. That's just a part of the game and spectators have to understand that - that there are times when things like that happen. Obviously it's a long day and it's hard for everyone involved. We can't be blaming anyone."

    Siddle's acceptance of Broad's failure to walk - common practice in professional cricket for a generation and more - was in contrast to howls of outrage on social media sites and from media commentators, many of who judged Broad's behaviour as immoral and unsporting.

    Michael Holding, the former West Indian fast bowler, was one former player who did call for Broad to be banned, contending that his behaviour was comparable to that of the West Indies wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin, who falsely claimed a catch against Pakistan in a Champions Trophy match at The Oval in London last month. Ramdin was banned for two one-day games by the ICC match referee, who happened to be Broad's father, Chris.

    "What Stuart Broad did amounts to the same thing as Ramdin," Holding told Sky TV. "He knew he had hit the ball. The ICC fined Ramdin and suspended him for 'actions that were contrary to the spirit of the game'. What Stuart Broad did is contrary to the spirit of the game. He played the ball and stayed there."

    The day after England sought clarification from the ICC following a Hot Spot operator error that contributed to Jonathan Trott's lbw dismissal, Dar's howler was not referred to technology that would have picked up the mistake because Australia no longer had any recourse to do so. Umpires do have the right to refer some decisions themselves if in doubt, but for now are limited to low catches and bump balls. Dar's refusal of Australia's appeal was as unequivocal as it was mistaken


    "You can't do anything about that," Siddle said of the burned referrals. "You use them because you think you're going to get a result early on and you don't. You can't just hold them and put them in the back pocket and say 'I'm going to get one in the afternoon' and save it for that. You use them when you think there's a chance of getting a wicket and that's what they're there for."

    For their part, England stood by the view that Broad was well within his rights to stand and wait for Dar's decision. It is debatable whether he would have done so had Australia still been able to use a video referral, but his team-mate Kevin Pietersen did not think Broad should have taken any other action in the circumstances.

    "Each and every player who plays for their country, their club side, for their franchise or their county has the opportunity to wait for the decision the umpire makes and you respect the umpire's decision," Pietersen said. "We play hard. We play fair and each individual has the responsibility and makes the judgement if he will wait for the umpire's decision. Aleem Dar is a fantastic umpire and he has been rated one of the best umpires in world cricket over the last few years. Wait and respect his decision."

    Contrary to reports, no apology has been forthcoming from the ICC to the ECB regarding the Trott decision on the second day.

    Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo, George Dobell is senior correspondent

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  • India need to win against the West Indies

    Posted on July 5, 2013 by Selby




    Following two defeats on the run, India need to get organised as they go into a crucial match against the West Indies in the Tri-series  today.

    Cricket Memorabilia has been available throughout the series and a number of Signed cricket bats, autographs, tour material, sports photographs and scorecards are available

    The Champions Trophy winners are under pressure as they found it difficult to come to terms with the changing conditions, if the two-paced Caribbean wickets were not enough to trouble the Indian side, injury to skipper Singh Dhoni has only made the job more difficult for them.

    Friday's contest comes as a huge challenge and test for the leadership quality of Virat Kohli, who is being considered as a future captain of the country.

    Kohli's tactics during the defeat against Sri Lanka proved insufficient and it will be interesting to see how he leads  his team in the pressure match, where a defeat will almost certainly mean the campaign end.
    West Indies are well placed  with nine points, thanks to 2 wins from as many matches while Sri Lanka in second place on 5 points. Both teams have managed to win  bonus points.

    Victory today will keep India  in the competition. Their defeat would send the hosts into the final and from there, India's chances to qualify will be by no means assured.

    First and foremost, India would need a favour from the West Indies that the hosts beat Sri Lanka in their final league match on Sunday and then India will have to beat the Asian neighbours on Tuesday in a certain number of overs to make it to the final
    India's victory on Friday will keep the tournament open as all three teams will have a chance to book a place in the title clash.
    India need Shikhar Dhawan to provide a solid opening along with Rohit Sharma, who is the only one so far from the side to score his half-century.

    The bowlers struggled to find length against Sri Lanka and repeat of the same will be disaster against the high scoring Caribbean side.

    Chris Gayle is always a big threat and his opening partner Johnson Charles has also given a good account of himself. Kieron Pollard in the middle and Darren Sammy in the lower order are also capable of taking the game away from the opposition on their day.

    India may not select Shami Ahmed and could bring back Bhuvaneshwar Kumar. It is also unlikely that Ambati Rayudu will get his debut match in the crucial game.

