England vs New Zealand: Who Should Play For the Hosts at Lords?

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With the start of the English Test summer now barely three weeks away, the stage is set for an entertaining England vs New Zealand tussle. The two sides have met fairly regularly of late and there should be few secrets, not least because England’s new coach is none other than former-Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum, […] READ MORE


Ben Stokes: The Right Man At The Wrong Time?

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Ben Stokes is clearly an inspirational leader. Whether it single-handedly leading England to victory at Headingley – surely his finest moment – or captaining a scratch English side to a 3-0 victory against a full-strength Pakistan, he is clearly a cricketer that teammates will follow. That he is extravagantly gifted, to the extent that he […] READ MORE


Things May Get Worse Before They Get Better for English Test Cricket

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The abject performance of the Test team has been the defining story in English cricket over the last 18 months. The summer of 2020 was reasonably positive for England as they beat the West Indies 2-1 and Pakistan 1-0, before recording a dominant 3-0 win away from home against Sri Lanka. They even got the […] READ MORE


The Ashes Fourth Test Preview and Prediction

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It is looking increasingly possible that all five matches of this Ashes series will not be completed. But for now, the Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground is going ahead as England seek to regain some credibility and Australia look to heap further pain on their oldest rivals. As always, we here at Last Word […] READ MORE


What Needs to Be Done to Fix English Test Cricket?

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Boxing Day at the MCG was supposed to be the start of an English fightback. Instead it was all over within seven sessions. Scott Boland had 6/7 and the Ashes over within two weeks. 3-0. Midnight on Tuesday marked the nadir of English Test Cricket. It was the lowest low. Ex-players blaming coaches, captains, systems. […] READ MORE




English Cricketing Culture Needs to Change

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Yesterday’s drama at Lord’s will allow for many narratives to take shape. The unlikely partnership between Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah at the end of India’s innings, the performances of India’s bowling unit as a whole, and the thrilling end to the match all make for entertaining talking points. But there is a less happy […] READ MORE


How England’s Test team could line-up against India

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The not so English summer beckons Despite the absence of Ben Stokes, England’s Test Team are currently preparing to face India in a gruelling 5 match series starting on Wednesday the 4th of August. The hosts ran out 4-1 winners the last time the two teams faced in England but lost 3-1 earlier in the […] READ MORE