Weekly Articles "Road to Riches" by Rich 'Tighty' Prew

The Road to Riches Weekend of 25th-26th August

Posted on 24 Aug 2018 09:30 in Weekly Articles "Road to Riches" by Rich 'Tighty' Prew

Coming up this weekend

- Football, the Premier League fixtures include Manchester United v Tottenham on MNF

- Racing, On the flat at Chelmsford, Goodwood, Newmarket, Redcar, Windsor and York. Over the jumps at Cartmel.

- Formula One, the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa

Cricket, Vitality T20 Blast Quarter finals

- Rugby Union, the Rugby Championship continues, New Zealand v Australia and Argentina v South Africa.

Tennis, ATP Winston-Salem Open in North Carolina ahead of the US Open.

Golf, on the European Tour the Czech Masters and on the USPGA the Northern Trust Open in New Jersey.


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Vitality T20 Blast Quarter final: Durham Jets v Sussex Sharks Friday 6.30pm

The knock out stages of this season’s T20 blast began last night with Lancashire beating Kent.

The remaining three games are as follows:

Friday Durham v Sussex

Saturday Worcestershire v Gloucestershire

Sunday Somerset v Notts

This column has an ante-post position running on Sussex, who finished third in the South Group. Sussex won 7 games in the group and lost three, with another four “no result” gams a record in the 13 year history of the competition. If we were to extrapolate their 7-3 win loss record to winning a majority of the rained off games then they would have had a home quarter final but it is part of the variance of the English summer and the competition.

Durham, finishing second in the North group won 9 of their 14 group games. Both sides are stronger bowling sides than batting, the two have the lowest combined bowling averges in the competition. Durham’s batting lynchpin has been New Zealand overseas player Tom Latham with 454 runs including four fifties and a hundred. In their bowling ranks Aussie quick Nathan Rimmington and leggie Imran Tahir (now at the CPL) have combined for 37 wickets Ben Stokes is not available for the quarter final.

Sussex’s batting star has been their number three the exciting Laurie Evans with nearly 500 runs and five fifties but it is the depth of bowling resources that makes them a strong team

Afghan leggie Rashid Khan has dominated every T20 competition he has played (strike rates of sub 20 and economy rates of under 6.5 in each of the IPL, BBL, Caribbean PL, Bangladesh PL and T20 Blast ) and in the group stages here took 17 wickets in 10 innings at an economy rate of six runs per over and Sussex now have to cope without him away on international duty. Jofra Archer who broke through in the Big Bash and is currently qualifying for England also took 17 wickets and the support from T20 specialist Tymal Mills, Chris Jordan and spinner Danny Briggs means they should have all bases covered.

Outright prices here are Durham 6/5 Sussex 4/6

The market I like the look of is top Sussex batsman. Sussex are a far stronger bowling side than a batting one, and this market therefore lacks depth. Veteran international and worldwide T20 player Luke Wright opens the batting and is priced at 11/4 favourite but he has scored 315 runs in the competition this season compared to Evans’ 491 batting at three, Wright having two fewer innings. Evans is available at 100/30.

Evans is one of the emerging players in the format across the 18 counties and is value here on what is usually a very sluggish pitch where power is needed to compile a score quickly. Evans is the power in the Sussex line up.

8 points Laurie Evans Top Sussex batsman T20 Quarter final Durham v Sussex 100/30 Betfred and Betfair Sportsbook/paddyPower


Home and Away

This time it was going to be different (I thought). A hot dry summer had seen county cricket play on parched pitches. India arrived in the UK with spinners causing our batsmen problems in the early tour ODIs, an array of seamers and with a vaunted batting line up.

A month later and writing during the third test, India are two-nil down in a five test series, their batting line up Kohli apart unable to cope with the swinging Duke ball in much more mixed weather than we had before the touring team arrived. India have in the third test just passed 200 for only the second and third times in 11 innings in England, helped this time by a slower pitch that has partially negated the impact of the swing bowling they so struggle with.

The problems of away teams in Test cricket are not new. India struggle over here, England struggle on the sub-continent and this applies across various world teams. Over and above the alien conditions that they are asked to play in there are other reason why this trend is being magnified.

Firstly the big three, England, India and Australia play a lot of cricket often for financial reasons. The schedule is so crowded that gone are the days where touring sides get proper preparation for an away test series. India played one 18-a-side game at Chelmsford in preparation for this series, the first part of their tour being taken up with white ball cricket. In between the second and third Tests, a chance to find some form perhaps? No game for India.