    For West Indies, captain Dwayne Bravo is likely to return to the side, having missed the India match due to injury.

    Cricket collectables will be attending signings throughout the weekend and look forward to seeing some great sports memorabilia


    India Team

    Virat Kohli (Capt.), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Ambati Rayudu, Murali Vijay, Shami Ahmed and R Vinay Kumar.

    West Indies Team

    Dwayne Bravo (Capt.), Tino Best, Darren Bravo, Johnson Charles, Chris Gayle, Jason Holderm, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Kemar Roach, Darren Sammy, Marlon Samuels, and Devon Smith.



    Tony Selby

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  • Champions Trophy Final at Edgbaston

    Posted on June 27, 2013 by Selby


    India have been the team to beat from the start of the Champions Trophy and at Edgbaston yesterday it came down to the wire, but in the end changeable weather could not deny the young India team, a thoroughly well-deserved and overdue victory.

    India have dominated from the start of the Series , they have been the team to beat. At the end, they remained undefeated.

    The closest India previously got to taking the trophy was a joint win with Sri Lanka in 2002 resulting from similar weather conditions that nearly ruined yesterday’s final.

    Cricket memorabilia has been sought throughout the series and we have an excellent collection of signed cricket bats, autographed scorecards, tour memorabilia and sports autographs.

    In a rain-shortened encounter which saw India having to return to the pavilion 3 times during their innings England lost the match by 5 runs. The hosts having elected to field ended up chasing 129 for victory in a reduced 20 overs. England got off to a poor start, losing Skipper Alastair Cook to Umesh Yadav at the start of the innings. However, middle-order batsmen (Irish Captain) Eoin Morgan and Ian Bell both played a decent innings  bringing England within reach of victory but it wasn’t to be, once they were dismissed byJadega and Sharma respectively the rest of side needed runs fast, the batsmen were contained, and only one more boundary was hit compliments of Stuart Broad.

    The Indian crowd were fantastic and many England fans feel it was this intense atmosphere that gave India the final edge.

    The Ashes due to start another opportunity for cricket collectables from the most prestigious series of all!!

    On the subject of ODI, it will be interesting to see if this actually is the last Champions Trophy in its current format.

    Tony Selby

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  • India Cricket Collectables

    Posted on June 24, 2013 by Selby

    • Friday,

    India are playing well at the moment which means something special from England is needed to win the Champions Trophy.
    Cricket Memorabilia associated with the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy is readily available and at  Cricket Collectables we have signed cricket bats, autographs and tour memorabilia from the series.
    India's performance in fifty over cricket is clearly above the other 7 competing nations, they remain the only unbeaten side in the tournament, endorsing this yesterday at Cardiff in the semi-final with an easy eight-wicket victory over Sri Lanka.
    India easily achieved the modest target of 182 runs with the loss of 2 wickets and still 90 balls to spare against Sri Lanka.Dhawan and Rohit Sharma put on an excellent 77 run stand. Mathews dismissed Rohit Sharma but Dhawan notched up his 2nd fifty to add to his run rate in the competition. Kohli also played well scoring his 23rd one day international half century.
    India are back in the finals for the 3rd time, and as I suggested earlier if England are to win the cup they will need to play their best game, they play well under pressure so this may be what they need.
    A great season for cricket memorabilia
    Tony Selby

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  • Cricket Memorabilia ICC Championship Trophy

    Posted on June 14, 2013 by Selby

    The Group A England v Sri Lanka was best forgotten and hopefully England can have more control of the remainder of the series.

    Cricket Memorabilia is now available from the Kennington Oval contest with signed collectables from Joe Root and match winning scorer Sangakkara prevalent, however most fans seemed more interested in the off field activities of David Warner. Amongst interesting items is a signed cricket bat, cricket autographs and signed scorecards.

    Stumper and Man of the match Sangakkara added to his 33 Test and 15 international centuries, with an unbeaten 134 runs not out, which no doubt inspired Sri Lanka to their seven-wicket win.

    Umpire Aleem Dar’ (Pak) decision to change the ball at a time when the hosts were beginning to use some reverse swing in my opinion added to an easy victory for Sri Lanka. Had the ball not been deemed as “out of shape the normal ODI rule of two new balls per innings would have applied.

    The new ODI rules are now in force and I like the introduction of the two new ball ruling, which used alternately give the bowlers 20 overs with the new ball however this is not really helping the spinner’s introduction early in the innings. Field restriction areas during and outside of Powerplay overs seem to be as confusing for the Captain and spectator as ever, to get it wrong within the 30 yard circle can prove costly.

