Nekkid cricket

Half naked girl-from-the-1970s playing cricket. Would I stoop so low? Frankly, it’d be rude of me not to:

Naked female cricketer

It’s an album cover before any feminists hunt me down and kill me. Seen on Flickr.

England drop Geraint Jones

Chris Read replaces him. Very interesting. Thoughts later. Read Cricinfo. It’s good. Leave your comments below, immediately.

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Cricket in Singapore

Not sure where this is (Jim? If you’re still out there) but it’s a cool shot, slap bang in the middle of a massive city.

Cricket ground in Singapore

In the shadow of Gandhi

Great shot of cricket in Shimla, in the shadow of Ghandi Gandhi.

Cricket near Shimla in the shadow of Gandhi

Found on Flickr

(yes yes, ok, I misspelled Gandhi as Ghandi. Shoot me. It happens)

Monty Panesar or Ashley Giles?

It’s time for another poll. After Monty Panesar destroyed Pakistan yesterday, is he now the English spinner in possession? Should Ashley Giles be recalled if and when fit? Place your votes, now!

Note: you need to visit the website in order to vote. Click here.

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Super hat action

A mexican hat at the cricket

Great hattage action at Old Trafford Trent Bridge.

Vaughan comeback all but a “dream”

Following on rather nicely from the ongoing debate about the apparent mind games England may or may not be playing, Michael Vaughan has today declared himself unlikely to play cricket again. If that is a psychological mind trick to thwart the Australians, then….well, it’s quite clearly not, is it? He is, for want of a better phrase, about as screwed as a pig with one leg hobbling into an abattoir.

“I have real hope I’ll get better”, Vaughan told the media after watching the Old Trafford Test between England and Pakistan. “I’ll do all the hard work and I believe there’ll be another day when Michael Vaughan takes the field in an England cricket shirt. But I have to be realistic. I’ve read I might never play cricket again, and that might well turn out to be the case.

“Is there any chance I might be ready for Melbourne or Sydney? Probably not, but I’m going to hang on to that dream.”

More worrying even than his injury is the realisation he has now started talking in the third person. Full story at Cricinfo.

England’s injuries ignite the phoney war?

OK this pretty interesting. Stu’s been blogging a while and is a regular commenter, as he was during the Ashes. But something strange is happening. While everyone else in Australia has already written England off since last September – understandably, given the piss-awful-luck with injuries and whatnot – Stu has a different theory: it’s mind games! Here’s what he says (sorry Stu for nicking it…)

“The devil’s greatest trick, was convincing the world he didn’t exist…”. Australia weren’t just outplayed during the Ashes series of 2005 – they were out thought, out managed, out administered and played by the English press like Grand Pianos…and it’s happening again.

My tip is, that Jones will play in November, as will Vaughan, and Flintoff and anyone else who, between now and then, has doubt cast on them…and there will be someone else who is “out of the Ashes”. Australians pride themselves on this “sportsmanship” (read mind games) but they are being done now, by canny Englishmen, who for once have the ability to back up the talk, on the field.

All I can hope is that that the Aussies stay quiet, and come out onto the Gabba and win the first session of the first test so convincingly that they set up the rest of the series right there…

I can’t say I agree, but then I’m English. So what does this mean? Are England better placed than people think? Will Michael Vaughan and Simon Jones make miraculous recoveries? If you’re an Australian, do you agree with Stu and if not, why not?

116 days to go…

116 days until we wake up at 8pm; shower; have breakfast; climb on the bus full of drunken revellers and go to work to cover the Ashes. 116 days, that’s all.

And before anyone emails me or leaves a comment to call me an Ashes fundamentalist, or similar…THE ASHES ROCK.