Second technology is a factor. More cricket is being played. Where in previous generations the sort of torrential rain that fell on the second day of the second test at Lords would have seen the end of the days play after 8 overs, with new modern drainage systems the players this time were back out at 5pm.

Thirdly regulations, with the emphasis on value for money for spectators, play can be extended to as late as 7.30pm on some occasions . The use of floodlights, and the difficulty of batting under floodlights with exaggerated red ball movement in England, is another reason why a visiting team might struggle and games might not last as long.

So all these factors are reasons why draws are rarer and rarer, as indeed are Test matches lasting the full five days. The influence of one day cricket has led to higher run rates, captains are more attacking and DRS means dismissals which prior to the introduction of technology umpires wouldn’t countenance.

One analysis recently showed that between 1960-1990 the draw occurred in 45% of Tests, down to 36% in the decade after and 25% in the 200s. From 2013-to date that is down to 18%

At the same time England’s win ratio at home has gone from 23% in the 1980s to 62% in the current decade. India from 19% to 70% and Australia from 35% to 67% in the same timeframes.

Can this be changed? Should measures be put in place to even up the competitive imbalance? Well the trend towards fewer draws isn’t going to change, technological improvement (which helps us see more cricket) isn’t going to be reversed, nor are the attacking players we see develop their skills in one day cricket and most fans aren’t going to want to return to 550-5 declared plays 450 all out match drawn anyway . In terms of home advantage its difficult to see the schedule becoming less crowded so as to afford more preparation time.

In country cricket we are two years into removing the toss in four-day matches, the visiting captain is given the option of bowling first or having the toss as normal to decide which side bats first. The ICC considered this for test cricket this year, and decided not to adopt it. Removing the toss in the County Championship increased the number of games lasting until the fourth day, with 85% going the distance in 2017 compared to 74% in 2015. However, it has not yet led to a rise in away wins. In 2015, before the toss was scrapped, the away side won 45 matches, compared to 33 in 2016 and 36 in 2017.

Perhaps all that practically that can be done is for the ICC to instruct (with penalties if necessary)  home sides on the type of pitches they want to see, but even then that can’t prevent natural factors such as India having to bat in bad weather at Lords, and the sun shining when England came to bat on day three. 

Having been thrashed in the Ashes, England again looked like world-beaters in the early part of the series. Come the Sri Lanka tour later this year on big turning wickets in extreme heat the likelihood is that they will be facing a huge struggle again.

 


 

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The Road to Riches Weekend of 18th-19th August

Posted on 17 Aug 2018 09:47 in Weekly Articles "Road to Riches" by Rich 'Tighty' Prew

Coming up this weekend

- Football, the Premier League fixtures include Chelsea v Arsenal

- Racing, On the flat at Bath, Doncaster, Newbury, Newmarket and Ripon. Over the jumps at Market Rasen and Perth.

Cricket the third Test between England and India continues at Trent Bridge

- Rugby Union, the start of the Rugby Championship, Australia v New Zealand and South Africa v Argentina

Tennis, ATP Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati.

Golf, on the European Tour the Nordea Masters in Sweden, on the USPGA the Wyndham Championship


US Open Tennis (27th Aug - 9th Sep 2018) - by Nigel Seeley

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York Ebor Meeting (Wed 22nd Aug - Sat 25th Aug 2018) - by Neil Channing

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Australia v New Zealand Bledisloe Cup Rugby, Sydney Saturday 18th August 10.45am BST kick off

The 2018 Rugby Championship will be the seventh edition of the expanded annual southern hemisphere tournament featuring Argentina, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.

The tournament continues to use the same sequence of games across the schedule, beginning on the 18 August with Australia hosting reigning champions New Zealand and South Africa hosting Argentina, and ending eight weeks (six rounds and two bye weeks), ending on 6 October

The format for the 2018 tournament retains the previous Championship format that changed in 2017. Each side plays the other once at home, and once away, giving a total of six matches each, and twelve in total. A win earns a team four league points, a draw two league points, and a loss by eight or more points zero league points. A bonus point can be earned in one of two ways: by scoring at least three tries more than the opponent in a match, or by losing within seven points.

New Zealand have won five of the last six editions and Argentina have finished last in five of their six years in the competition.

