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  • Back South Africa at 3.00 Great Odds

    Posted on November 9, 2015 by Selby

    "It looks as though it absolutely has to turn big for India. If it doesn’t, their seam attack looks weak."

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    Start time: 04:00
    TV: Live on Sky SportsIndiaIndia could well keep us guessing as to their make-up of their XI for the series opener. They have a plethora of options in the top order, for example.Specifically, they have to trim four possible opening batsmen into two. Shikhar Dhawan, Chet Pujara, Murali Vijay and Lokesh Rahul are vying for the slots.

    Anyone who misses out could, of course, bat at No 3 or further down. Pujara, who hit a big ton last time out against Sri Lanka, looks most certain to play while Vijay was the man in possession before he suffered an injury.

    India will need that strength up top if they are going to bat Stuart Binny at No 6 as they did in Colombo. Another option is Ravi Jadeja there instead.

    Jadeja could play as one of three spinners. Ishant Sharma, the lead paceman, is banned for one match so two from Bhuv Kumar, Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav must step up.
    South Africa

    South Africa haven't lost a series away from home for nine years. That includes two visits to India and one to Sri Lanka. This lot are made of stern stuff.

    Hashim Amla, the skipper, AB De Villiers and Faf Du Plessis represent their batting strengths. Importantly, each are good players of spin and the latter two know India inside out from various IPL stints.

    Their probable openers, Dean Elgar and Stiaan Van Zyl, still have something to prove. The tourists will also fret about to how find room for two spinners.

    They could rely on Elgar and JP Duminy supporting Imran Tahir but that might leave them short, particular as Duminy has struggled with knee problems.

    Simon Harmer, who has played three Tests, is a specialist and could play with Vernon Philander most likely to make way.
    Series odds

    From the last 50 Test series only 15 have been won by the away team. But South Africa buck the trend and rate good value for the win at 2.60 with India 2.00 and The Draw 3.60. They will have to buck another trend to win it too, India have lost only one series at home since 2004 - to England in 2012. A good omen for the Proteas.
    Match odds

    India haven't played a home Test for exactly two years. So they could be forgiven for being a little under cooked.

    They are rated as 2.56 chances with South Africa 3.00 and The Draw out at 3.85. The pitch is key. South Africa are worried it is too dry, will turn on day one and, presumably, crumble in the fourth-innings.

    That would make the toss important but there is no bias in favour of the side batting first in Mohali. In fact, it is the fielding side who have won most often, four games to two. There have been five draws in the 11 Tests there.

    Still, the wicket history clearly shows that there are runs there first up. That means that it could take a while for the side who have to bowl first to get their odds down.

    Obviously, the draw price is going to come in as well so anyone betting pre-toss should not panic if things appear to be going against them on days one and two.
    South Africa won't panic. This is their style. And that is attractive for bettors. They are strong and hold firm in adversity. They should give an India side which is in a rebuilding phase an extremely tough game.

    It looks as though it absolutely has to turn big for India. If it doesn't, their seam attack looks weak.
    First-innings runs

    Here are the last five first-innings scores (since 2006) at the Punjab CA Stadium: 408-428-453-469-300. That is consistent run-making as one would expect in India. It would be a surprise if 400 was not breached again first up although we are a little wary about the reports of turn on day one. That could negate strokeplay and it might be like wading through treacle for some.
    Top India runscorer

    Virat Kohli, 4.00, and Vivay, 4.50, are India's powerhouses over the last 12 months. They both average in the 60s. But Kohli had a better series against South Africa than Vijay in 2013, outscoring him by almost double. Pujara top scored in that series by eight runs from Kohli. He is5.00.
    Top South Africa runscorer

    Amla, who is 4.00, averaged just 14 in that series at home versus India. It was Du Plessis and De Villiers who shone, averaging in the 60s. They are 3.60 and 4.50 respectively.

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  • Warne offers some advice

    Posted on October 9, 2015 by Selby

    Spin legend Shane Warne could be the latest Aussie influence on England's Adil Rashid

    The Australian influence on the development of England’s premier wrist spinner Adil Rashid appears likely to increase with Test legend Shane Warne the latest to flag an interest in mentoring the 27-year-old.

    Having thrived under Yorkshire’s Australian-born coach Jason Gillespie in recent county seasons and backed by England’s new supremo (and former New South Wales Blues and Sydney Sixers coach) Trevor Bayliss, Rashid is tipped to make his Test debut in the current series against Pakistan in the UAE.

    Quick single: Finn makes case for Test selection

    And with Bayliss already showing a willingness to incorporate specialist coaches from around the cricket world – former Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene is helping the England team adapt to foreign conditions in the Emirates – Warne’s willingness to get involved will doubtless be explored.

    "I’d love to work with Rashid if the opportunity arose - 100 per cent," Warne said yesterday while spruiking his upcoming Cricket All-Stars series of former greats that will be played in the United States next month.

    "There’s been a lot of spinners I’ve helped over the years and I’m more than happy to talk to anyone.

