The revolution will not be televised

Ostensibly an upstart commentary service, Guerilla Cricket might just be a handy barometer for the sport

Guerilla sofa“Shit!”

Something has poked The Bear. It’s the sound rig. The first toss of the Ashes happened 15 minutes ago. In Australia, chinos pass final judgement. In this small London room, blazered regulars look confused. A Sofa sits empty in front of a screen surrounded by microphones. Their wires lead to the rig.

Finally it clicks. The sound sparks on just in time to hear BT Sport’s besuited Michael Vaughan offer up his summary opinion to the viewers.

“Cook and Root need to score runs.”

The room sighs. It deserves better.

Three wise men take their seats on the sofa. The TV is muted and a languid calypso tune starts up. Before we know it an audibly excited voice bursts from the furniture, via the rig and through the speaker stack.

“Good morning, good evening, good dusk, good dawn! I’m Guerilla Hendo joined by Grubby78 and Not Fred Titmus – we are in the bosom… the womb… the cleavage of London’s Groucho Club!”

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The Unsportsmen podcast: ‘Best of 12?’

IMG_0522I’m back with Tom and Aaron, The Unsportsmen, this time turning the tables on them following England’s fightback in the ODI series.

The big questions tackled this edition include:

  1. Do England make Australia look good or Australia make England look bad?
  2. Would have just playing the ODI team in the Tests have got us a better result?
  3. Why can’t Jason Roy hit it off the square in the BBL?

Tune in to the podcast…

…here (iTunes)…

…or here (in browser).

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Weird dismissals: coincidence or something else?

To bungle one odd dismissal may be regarded as a misfortune; to make a hash of two looks like carelessness

A different kind of catching

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Brisbane Heat captain, Brendon McCullum: “Tonight I think the Hurricanes, or George, missed an opportunity. I just get the feeling, speaking from experience, that this is an opportunity that he will in time wish he had made the other choice.” [Image: Ben Sutherland, 2015]

LeRoy is a sleepy town of around seven and a half thousand people and falling in Western New York State. On a road trip from Manhattan to Niagara Falls, you would breeze past it on the left and Rochester on your right.

You probably wouldn’t stop, unless you had a strange fascination with gelatin-based desserts; of the two things LeRoy is famous for, the first one is that it is the home of the Jell-O Museum.

The second is vocal tics. Starting in August 2011, in quick succession 14 students at the local high school reported a bizarre set of medical issues. They included verbal outbursts, tics, seizure activity and speech difficulty. Amidst growing interest from the media, and a flurry of local and national interviews, patients’ symptoms worsened and the ‘illness’ spread to six further locals.

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ICC player eligibility changes pose silent threat

Changes to the ICC’s international player eligibility regulations have gone largely unnoticed, but their impact could be significant

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Alan Isaac (L), President and David Richardson (R), CEO of the ICC at a press conference held at the ICC Headquarters in Dubai, UAE in January 2014 (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Headbutts make headlines in the same way that un-sexy regulations don’t.

More hoo-ha than usual surrounded the start of the 2017/18 Ashes series. Glenn McGrath didn’t even need to make his customary, only-semi-joking whitewash prediction. Ben Stokes threw his winter away, David Warner revealed his self-motivation tips, and we later found out that Jonny Bairstow and Cameron Bancroft had enjoyed a minor tete-a-tete.

These pre-series shenanigans may have set the tone for the Ashes, but it is another development, which flew largely under the radar, which could have a lasting impact on cricket. Continue reading “ICC player eligibility changes pose silent threat”

CricIndex 5th Test Smokescreen podcast

img_0291And breathe. The England team have finally been taken into the back yard and had four bullets (plus one misfire) pumped into its skull under the old apple tree. Time then to sharpen the scalpel for the still-twitching cadaver of the 5th Test and the stiffening body of the series as a whole.

Amit Kohli and I rate the England players, look to the future for New Zealand and beyond, and discuss whether the system is the root cause of England’s touring woes.

Tune in to the podcast here

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