Outright odds for the Championship are as follows:

New Zealand 1/7

Australia 7/1

South Africa 7/1

Argentina 100/1

There is very little to go at from a betting perspective with New Zealand, the strongest side with enviable depth, very likely winners. Argentina are 2/5 to finish bottom, so also nothing to do there

The first match of the championship is the Bledisloe Cup Match between Australia and New Zealand in Sydney.

New Zealand, who put 127 points on France in their three test summer series, are best priced 2/9 with Bet365 for the match and 11 point handicap favourites at 10/11. They won the corresponding fixture last year by 20 points, then 6 points in the home fixture.

In the winning margin New Zealand are priced at Evens to win by 13 or more and 12/5 to win by 1-12 points with Ladbrokes/Coral

Obviously we don’t want to oppose New Zealand too much but there is a chance this is closer than 13+ implies.

The Waratahs appearance in the semi-finals of this year’s Super Rugby Championship could have a wider impact for the national side. When an Australian side does not figure in the later stage of Super Rugby this has a knock on effect for the national side because almost all the players miss a month of rugby during the play-offs. They rest, but lose match sharpness. Most of New Zealand’s Test players play throughout July and August and are right on it by the time of the traditional Bledisloe Cup curtain raiser to the Championship.

This year the Waratahs, who supplied a dozen of the 23 man squad for the third Test for against Ireland last month will be match fit.  Australia also have the world class back row duo of Hooper and Pocock back in tandem for the first time in over a year and Pocock especially, superb at the breakdown at slowing down opposition ball, has a chance to disrupt possession and make this an attritional rather than open contest. Even so, Australia have plenty of firepower of their own to put up some points, it should be high scoring. As such the 2/1 plus available about New Zealand to win by 1-12 appeals

Recommendation

8 points New Zealand to win by 1-12 points 21/10 Ladbrokes/Coral, 2/1 PaddyPower, 24/13 Sportingbet


 

The Crusades

A fortnight ago the Crusaders won their ninth Super Rugby title

Their impressive season read played 19, won 17, as they dominated the competition throughout.

Their win in the final over the Lions was typical in they had little possession or territory but never looked in trouble as they cruised to victory

The Crusaders’ only defeats this term came in Rounds 4 and 5 – to the Hurricanes and Highlanders – but since that March loss they have rarely been challenged. If Leinster are the most complete outfit in the north then the Crusaders are their southern equivalent.

Their success was built on suffocating defence and a rock sold pack of forwards that set the platform throughout 2018 while the backline boasts a mixture of young talent combined with seasoned veterans such as Ryan Crotty and Bryn Hall, the latter visibly enjoying a new lease of life since his switch from the Blues.

The form of young quartet Scott Barrett, Richie Mo’unga, Jack Goodhue and George Bridge was noteworthy, all names we will be hearing more of at the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

Their coach is Scott Robertson, whose stock has been on a steep upward curve for several years after success at Canterbury and now back-to-back Super Rugby titles at the Crusaders and now in pole position to be the next All Blacks coach . He’s built a team that has an incredible ability to play in any conditions, with little ball, but can also entertain, with Mo’unga at fly half the catalyst of their transition from defence to attack.

There are the hallmarks of a dynasty forming in Christchurch as they made it title number nine. Few would back against them making it 10 next season, for a young side that should suffer few if any defections to the monies of the Northern Hemisphere.

 


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The Road to Riches Week of 11th-12th August

Posted on 9 Aug 2018 13:00 in Weekly Articles "Road to Riches" by Rich 'Tighty' Prew

Coming up this weekend

- Football, the new Premier League season begins

- Racing, On the flat at Ascot, Ayr, Chelmsford City, Haydock, Lingfield, Newmarket and Redcar.

- Cricket the second Test between England and India continues at Lords

Tennis, ATP Rogers Cup in Toronto.

Golf, the PGA Championship at Bellerive CC


US Open Tennis (27th Aug - 9th Sep 2018) - by Nigel Seeley

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York Ebor Meeting (Wed 22nd Aug - Sat 25th Aug 2018) - by Neil Channing

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NFL 2018 – Neil’s Picks

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League Division Two Forest Green Rovers v Oldham Athletic Saturday 3pm

Early season football league games, typically betting fayre on which to tread carefully with little in the way of concrete form to go on and often big turn-overs of playing staffs from season to season. One game stood out to me this weekend though between sides that have been heading in different directions in recent seasons.