    Let’s hope England are back for form for the 11th match Group A against New Zealand at Cardiff on Sunday another opportunity for some excellent Kiwi Cricket Collectables.

    Tony Selby

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  • England v New Zealand at the Ageas Bowl

    Posted on June 3, 2013 by Selby

    With the Champions Trophy only around the corner a seriously depleted England side were defeated in the ODI Series, by the Black Caps yesterday for the second time in three days. Without their two front line bowlers Stuart Broad and Steve Finn, England went down by 86 runs leaving the Tourists Series winners with one match left to play.

    Cricket Memorabilia and signings have taken place over the latter part of May resulting in several signed cricket bats, plenty of cricket autographs signed scorecards and other collectables.

    Hopefully England can find form in time for Champions Trophy starting this week as to do well here would be a boost going into the Test with Australia starting a Trent Bridge on July 10

    I must say the odds PP are offering on Australia at Nottingham look a very attractive 3/1

    The Champions Trophy warm up’s have been underway at Birmingham since last Thursday,  on  Saturday  India v Sri Lanka, India played well and could be emerging as contenders for the title. However it is much too early to draw conclusions, this match was not a formal ODI, the teams had agreed to play fifteen aside and Sri Lanka looked as though they were conserving their batsman for the real thing.

    Cricket memorabilia is very popular when associated with the Champions Trophy and has a fan base almost as popular as the Sheffield Shield in Australia.

    With the first match, group B, is due to start on 6 June at Cardiff India v S Africa, England (group A kick off against Australia at Edgbaston on Sat the 8th, so let’s hope that England can put this skirmish with Kiwis  behind them and concentrate on this last (in this format) Champions Trophy.

    With no previous win in a major 50 over international and coming straight from their

    2 -0 defeat by New Zealand a lot of pressure will be on Eoin Morgan who is replacing match winning (on occasions)  batsman Kevin Peterson.

    Incidentally we have an excellent International signed cricket bat which has just come in see the link.

    Tony Selby

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  • England v New Zealand Signed Cricket Bats

    Posted on May 29, 2013 by Selby

    Alastair Cook on scoring his 25th century for England took the long way round to achieve a 247 run victory yesterday at Headingley, I would have preferred him to have pulled out with 340 runs on the score board, not having to worry too much about unsettled weather and the draw, anyway it was good to see England seal the series 2-0 following an excellent 170 run victory at Lords.

    Cricket Memorabilia is available from the series including signed cricket bats, autographs, score cards and signed tour paraphernalia .

    With just six weeks to finalise their line up to play Australia the selectors must be delighted with the return to form of Graeme Swann and Steve Finn however they will be concerned about  opener Nick Compton’s form, Compton has scored only 54 runs in 6 innings he has time to mitigate this when he  plays two important matches, Somerset v Glamorgan on June 2nd in the Yorkshire Bank 40 and Somerset v Australia starting on June 26.

    The first Test against Australia at Trent Bridge begins on 10 July there is sure to be plenty of Cricket memorabilia available from the event, an England win would make 2013 a great year for collectables.

    Tony Selby

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  • Signed Cricket Bats - The Women's Ashes Series

    Posted on May 22, 2013 by Selby






     Signed cricket bats direct from the Women's Ashes Series

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  • Cricket Autographs England v New Zealand Test Series

    Posted on May 20, 2013 by Selby

    Cricket Autographs and Memorabilia were high on the list for many fans attending the 1st Test at Lords yesterday.

    Stuart Broad supported by James Anderson devastated the Tourist batting as they were dismissed for a mere 68 runs in their 2nd innings with England securing their first Test victory of the season on a 170 run lead.

    Only two Kiwi players - Neil Wagner and BJ Watling - made double figures as New Zealand claimed tenth position for the lowest scoring in a Test at Lords.

    Tim Southee,  6 wicket for 50 runs should have left the Kiwis in good standing, but this was enough to fire Stuart Broad into action,  claiming 5 wickets from 35 deliveries before lunch making  up for his disappointing tour of India during the winter.

    Stuart Broad’s final tally 7/44 was reminiscent of his fine bowling against the West Indies also at Lords (7/72) in May 2012, on that occasion Anderson was also prevalent dismissing number 2 &3 Powell and Edwards.

    Stuart Broad cricket memorabilia was particularly sought after as you would imagine.

    The 2nd Investec Test is at Headingley on Friday 24 May not to be missed with the momentum England now have, it might be worth a punt.

    Tony Selby

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