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Ashes in England 2015 – Are the English Prepared?

 

Ashes starts July 8 2015

With the recent showing against the upcoming Kiwis England cricket team has done some preparation for Australia coming home. They drew the series against the Kiwis but their batting is the main worry. The major bright spot of both one day and tests against the series was Ben Stokes.

Ben Stokes always had the talent but he showed the maturity of becoming the replacement for Andrew Flintoff England were so long looking for. Another player to emerge as the future player was Johnny Bairstow. The way he won the deciding one day for England when all seemed lost was exemplary. The long time poster boy of England cricket Joe Root also has finally come good. He showed class and finesse in each of his innings. Alistair Cook also looked in good form in the tests. He has solved his off stump issues for now, it seems.

The bowling department also looks good with Steve Finn making a great come back. The speed and bounce are back and also the fitness. James Anderson is the usual stuff, great swing bowler. Stuart Broad is still not bowling to his potential but is doing fairly well. So the bowling looks good for English conditions if not ominous.

Jos Butler has also come of age. He looks to destroy the opposition with his bat and also has improved his keeping. He is a good replacement for Matt Prior. So, be prepared for a good series coming up. Australia will under-estimate this young English team at their peril. Yes they are the better team but England will not prove to be pushover this time round, and they are playing in home conditions.

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Ashes – bring it on!

Trip of a lifetime Ashes 2015

Ok, I know I was skeptical in my last post about Australia’s chances in the World Cup, and happy to wait it out, but there’s some things that don’t wait no matter what – and for me that’s the Ashes!

Being a past Pom I look upon this regular chance to go back to the mother country and turn the screws a bit tighter with glee. The opportunity to combine some great cricket with a ready-made holiday is too hard to resist, but sometimes needs planning. I’ve done this pilgrimage twice now, once as part of a tour. and once with friends. This time I’ll be doing it just with the missus, well we go in the plane together, then split up for the important things, for her shopping, me a chance to catch up with some mates and watch what will hopefully be a few tough matches.

The great thing about a tour is everything sorted for you, tickets (which are not easy to come by in England for Ashes) hotels transfers, and you hopefully get to meet some of your heroes. But, it does restrict your movements when your going somewhere you know well. So for next year we’re sorting out a loan through Ferratum  now so we can get all our tickets organised, all i can hope for is that the Australian team have themselves equally sorted by then.