Forest Green were promoted from the conference a season ago in their third year of play-off appearances and consolidated last season. They are ambitious, the chairman has had three stars put on the playing kit, one is highlighted, signifying promotion into League two. The other two stars, signifying promotion into League One and then the Championship, are blank. Last week they opened the season away at Grimsby and won 4-1 from a goal down. I won’t profess to be closely acquainted with the club or its players beyond a read of the local press and watching the goals on Quest but the ambition stands out.

Oldham were finally relegated from League one last year having finished 15th or lower for the previous eight seasons and this is their first season in the bottom flight since 1971. They opened the season with a home loss, 2-1 to also relegated MK Dons.

New manager their former player Frankie Bunn said in the summer "We are trying to introduce a winning culture again at the club which has been missing for a number of years." Of course the problem he has is common to many sides at this level, he has to do that with free transfers and young players. The crowd for their first home match of the season was 4,700 indicating finance is likely to remain tight

So for this game prices are Forest Green 6/4+, Oldham 19/10 and the Draw 11/5. At the prices Forest Green stood out.

8 points Forest Green Rovers to beat Oldham Athletic 31/20 Ladbrokes, Sportingbet 6/4 Betfred, William Hill


 

Windows 2018

As week one of the NFL pre-season begins the Arizona Cardinals exist today as a franchise in flux. It wasn't long ago they were the envy of the league.

In 2015 they won 13 regular-season matches, their divisional title, beat the Packers in the play offs and fell to the Panthers in the NFC Conference

Fast-forward to this training camp and many of the stars of that deep run are gone. Quarterback and coach Palmer and Arians have retired. Calais Campbell is a star for the Jags, receiver John Brown is earning rave reviews in Ravens camp and Tyrann Mathieu is a free agent.

Arizona went 15-16-1 over the next two seasons, missing the playoffs each year. Today they are cautionary tale on the fickle nature of The NFL Window (the short period of time a team can contend to win a Superbowl), which many teams contend with due to the nature of the draft and free agency.

They enter this season with a placeholder at quarterback in the injury prone Sam Bradford, a bridge from Carson Palmer to first round draft pick Josh Rosen and a non-quarterback roster that looks to have plenty of holes as free agency and retirements have hit.

What also really set them back was how the 2017 draft turned out. In a radio interview after last year’s draft, then coach Arians said: “We thought last year sitting there [with the No. 13 pick] we were going to have a shot at Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes, I loved both of them.” Both the Chiefs and Texans traded up for their young franchise quarterbacks that year right in front of the Cardinals at No. 13 and both look like future stars.

The league is designed to produce parity and it takes something quite exceptional (Belichek/Brady being the obvious example) to produce a dynasty that produces multi-season success..

The Patriots greatest accomplishment is their unprecedented ability to keep The Window open for nearly two decades, achieved by simultaneously employing the greatest quarterback ever and the best head coach/modern team builder ever.

For the coming season, who is in The Window apart from the Patriots?. The Eagles just won the Superbowl and their roster appears built for an extended run. The Steelers, while not at the Patriots' level, have done well being perennial contenders in the Big Ben era. The Saints and Rams appear well set up. The Jaguars may be at the start of theirs

The most fascinating case, however, might be the Vikings a very deep and talented roster with many major players under control through the end of 2020. They’ve brought in Kirk Cousins as the “final piece” for this season.


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The Road to Riches Weekend of 4th-5th August

Posted on 3 Aug 2018 12:10 in Weekly Articles "Road to Riches" by Rich 'Tighty' Prew

Coming up this weekend

- Football, the new Football League season begins

- Racing, On the flat at Chelmsford City, Doncaster, the final day of Glorious Goodwood, Hamilton, Lingfield, Newmarket and Thirsk.

- Cricket the first Test between England and India continues at Edgbaston

Rugby Union, the Super Rugby final between the Crusaders and the Lions

Tennis, ATP Citi Open in Washington and ATPs in Mexico and Kitzbuhel.

Golf, the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone CCe.


US Open Tennis (27th Aug - 9th Sep 2018) - by Nigel Seeley

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York Ebor Meeting (Wed 22nd Aug - Sat 25th Aug 2018) - by Neil Channing

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Super Rugby 2018 Final Crusaders v Lions Saturday 4th August 08.35am BST

The Lions from the South African conference and the Crusaders from the New Zealand conference meet in the Super Rugby final in Christchurch on Saturday, these two sides were the top two in the season long league table and this is a repeat of last year’s final in Johannesburg, won by the Crusaders 25-17 playing against 14 men for much of the game.

