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  • Betting on the Ashes series comes down to separating fact from fiction - these are the facts

    Posted on August 19, 2015 by Selby

    "We can wonder all we like about the mindset of each team but we don't know for sure. So we stick to what we absolutely know to be true and bet accordingly. Can we all agree that we know, for sure, Australia have been the poorer side in this series?

    Rain forecast back the draw, can't see England this match now!!!

                                  England v Australia
                          Start time: 11:00
    TV: live on Sky Sports
    EnglandUPDATE: Anderson is definitely out.

    The hangover has passed but England are left with a headache of a different nature: one of the selection variety. Does James Anderson return? Do they risk Mark Wood? And what about including Adil Rashid to play two spinners?

    Anderson has made good progress from the side strain which kept him out of the Trent Bridge Test but there will be some nervousness about picking him too soon for a meaningless game. There is a threat he could break down halfway through the match.

    Wood, who is likely to miss out if Anderson is risked, may need ankle surgery. He has needed pills and cortisone injections to keep going. Liam Plunkett is another pace option.

    The intriguing pick would be Rashid. With England's next Test tour in the UAE, he needs game time. But the last occasion England came to The Oval for a dead rubber they picked Simon Kerrigan, a surprise choice which didn't pay off.

    That was an insight into an experimental mindset. Punters will not feel kindly disposed towards them if they take this Test as lightly.
    Australia

    Australia are preparing for the demolition before rebuilding. Michael Clarke, the captain, and Chris Rogers are definitely playing their last Test while we might also have seen the last of Adam Voges, Shane Watson and Peter Siddle.

    Brad Haddin, the wicketkeeper, has already left the tour and in another sign of a team in transition David Warner has been appointed as vice-captain to Steve Smith, Clarke's successor.

    Despite the winds of change Australia are still playing shoddy cricket. At Northampton in a warm-up they were reduced to 180 for eight. Thanks to a half-century from Pat Cummins, the bowler, they earned respectability. But the batting is still failing.

    Cummins could get the nod ahead of Mitchell Starc or Josh Hazlewood. There is also the possibility that Fawad Ahmed plays as the second spinner.
    First-innings runs

    The first-innings average at The Oval in the last ten Tests is 356. That bolsters the view that strip is good for batting but it is not always so batsman-friendly.

    Australia will be discomfited to note that sides have been shot out as the ball has swung; India for 148 last year, England for 233 v Pakistan in 2010, South Africa for 194 in 2008 and England for 173 against Pakistan in 2006.

    In 2009, Australia were bowled out for 160 in reply to England's 332 and it was that familiar foeStuart Broad who did the damage. Runs are not guaranteed. Indeed, backing 350 or more would have cost you five times in the last ten first digs. Crazy when you consider the odds would have been sub 1.50.

    In the Championship this season the first-innings scores read: 336-448-448-292-340. Three of the five games produced results.
    Match odds

    England are 2.50, Australia are 2.66 and the draw is 4.40. The big question, though, is: will these sides be trying their utmost? We try to answer that here but even if both sides struggle to fire 100%, it is hard to argue that England are not a decent pick.

    If they bat first they have the chance to take command and demoralise Australia further. If they bowl first Australia's batting and confidence is shaky enough that the hosts will fancy rolling themin similar fashion to the humiliation at Trent Bridge.

    Betting - on anything - comes down to separating fact from fiction. We can wonder all we like about the mindset of each team but we don't know for sure. So we stick to what we absolutely know to be true and bet accordingly. That might be a good batting wicket. Or a toss bias (there isn't one here in the last ten years, by the way).

    Can we all agree that we know, for sure, Australia have been the poorer side in this series? Yes? Okay then. England it is.
    Top England runscorer

    Joe Root averages 114 in two Tests at The Oval. He is 4.10. Alastair Cook, who averages 47, is5.30. Ian Bell, who you get the feeling is in line with a good score given the probable pitch and the series situation, is 6.20.
    Top Australia runscorer

    Smith whacked a ton on his last visit and the pitch should suit him. He is 4.70. Warner, too, should fancy himself for runs at 5.30. Rogers, who averages 82 in first-class cricket at The Oval and has a double ton to his name, is 5.20. Clarke is 7.00.