    "I think in my last year of county cricket (with Hampshire in 2007) Michael Vaughan, when he was captain of Yorkshire, asked if I could do him a favour and have a chat with Rashid.

    "He (Rashid) was pretty young then but I had a good chat.

    "He’s a pretty impressive kid, he’s been on the scene a while now.

    "England have done pretty well with Rashid - they haven’t rushed him."

    Rashid Adil is expected to play a big role for England in the UAE with fellow spinner Moeen Ali // Getty Images

    Rashid was part of England’s Test squads for their tour of the Caribbean in April this year and throughout their successful home Ashes campaign against Australia in July and August, but has yet to receive his Test cap.

    It was only conditions unfavourable to spin bowling and the Australian batsmen’s glaring vulnerabilities against seamers that counted against his selection in the Ashes, with Bayliss indicating after England’s defeat at Lord’s in July that he was looking to play two spinners if pitches and weather remained dry.

    Quick single: Familiar faces dominate domestic scene

    But even though he has been forced to wait to add Test selection to the 16 one-day internationals and seven Twenty20 appearances he has made for England, Rashid has already benefited greatly from the input of Australian expertise imparted by Gillespie and Bayliss.

    When Yorkshire won their first England division one county title in more than a decade under former Australia fast bowler Gillespie in 2014, Rashid was his team’s equal second-highest wicket-taker for the season with 49 at 24.81.

    In a recent interview with, Rashid heaped praise on both ex-Test quick Gillespie and former Blues batsman Bayliss and the uncomplicated, positive approach they have brought to their respective roles in England.

    "He’s brought a lot to my game," Rashid said of Gillespie, who was appointed Yorkshire’s coach when the famous county was in dire trouble on and off the field in 2011.

    "When he first came (to Headingley) he said 'keep it simple, just spin the ball'.

    "Simple as that – 'spin it either way, you’re going to have your good days and you’re going to have your bad days, it doesn’t matter so long as you continue to have that same mindset all the time of spinning it and not looking to do other things'.

    "That’s when I bowl my best and that’s when Dizzy (Gillespie) knows I bowl my best.

    "He brings a lot to any team that he goes into, he lets people play how they want to play, express themselves and enjoy their cricket."

    Rashid has been mentored by Gillespie at Yorkshire // Getty Images

    Rashid said that Bayliss, who also enjoyed success with Sri Lanka and the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League before taking on the England job on the cusp of this year’s Ashes series, brought a similarly straightforward approach to the game.

    It echoes the mantra long preached by Warne, Australia’s most successful Test bowler and widely regarded as cricket’s greatest leg spinner, that cricketers produce their best when they are not over-burdened with instructions and strategies and can simply enjoy their craft.

    "The (England) set-up now is a different environment with Trevor (Bayliss) coming in," Rashid told after the Australian had succeeded Peter Moores as national coach.

    "The mental side is completely different, it’s a real enjoyable place to be.

    "I find him (Bayliss) very easy to talk to, very simple and clear in his plans.

    "He’s very positive, it’s not overlooking things and it’s not over-complicating things."

    Warne worked with the Australia team, and in particular incumbent Test spinner Nathan Lyon and budding leg spinner James Muirhead, in South Africa last year in the build-up to the ICC World T20 tournament in Bangladesh.

    Quick single: SOK looks long-term for Baggy Green goals

    Cricket Australia then enlisted the input of Test cricket’s foremost wicket-taker, Sri Lankan off-spinner Muthiah Muralidaran, leading into the two-Test series against Pakistan in the UAE in which the tourists were heavily defeated.

    Since then, Lyon’s long-time mentor and former Canada captain John Davison has filled the role of consultant spin bowling coach to work alongside national coach Darren Lehmann and Warne has indicated his schedule of commentary and charity work often precludes further involvement.

    But he appears interested in making an exception in the case of Yorkshire-born Rashid.

    "He (Rashid) seems to be bowling pretty well, it’ll be great to see how (England Test captain) Alastair Cook handles a leg spinner," Warne said.

    "It’s exciting. Let’s hope he grabs his opportunity because it’ll be great to see England have a leg spinner."

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  • Walter W Read - Beyond question he was one of the greatest batsmen the game has known

    Posted on October 1, 2015 by Selby


    Walter William Read

    Full name Walter William Read

    Born November 23, 1855, Reigate, Surrey

    Died January 6, 1907, Bingham Road, Addiscombe Park, Surrey (aged 51 years 44 days)

    Major teams England, Surrey

    Batting style Right-hand bat

    Bowling style Right-arm fast (roundarm), Right-arm slow (underarm)


    Batting and fielding averages


    Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
    Tests 18 27 1 720 117 27.69 1 5 0 16 0
    First-class 467 749 52 22349 338 32.06 38 112 381 20


    Bowling averages


    Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
    Tests 18 2 60 63 0 - - - 6.30 - 0 0 0
    First-class 467 5549 3483 108 6/24 32.25 3.76 51.3 1 0


    Career statistics


    Test debut Australia v England at Melbourne, Dec 30, 1882 - Jan 2, 1883 scorecard
    Last Test England v Australia at Manchester, Aug 24-26, 1893 scorecard
    Test statistics
    First-class span 1873 - 1897




    • Mr. W. W. Read died on Sunday, January 6th, at his residence, Colworth Road, Addiscombe Park. More than nine years have passed away since Mr. Read dropped out of the Surrey eleven and gave up first-class cricket, but his wonderful play during a long career is vividly remembered. Beyond question he was one of the greatest batsmen the game has known, holding a high place among those nearest in merit to W. G. Grace. Born on November 23rd, 1855, he was in his fifty-second year. He had been in poor health for some little time, but his illness did not assume a dangerous form until a week before his death.

