Pakistan 3 – England 0 (Tests); Pakistan 0 – England 4 (ODI): spot the difference?

Pakistan out-played England in the recent Test series, in the United Arab Emirates.  The 3-0 “spinwash” marked the slump that the more pessimistic of England’s followers almost wished on the team. “England can’t play on sub-continental pitches” (the soil for the Dubai strips was shipped in from Pakistan). “England’s batsmen can’t play spin” And all this, apparently, without […]

"Action stations" – whatever happened to standing still and waiting for the ball?

As a young batsman, the absolute importance of standing still until the bowler released the ball was drummed into me. And more recently, as I have worked through various levels of the coach education process, the same mantra is still repeated – pick up the bat, yes, think about leading with the dipped front shoulder, […]