Round-Up 19/06/2018 or Dawson does his thing

A draw then, for West Indies and Sri Lanka, and just the one wicket for Akila Dananjaya in West Indies’ second innings. Seam dominated the Test match, with Bishoo taking no wickets, and Dananjaya just one in each innings. Dananjaya looked good at the beginning of his spell and got the wicked of Dowrich with…

Round-Up: 18/06/2018 or How Bishoo got belted.

Not much of a day for spinners today. Devendra Bishoo got a bit of tap in the Second Test between West Indies and Sri Lanka, bowling 11 wicketless overs for 58. As usual, I was struck by the lack of variation. Bishoo really has nothing other than his leg-break, I didn’t see a single googly…

Adil Rashid’s sisyphean task

In Ancient Greek mythology, Sisyphus was said to have been punished by the gods for his craftiness to roll a rock up a hill forever, only when he reached the top to see it roll back down again. Adil Rashid did more than roll the ball on his first two days of Test cricket, but…

Ajmal is a genius

The 90s and the first half of the 00s were dominated, spin wise, by two geniuses. One was a genius of the mind, all smoke and mirrors. The other was a genius of the body, with a super flexing shoulder and wrist that fizzed and turned the ball more than any other before him. If…

Ashton Agar is a symbol of panicked thinking

Ashton Agar might be a decent spinner. In fact, I’m pretty sure he’s a decent spinner. If he hadn’t played today, he would still have made it into the Australian team in the fullness of time, but once he was put in as a 19 year old in the first Ashes Test, he was set…

Australia want the one they can’t have

Australia want the one they can’t have Nearly six years after Shane Warne retired from Test cricket, Australia are still desperately searching for his replacement. Just look at Fawad Ahmed, a Pakistani asylum seeker to Australia who, soon after gaining asylum had a BBL contract with the Melbourne Renegades. Why? Because he’s a leg-spinner. Never…

The new spin kings of the Caribbean

It’s six years since England last toured the West Indies for a Test series and since then the ongoing development in West Indies regional cricket has continued to be towards the spinners. Thirty years ago every regional team had two or three decent pacers, now each plays at least two spinners. Times have changed. In…