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  • Cricket Memorabilia from the final test at the Kia Oval

    Posted on August 16, 2015 by Selby

    This years cricket both County and Test has seen plenty of action and now England play Australia in the final test at the Kia Oval starting as usual on Thursday

    The Oval is always a great venue for collecting Cricket Memorabilia with both enthusiasts and players meeting for the final match of what has been England's series.  There are some good packages available to wine and dine in the best hospitality facilities, top seating and views of the match

    Cricket Collectables will be at the ground (Montpelier club) as usual for what I think may only require 3 days and we have arranged a number of signings for the final day, which should see the Hosts put on another convincing display. Tour Memorabilia, Signed cricket bats, scorecards, and other paraphernalia associated with this series will be on sale from the end of August, England Memorabilia will be in demand if they make the series  4-1

    Surprisingly both team are at 11/8 to win with 3/1 the draw, what call probably England with an innings to spare!!!

     


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  • Shane Warne believes that the way England loss the second Ashes Test should be a concern for the players and fans

    Posted on July 22, 2015 by Selby

    Shane Warne believes that the way England loss the second Ashes Test should be a concern for the players and fans

    Plenty of England’s players are under the microscope after the team’s capitulation in the second Ashes Test at Lord’s.

    This did not stop a number of Cricket Memorabilia signings which took place over the 4 days, most popular were signed cricket bats, Aussie scorecards and tour items

    Adam Lyth, Gary Ballance and Ian Bell’s positions have come into question with the trio scoring a combined 56 runs at the Home of Cricket as England sunk to an emphatic loss inside four days.

    But are changes needed ahead of the third Test at Edgbaston from July 29? Sir Ian Botham and Shane Warne joined Ian Ward at the SkyCart to reveal what sides they would pick in Birmingham.

    Beefy was adamant that Joe Root should be moved up to No 3: “Root is continually getting left with nine, 10, jack and I think he should step up to give Australia something to think about. The best players bat at three, think of Sir Viv Richards, Ricky Ponting, Javed Miandad."

    Warne, however, believes senior player Bell should come in at the fall of the first wicket, while he also revealed why he would pick spinner Adil Rashid in place of the out-of-sorts Ballance.

    Watch Beefy and Warne pick their Edgbaston teams in the video link below and then let us know what side you would pick either via the feedback form below- tony@cricketcollectables.net or via Twitter

    Come and join Cricket Collectables at Edbaston on Saturday the first!!

    Pick your team 

     

    Tony Selby


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  • David Boon holds the Australian drinking record

    Posted on June 27, 2015 by Selby

    MARSH GETS TROLLEYED

     

     

    Getty17 Sep 1999: David Boon of Durham
    17 Sep 1999: David Boon of Durham

     

    It’s common knowledge that David Boon holds the Australian drinking record for a Sydney-to-London Ashes flight with a walrus moustache-soaking 52 cans of beer. What isn’t that well known is how Rod Marsh’s assault on the record ended a few years earlier. The wicket-keeper knocked back 45 cans but, unlike Boon who strolled off the plane seemingly as sober as the pilot, Marsh was comatose. So comatose that team-mates Dennis Lillee and Graeme Wood loaded him on to a luggage trolley and wheeled him through customs - the ‘nothing to declare’ side of course.

     


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  • Disappointing draw at Aviva

    Posted on June 7, 2015 by Selby

    Ireland created the better half-chances in a slow and tedious game, while, for England, Jack Wilshere played reasonably well in a withdrawn role


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  • What ever they say can't beat that!!

    Posted on May 13, 2015 by Selby


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  • Sorry Kevin too many issues and more!!

    Posted on May 13, 2015 by Selby

    "He needs to play county cricket to be available for selection" (misses IPL to play county, makes 355no) "sorry, too many trust issues" ...


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  • Andrew Strauss dealt with Kevin Pieterson correctly - well done

    Posted on May 13, 2015 by Selby

    I have a lot of respect for the way Andrew Strauss dealt with the Kevin Pietersen issue on Tuesday but his decision has left two potential problems. My biggest concern is that by alienating Pietersen from the set-up and picking all of England’s leaders for the summer Strauss might have put off a few potential candidates from applying for the vacant coach’s job. perhaps they will look at it and think: “Why would I want to go into a position where all the big decisions have been made and wonder what exactly is the role of the coach?” They would want to come in and choose players they know can win them matches. Most coaches would manage the situation as well because in other countries they care a lot less about little fallouts within the team.

