Vaughan left out of India tour

On September 30, 2008 by

Former England captain, Michael Vaughan, has not been included in the Test squad for England’s tour of India. The England and Wales Cricket Board revealed that the disappointing form displayed by the player since he relinquished the captaincy has led to his exclusion from the squad. Geoff Miller, the national selector for the ECB, stated: “Michael’s place cannot be justified based on recent form”.

Vaughan will now take a three-month sabbatical from the international game, during which time he will apparently work on improving his game. The ECB was keen to point out that Vaughan’s exclusion from the squad is not an indicator of a long-term trend and that he would be “very much part” of their future plans.

Since relinquishing the England captaincy, the player’s form has suffered. He scored a disappointing total of 41 runs from his final four Championship innings for Yorkshire.

It was announced earlier today that whilst Vaughan has been excluded from the squad, he may decide to tour India at the same time as the England team, with the England Performance Programme squad. The national one-day squad will arrive in India in early November and will compete in several matches before the Test specialists join up with them prior to the warm-up match on the 5th of December.

The first Test match is due to be played on the 11th of December and the second is set for the 19th. The 15-man England squad includes Matt Prior, Graeme Swann, Tim Ambrose, and Owais Shah, who was chosen to fill the gap left vacant by Vaughan.

Written by Charlotte Cook

‘Hit for Six: Great Cricketing Moments’

On September 21, 2008 by

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Ticket Price Shame

On September 17, 2008 by

I need to touch on how cricket fans are starting to be fleeced, in much the same way as their footballing counterparts.

Already, we have learned that admission to the Ashes Test at Edbaston next year, will be £75 for non Warwickshire Members, a quite staggering disregard for the cricketing public. No doubt it will sell out, if only for being Australia as the opposition, but as these prices, even grounds out of London, run the risk of the champagne brigade taking over, such as Lord’s, and the magic atmosphere that is generated at grounds like Headingley and Edgbaston, disappearing for good.

Prices at Warwickshire HQ have increased some 100% over the past 5 years, a staggering amount.

The One Day scene doesn’t escape all the attention either, my father is a member of Notts, and will be asked to part with £60 for a One Day Ticket for the 2009 ODI series.

Remember, the One Dayers with Australia next year, are being played in September, and anyone remember what a sunshine filled month this year has been? Exactly, hardly fills you with confidence that an outlay of £60 (£75 for non members by the way) will get you a full days cricket in.

The sight of many a empty seat at the first three days of the Edgbaston test against South Africa, should this alarm Giles Clarke, head of the ECB, will he take any notice?, or is he too busy with the Twenty20 specs on?

I paid £27 for Headingley this year for the South African test, you can bet your bottom dollar that price is unlikely to be repeated in the coming years.

Comeback for Ryder

On September 12, 2008 by

New Zealand have recalled Jessie Ryder for their tour of Bangladesh and they hope the 24 year-old has learnt from his off the field digressions.

The kid clearly has the talent but does he have the brains to be a top class cricketer?