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  • A brawl took place in 1939 but probably because of the impending war nothing was said!!

    Posted on October 1, 2015 by Selby

    Gubby Allen. Nice silver cigarette case inscribed to lid 'G.O.A' and 'Eton v Harow 1919. 69 not out'. Hallmarked. 4"x3". Some dents otherwise in good condition. cricket memorabilia
    Eton College won the match by 202 runs. Allen was run out for 0 in Eton's first innings and made 69no in the second. After the match had ended a fight of some proportion took place presumably between the supporters. The following year before the match commenced W.W.Hill-Wood warned the players and supporters that if there was a similar occurrence again the match would be taken away from Lords. A brawl took place in 1939 but probably because of the impending war nothing was said. Neither incident is mentioned in Wisden of the time

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  • Record price for Don Bradman Cricket Blazer

    Posted on September 25, 2015 by Selby

    Legendary Australian cricketer Donald Bradman's jacket has sold for $84,697.

    Worn by "Sir Don" during his first test series as captain, it beat its estimate of $48,563 by 74.4%.

    Don Bradman jacket


    The piece headlined Moss green Auctions' September 7 sporting memorabilia sale in Melbourne.

    Bradman wore the jacket during the series against England in 1936-1937.

    The auction house comments: "The blazer illustrates just how small (170cm) and slight (65kg) Bradman was.

    "Bradman was appointed captain of Australia for the 1936-37 Ashes series, a position he held until his retirement in 1948…

    "This is the first time the blazer has been offered by public auction."

    A bat wielded by Bradman in the final test match of the 1930 Ashes made $18,625.

    Moss green explains: "As with two other match-used bats sighted, Bradman had these 'best' bats signed by both teams during the final Test, obliterating the various signatures and goodwill notation inscribed to both sides, and mostly faded.

    It was "thus part of Bradman's record 1000 runs in May, most runs and Test run records of his greatest series."

    The record for a Bradman bat stands at $100,778 - set for his first Test bat in 2008.


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  • 'The Ashes'. England v Australia 1948. Official scorecard for the second Test match played at Lord's on 24th-29th June 1948. The scorecard, with fully printed detail until the end of the third day, nicely signed in ink by all seventeen members of the Australian touring party. Signatures include Don Bradman, Barnes, Hassett, Johnston, Johnson, Harvey, Hamence, Tallon, Ring, McCool, Miller, Lindwall, Loxton, Saggers etc. The scorecard headed in ink 'Australian Test Team, Lord's 1948'. Very light horizontal fold to lower half otherwise in good/very good condition. cricket

    Posted on September 15, 2015 by Selby

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  • Record of Lord Hawke's Cricket Team in India 1892-93

    Posted on September 15, 2015 by Selby

    Record of Lord Hawke's Cricket Team in India 1892-93. Published by Redin & Co, 16 Trinity Street, Cambridge. [c1893?]. Very rare 28pp post tour booklet with frontispiece team portrait of the touring party. The booklet begins with a short introduction followed by the scores of the various matches played on the tour with the tour batting and bowling averages and centuries scored to the rear page. The booklet lacking the original front wrapper, retaining its rear wrapper and becoming loose, although complete and in good condition. A brown leather photograph album accompanies the booklet (5.5"x7.5") with title impressed into the leather in gilt 'India 1892-3' and contains seventeen sepia photographs taken on the tour, each mounted to the right hand side of the gilt edges card pages with handwritten titles to the facing page. The varied photographs show 'Lord Hawke's Cricket Team', the touring party in group pose wearing blazers, caps and boaters, 'All India Eleven v Lord Hawke's Eleven' being a group photograph of the two teams, 'Lord Hawke's Eleven v Agra', the team sitting on steps with various dignatories, some in pith helmets and various scenes of Indian life including the 'Darjheeling Railway', 'The Morning Bath, Allahbad', 'Our Native Boys', 'Parsee Women' sitting in the tents watching the cricket match, 'Nautch Girls', 'Jumrood Fort, Peshawur', 'Mausoleum, Futtehpor Sikri', 'The Fort, Lahore', 'Ted Leatham's Elephant' (A.E. Leatham [Gloucestershire] joined the tour late), 'View below Kinchen Junga', 'Street View Peshawili' etc. The photograph album in good condition, although lacking album spine paper and becoming disbound. A very scarce booklet and photograph album believed to have been printed for members of the touring party only. cricket sold for £17000

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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 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- or via Twitter

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

    Pick your team 


    Tony Selby

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