    If a candidate feels the director of cricket is too powerful it might alienate some strong coaches around the world and that would be a real shame. English cricket needs the best man for the job and cannot afford to lose a good candidate because they fear how much power they will really wield while at the same time being held accountable for results.

    The second big issue is the team will now have to be mentally very strong to handle the ghost of Pietersen. Every time they struggle this year they are going to be asked about KP and you can bet New Zealand, Australia, Pakistan and South Africa will gleefully bring it up on and off the field.

    Don’t be surprised if the Australians have a brilliant first day of the first Test in Cardiff that one of them comes out and says: “Well, England were really lacking KP out there today.” If England go 1-0 down I can see Michael Clarke saying: “They are a different team without Kevin Pietersen.”


    Andrew Strauss (left) and Pietersen celebrate England's Ashes win in 2011

    There are a lot of supporters angry over the Pietersen decision, too, so the players should not be surprised if there are a few shouts from the crowd if they have a bad day. Get ready for what could come because the general sports fan does not get this issue of trust. They have forgotten about his book, they probably don’t care. They just want to see the match-winners on the park for England.

    Next week Alastair Cook will be asked why Pietersen is not in his team and he will have to answer the question. It could have been made a lot easier by the England and Wales Cricket Board. There are no legal issues with Pietersen and they could have been a bit more honest. They could have said exactly why they do not trust Pietersen.

    The book is one issue, but we still do not know what exactly went wrong in Australia. Tuesday was the day when the ECB could have revealed more. Strauss could have listed the things he has done and said “that is it, no more”. But instead he left it vague again.


    Cook and Pietersen had issues to resolve

    Trust has to be earned. The team have to play in a fashion that excites the fans and the ECB has to act in a way so the public trusts it to run the game. At the moment that is not the case.

    Tuesday was a disaster for English cricket when it should have been the start of an exciting new era. We should have all been talking about the Strauss era but instead it was the same as last year when Paul Downton was appointed and sacked KP without giving any concrete reasons. I still strongly believe Strauss is the right man for the job but it will take a lot of patience from the fans. It will get a lot worse before it gets better for England but I have no doubt that over four years Strauss will be a good appointment. He will get it right.

    It is clear the trust element he was referring to was driven by the England dressing room. Strauss might say he has not consulted Cook but it is obvious that the trust issue is not just between Strauss and Pietersen, it is also between KP and Cook. We have to respect that but Cook has to be open and honest by admitting there is a trust issue between him and Pietersen.


    Michael Vaughan believes Strauss is the right man for the ECB role

    I personally think if it was too difficult to get him back in the Test team then why not have him involved in the one-day set-up. Forget the advisory role. I want to see him playing Twenty20 cricket for England. There is going to be a new coach, a new captain of that team in Eoin Morgan, who is good friends with Pietersen and a whole raft of new players. Why would you not want KP in the team at the World Twenty20 in India next year? He knows more about playing Twenty20 in India than any other England player. He could bring all his information and knowledge of playing around the world and pass it on to the next generation of players. That opportunity has been missed.

    I want to arrive at that World Cup with England having the best chance of winning it and for that to happen Pietersen has to be in that XI.

     

    Graves must now focus on the bigger picture

    I am friends with Colin Graves and he has been a great chairman for Yorkshire but I think he has now realised he is in the big world.

    He has been a successful businessman for many years but now he is in the world of top flight sport and the national media spotlight.

    He is no longer just working for Yorkshire. As much as we think we are the centre of the world, in Yorkshire we are just tiny.

    Colin is now in a job where everything is scrutinised. The straight-talking Yorkshireman we all love to hear is now in charge of the England and Wales Cricket Board and as much as he wants to stay the same, he has to play more of a political game. He will have to learn from this episode with Kevin Pietersen.

    Kevin has been shafted and he is right to ask: “Where is the clean slate I was promised?” But a year ago he was public enemy No 1 and now he has won the war because most people feel sorry for him.

    He has done it by doing the right thing, which is by scoring loads of runs and not just sniping on social media.

    I have great respect for the way he has handled this. It is just a shame we will not see him playing for England this summer.


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  • Striped blazers and Northamptonshire caps

    Posted on April 24, 2015 by Selby

    John and William Denton, Northamptonshire. Excellent sepia cabinet card of the Denton twins pictured standing side by side in striped blazers and Northamptonshire caps at Kettering. Original Photo by E. Hawkins of Brighton.


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  • Ladies day at Canterbury early 1800s

    Posted on April 24, 2015 by Selby


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