- WBBL Review – England players, the final & Charlotte Edwards’ golden touch
- Our impressions of new England coach Jon Lewis
- England squad to tour WI & the comeback of Lauren Winfield-Hill
- Syd’s thoughts (rant incoming!) about THAT £400m
Question: What is a seven word description of English domestic cricket?
Answer: Men, men, men, men, men, men, men.
Bess Heath in my opinion was the best English domestic (non centrally contracted) talent in the WBBL this Year & she can also keep!!
Agreed – Heath didn’t play every game either as she was replaced by Rodrigues in the Stars line-up for a few matches. The Indian international strangely failed to make an impact though, with a series of low scores and I can’t help but think Heath would’ve out-performed her. Stars were kind of the surprise package for me, who played some great cricket at times and ended up nearly qualifying for the playoffs with a much less experienced team on paper than the other favourite sides.
I’m not sure about Lewis’ comments coming into the job. They just sound like what anyone might say about managing a team seen to not quite be fulfilling their potential.
Applying a more aggressive mindset to bowling might work – England have often flirted with too defensive fields and bowling lengths/lines. If anything though, the batting needs to be based on the percentages a bit more. Playing across the line (rather than hitting straight) and going for ill-judged scoops and reverses (rather than a safer shot) have lost England many wickets over the last few years. One of the main differences between English and Australian batters is that the Aussies tend to play it more conventionally, especially early in their innings.
Beware too about this external interest in the Hundred. If I’ve learned anything it’s that there’s nothing quite like loads of money to turn the heads of the ECB and County bureaucrats. Thinking about where the money comes from is too often a secondary activity for them.