Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Messi can also play cricket?

I dunno that bowling action looks a bit suspect.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

No more confusion, Finn must sort out his game

The confusion over whether or not a bowler disrupting the bails at his end while bowling leads to a no ball will finally be resolved after the Marylebone Cricket Club confirmed it would amend the cricket laws.

Currently, it is within the umpire’s discretion to give a dead ball or not should the bowler interfere with the bails on his run-up, a situation that led to confusion with the England side over their recent tour this winter.

Steven Finn was twice denied wickets against India, the umpire calling a dead ball after England’s paceman ran into the bails on his delivery. It cost his team vital wickets and left Finn with much explaining to do, the paceman himself confused over the laws of the game.

Thankfully, this confusion will end on 1 October when a new law comes into place, insisting that the ball is dead should the bowler interference.

The law also means that Finn must sort out his game if he is to make the England Test squads for New Zealand and Australia this summer. As he wrote in his Michael Vaughan tips column, former England skipper Vaughan knows that current captain Alastair Cook cannot afford to have a meandering bowler in his midst that could cost the team a match.

Finn has already claimed he is working hard on his stride and even shortened his run-up to try and cure the problem. However, having taken just one wicket from his last two ODIs against New Zealand this spring, changing his game has clearly taken longer than expected and he may suffer a reduction in delivery pace because of it – something that has affected the England cricket betting.

Sadly, this could cost Finn his place in the side, so the 23-year-old needs to concentrate on his action over the next few months. With three Tests against the Kiwis coming up he has the stage to perfect a new game but will be given no leeway from umpires should those bails come off at the wrong end.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Woakes eyes England progress

Following their defeat to New Zealand in the opening ODI encounter in Hamilton, Chris Woakes is hoping he can help his side level up the series in their second clash on Wednesday.

The Warwickshire bowler, who worked under now national head coach Ashley Giles at Edgbaston, produced a decent performance against the Kiwis, recording bowling figures of 2-52 and contributing 17 runs with the bat at more than a run-a-ball.

England, slender favourites according to the cricket odds, eventually lost the game by three wickets and Woakes, who was pleased with his performance in the opening ODI, believes there were areas he can improve on for the second encounter with the Black Caps in Napier.

He said: "I thought it went okay.

"It would have been nice to have stayed in till the end with the bat, and put some more runs on the board.

"Obviously, we thought we were slightly short with the bat. So it would have been nice to contribute there a little bit more.

"With the ball, I didn't finish as well as I'd like to. But to pick up two wickets in the middle was pleasing."

Punters who want to know how to bet on cricket will note that Hamilton has not been a happy hunting ground for England and they will be looking to fare much better when they make the trip to Napier.

A loss for the tourists on Wednesday would see them lose the ODI series before the final encounter on Saturday, after which the Test series will soon following against New Zealand.

England will then be looking to build on their Test success in India when they face the Kiwis in a three-match series, starting in Dunedin on March 5.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Watson back on Song for Aussies

Shane Watson returned to action with a real bang as he hit a sensational century to help the Aussies secure a series-clinching victory against West Indies. Chasing 330 for victory, the Windies fell 39 runs short as Australia took an unassailable 3-0 series lead.

The batsman, returning to the side after a four-week injury lay-off, set Australia on the right track with a well-crafted 122 from 111 balls, taking his time to settle back into his rhythm before really taking the West Indian bowlers to the cleaners with some typically ruthless stroke-play to finish with 12 fours and two giant maximums.  

Australia captain, Michael Clarke, heaped praise on Watson for his man-of-the-match performance, admitting to the sports betting news that it was a huge boost to the team to have the influential all-rounder back in the fold.

"Shane Watson led from the front. Good wickets and fast outfields help, but it doesn't matter how flat the wicket is if you're facing good bowling, you've got to hit the ball sweetly and he (Watson) did that from the first ball.

"Watto is a very good player and it's great to see him back to his best,” added Clarke.

Watson’s return to the one-day side may be important but the real question will be whether or not he will manage to stay injury-free in the run-up to the Ashes.

While the cricket betting news seems to be writing Australia’s chances off ahead of the upcoming Ashes, Shane Watson remains as one of the few current players that England will be extremely wary of.

Having the 31-year old fully fit and in-form will be essential to any hope Clarke’s men will have when they arrive on English soil later this year.