Ravi Bopara should be given more chance of Batting

The England all rounder Ravi Bopara finally got the much deserved promotion in the batting order in yesterday’s game versus Sri Lanka, but, he could not make the most of it as he was dismissed at the score of 6 trying to play a cheeky shot off the bowling of the left arm spinner Rangana Herath.

Herath bowled an arm ball which Bopara got on his knees and tried to paddle fine, but, the wicketkeeper was pro active on that occasion. He saw that shot coming and thus, took a step or two to the left and ended up actually catching that ball. It was a phenomenal grab.

"Ravi Bopara should be given more chance of Batting"

Andrew Flintoff at Gabbatoire

It was a mixed day for Andrew Flintoff at Gabbatoire last Sunday. He was playing a competitive game of cricket on a foreign ground after a very long time. So, it must have been special, but, he could not play as well for his team Brisbane Heat as a big player like him should have.

With his poor bowling in the penultimate over of the game, Flintoff had given the opposition team a chance to snatch win from the jaws of defeat, but, thanks to Ryan Duffield who bowled some god low full-tosses at the end to keep the Melbourne Stars two runs away from the target.

"Andrew Flintoff at Gabbatoire"

Ben Strokes Clone of Andrew Flintoff

Steve Harmison thinks Ben Stokes is good enough to be compared to the legendary all rounder Andrew Flintoff.
But, the former fast bowler has urged the England team management to let the Durham player express himself and not make him curb his natural instincts.

According to Harmison, Stokes, just like Flintoff, is a free flowing player and he can succeed at the international level only by playing the way he knows. The coaches should not try to transform his game even if he plays a bad shot or two every now and then.

"Ben Strokes Clone of Andrew Flintoff"

English Collapse Under Indian Pace

The English middle order collapsed yesterday against the inexperienced pace attack of India at Nottingham.

At one point of time, the Three Lions were on the driving seat with Gary Ballance and Sam Robson playing very well, but, as soon as Ishant Sharma got both of them dismissed with the reverse swinging old ball in the second session, the pressure was back on England and their middle couldn’t soak it up.

The likes of Ian Bell and Matt Prior who are the seasoned campaigners of the team fell cheaply on a dead deck and left the hosts in more than a spot of bother.

"English Collapse Under Indian Pace"

Bailey Proves Worth As Leader

The T20 captain of the Australian Cricket Team, George Bailey, proved his worth as a leader in the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League as well. He was appointed as the captain of the Kings XI Punjab side despite some other strong contestants being there for the post. The Tasmanian lived up to the faith showed in him by the higher officials of the franchise and led the team wonderfully throughout the tournament. Had he been slightly lucky, he would probably have made his team champion.

"Bailey Proves Worth As Leader"

Rumors Abound; Flintoff Return

There have been reports that Andrew Flintoff might resume his cricket career during the upcoming county season by representing his former team Lancashire in the T20 competition.

Lancashire has denied those reports though. According to the Manchester based club, they haven’t made any such offer to the former England captain till now.

Flintoff has actually been spending a lot of time with the Lancashire first team of late. He has been practicing as well as mentoring the youngsters.

"Rumors Abound; Flintoff Return"

FLINTOFF TO BE THE GUEST OF HONOUR

Andrew flintoff will be the guest of honour for the Lancashire County Cricket Club for its first birthday. The multi-million pound conference and events venue has enjoyed growing success since it was opened in 2010 and has played host to 91 conventions, events, and formal dinners, welcomed 60,000 visitors, and achieved a turnover of nearly £2.5m.

"FLINTOFF TO BE THE GUEST OF HONOUR"

FLINTOFF ACCUSED

Flintoff has been accused of his recent comments against people in Burnley. He was praising the recent tour of Preston, his home town, by Prince William and Kate Middleton and used the opportunity for a little oneupmanship on the rival Lancashire town of Burnley, which the Royal couple did not visit but whose famous sons include the actor Sir Ian McKellen.

He then compared its residents to the Dingles, the troubled family from the television soap Emmerdale, which includes murderers, arsonists and kidnappers, but this was not judged too harshly.

"FLINTOFF ACCUSED"

FLINTOFF AT LORD’S

Andrew Flintoff does not seem to be too bothered of retirement as he was recently spotted at Lords.

His most recent visits to the Home of Cricket have been as a player – most memorably in 2009 when his spell of 5-92 inspired England to their first Ashes victory at Lord’s in over 70 years.

This visit to Lord’s is, sadly for England fans, slightly more low-key – but one Flintoff is grateful of nonetheless. Flintoff is accepting his iconic MCC Members’ tie after an offer from the Club of Honorary Honorary Life Membership earlier this year.

"FLINTOFF AT LORD’S"