TSH Quiz #1

I love a quiz. Everyone loves a quiz. Which is just as well – today I’ve been overcome with emojion.

Given that the first couple of posts on this blog have been a little heavy, I thought a bit of light relief was needed.

Simple task – name the 20 Test cricketers below whose name has been translated into emojis. Continue reading “TSH Quiz #1”


Stopping the rot

Cricket is awash with cash, and there are two newly-minted Test-playing nations, yet the game is going through an existential crisis. So what are we going to do about it?

cricket-724616_1920There are, as Ian Botham once put it, “cricketers who empty bars when they walk to the crease, men like Flintoff, Brian Lara and Adam Gilchrist. The sort of players who get your pulse racing by watching them do what they do best.” A conversation about the ultimate journalistic equivalent of a ‘bar’ player would not be complete without a mention for Matthew Engel. He emptied the metaphorical refreshment tents of cricket commentators last Friday with a blazing innings constructed across twenty polemic paragraphs.

While the article made the cricketing community stand to attention, not a single reader could have taken any pleasure in its withering assessment of the state of the modern game and the governing bodies that hold its future in their palm. His stature as an x-factor journalist demands that we take notice. Continue reading “Stopping the rot”

Shots fired…

Australia’s on-field commanders have sent a salvo across England’s bows, but their strategy could backfire.

David WarnerEvery sporting event has that moment; when the hyperbolic build-up demanded by the modern media crystallises into reality. The par three competition at Augusta National, the Olympic Games opening ceremony, the FA Community Shield; regardless of the practice rounds, the disciplines that began early, the lower tier fixtures, these are the moments when the extended periods of dispassionate analysis give way to involuntary reflexes. The saliva fills our mouth, our eyes narrow to tunnel vision, our heart skips a beat. Continue reading “Shots fired…”

Welcome to The Straight Hit

I won’t keep you long, but I just wanted to say a brief thank you for taking the time to read this blog.

My aim is to explore the outer reaches of the cricketing community and report on topics otherwise untouched by commentators. I will of course offer my own perspectives on the big stories in the sport, but the overall ambition is to offer you something fresh and exciting. Whatever the content, I will abide by the principles that the name of this blog suggests: honest opinions, difficult topics, delivered in a timely fashion.

At the same time I will look for voices that may otherwise not get heard. Expect guest writers to appear on a regular basis, most of which, I hope, will have not found any other outlet for their thoughts and feelings.

That’s enough throwdowns.