Headaches around the selection of the England test side are nothing new, there’s always a batsman or two that’s woefully out of form whilst another is scoring runs by the bucket load at county level. This time however, it’s the bowlers’ turn to create problems. In a stark contrast to the batsmen there appears to be an abundance of pace bowlers who’d be more than capable of slotting into the test side. Continue reading
Keaton Jennings’ debut heroics in India have earned him the right to keep his test spot, whilst Gary Ballance’s incredible domestic form has ensured he gets a recall. For the bowler’s it’s a chance for the so far uncapped Toby Roland Jones to get his first game whilst Mark Wood returns following injury problems and there’s a surprise call up for Liam Dawson. Continue reading
Every year the ICC hands out it’s pick of awards, with the most prestigious prize normally reserved for the test player of the year. Contrary to most award ceremony’s, the ICC doesn’t host a glitzy event filled with players in tuxedos, totally unable to speak without first asking their PR teams if it’s okay, but this was no glam event, far from it. Simply a series of tweets dragged out over a seemingly endless time frame.
But as with all of these events ceremonies there is an element of debate over which player truly deserves their place or how it is disgraceful that another player was overlooked entirely. So, here at Middle and Off, we decided to go through award by award and judge how well the ICC have selected their winners.