The Greatest Cricket Team………

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I am sat here writing this and I just cant believe what I have heard. England are crowned the Premier Test Playing Nation in the world. I dont think we have been here before and after todays win to go three nil up in a best of four seris again India who had the title its been confirmed. Another fantastic performance from England batting and bowling was awesome. I am so proud of the players who again have performed to the next level. They are an amazing team not a team of  individuals but a team of players who play for each other. Not the best paid sports men but they deserve the applause of the country for that they have achieved. Wendyball plays take not its not about money but its about playing for the team and the pride…..Well done Lads.

As I think back over all the years I have followed test Cricket and think this makes up for all the times England were at the other end of the table. The defeats loosing the Ashes home and away year after year and worst of all the thrashings we endured at the hands of the Windies where by mid morning on the first day of a test the result was know. I had to sit there and see England bowled out for less than 50, then yesterday England made of 700 before declaring. How things have changed.

I had seen people moan on twitter about this being a boring test, but you cant blame England for that, they had a job to do they wanted to win and win convincingly they did but you can only beat the team that is put out in front of you. This was a fantastic win especially when you look back at that was expected of the India side before the series started.

A couple of sad moments to mention, as England and India go to the Oval for the fourth test I really home that Sachin Tendulkar goes on to get his 100th Hundred in test cricket as he deserves it and it would be so nice to see. One last plea please Windies find that old form and come back to test cricket you are missed.

Now I how England stay top for many years to come but what would really make me happy would be to be knocked off the top spot by the Windies as I am sure they are long overdue a revival and world cricket needs this too.

I now look forward to the summer of 2013 and the next Ashes battle and all the test cricket before, listening round the radio to TMS. Tough winter tour next then South Africa next summer and I cant wait.

 

Thank you for reading my blog.

Silent Sunday……

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Book Review……Marcus Trescothick…..Coming Back to Me…..

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Well its taken me nearly two years but last weekend i finally finished reading the Marcus Trescothick Autobiography. It was a tough read not on the writers part i might add but on my part as it was very close to what i have gone through but i found the book so useful and helpful. Just in case you are not aware he is probably the greatest living opening batsman England have. Marcus is a fantastic sportsman and played test cricket for England from 2000 to 2006 and in that time scored 14 centuries and still plays country Cricket for Somerset. Marcus unfortunately had problems with playing on the overseas tours that lead to his early retirement from test cricket.

When I mentioned to the blokes at work that i was reading this book I was met with the sad but typical comments of didn’t he go loopy, didn’t he loose the plot etc…..but i would not expect anything else from that bunch of losers who just don’t have a clue…

Marcus is very frank in the book and explains what happened and I found this very interesting and a great help and I would recommend anyone who has or does suffer with being homesick has or had depression feels low from time to time or just wants a good book to read should read this book. Marcus only missed is family and there is nothing wrong with that but the press had to try and find something else in the story. I appreciate Marcus for being so frank in the book and bringing this to light.

One part of the book that saddened me was the parts about the good old English press, what a bunch of  losers they are, when Marcus left the India tour early they could not respect his wishes and had to go hunting for the story that wasnt there so guess what when they found nothing they had to make something up. Why do they do this I was pround of our jounralists once but not anymore they are just the gutter press they deserve to be called. Does its matter why he came home early press do you have a right to prey into his life and do you have the right to make up stories about him having affairs and his wife having affairs. The answer is no and i confess i have even less respect for the press now.

The book was a good interesting read and well worth reading, only one fault and not really a fault but on the cover notes there is a quote from Geoffrey Boycott saying brave Marcus is for coping with his illness……Is this the same Geoffrey Boycott who moaned about Michael Yardy leaving the World Cup early in March this year for suffering with depression….Double standards…..there is nothing wrong with depression its a painful experience and support and understanding and not criticism   is what is needed….

Thank you Marcus…….