In their semi final against the Waratahs one of the most impressive things for the Lions was that they were 14-0 down after 10 minutes and then won the next 70 minutes 44-12 running in six tries.

Of course giving probably the best non-international side in the World the Crusaders a two try lead is something entirely different. Working in their favour in the semi was that they used their fitness at altitude. Christchurch is not at altitude so they need to start faster as trying to chase down the Crusaders from behind on the scoreboard is something that no team has managed in 2018

The Crusaders dismantled the Hurricanes 30-12 with a dominating forward performance,suffocating defence and brilliant discipline only giving away four penalties in the game. Fly half Richie Mo-unga has had a sensational season and there is chatter that he may win the 10 shirt ahead of Beauden Barrett for the upcoming Rugby Championship. Understandably enough, at home, the Crusaders are strong favourites to win another title, 1/9 outright and -18 on the handicap

The Lions do have some outstanding performers. For example hooker Malcolm Marx and flanker Kwagga Smith are tremendous but what isn’t in their favour is that international fly-half Elton Jantjes is off form and they will need him to improve to stand a chance.

-18 is a big points handicap especially for a final but the Crusaders are a dominant side at home with an 11-0 record as the head-to-head favourite at AMI Stadium. Looking into this a bit deeper, quarter by quarter at home this season:

Q1 96 points scored, 37 conceded

Q2 93-70

Q3 60-43

Q4 131-29

They start well, and finish strong. These two sides last met back in April, a game the Crusaders won 14-8. Missed tackles and a lack of the ball, especially in their own half, hurt the Lions dearly. On a positive note though, the Lions forced the Crusaders into 11 handling errors and 12 penalties

If this game was played on a neutral ground, you’d give the Lions a big chance, but away in New Zealand, a country the Lions haven’t won in all season, it’s tough to see it happening. I expect the Crusaders to win by 2-3 scores

8 points Crusaders to win the Super Rugby final by 11-20 points 3/1 Betfair Sportsbook and PaddyPower


Ripped

Last week I watched as Jon Rahm pulled a driver out of the bag at the first at Carnoustie and almost casually drove it 400+ yards onto the green. Brooks Koepka managed it twice in his first three holes. Of course a traditional course and firm conditions helped but it brought to mind a quote from a golf architect

"Something has to stop changing, and soon, or we'll no longer recognise the courses and the game we love."

While the top players on tour have been constant with an average of about 315 yards off the tee, the averages of the moderately long hitters on tour have increased substantially: In 1997, the 50th-ranked player averaged 272 yards. By 2002, the distance had risen to 285. In 2012, it was 294 and this year it is over 300 yards. This points to a fundamental shift in the way the game is played at the professional level: the “let it rip” player is becoming the rule, rather than the exception. Shot-making is now a rarity on many courses. The USPGA tour in particular has become a pitch-and-putt exhibition of booming drives and high-lofted approach shots.

A letter published in the Telegraph by a group of golf architects and writers raised the following points: Increased golf ball distance have made safety margins on many golf courses obsolete, necessitating costly course modifications for golfers' safety. Additionally, a golf ball that goes further necessitates longer golf courses, which in turn necessitates an increase in capital investment (labour, materials and water).

The authorities in many cases take to altering classic courses to boost their defences against distance but the first path is usually to make the rough more penal. A second, as at the US Open earlier this summer, was to trick up pin placements and speed up the greens. This approach is easier than taking the radical step of taming development of the ball. Meanwhile Callaway has created a Chrome Soft ball infused with graphene, the world’s strongest and thinnest known material.

For equipment and ball manufacturers in a competitive industry propelling the ball a long way has become an end in itself enabling the biggest hitters to hit the ball further and further. Obviously on top of that advances in training and conditioning are contributing too.

From the 1930s to the mid-Nineties, golf equipment evolved only in minor increments, so that courses needed little adjustment to cope with any kind of tournament. That has been succeeded by exponential technological change. Tiger Woods said earlier this year

“Now, if you want to have a championship venue, the course has to be 7,400-7,800 yards long and if the game keeps progressing the way it is, the 8,000-yarder is not too far away. 

Of course there are natural defences, weather being the main one and the length of players these days has brought parts of old courses into play so for example at Carnoustie players were playing a majority of tee shots with irons as to blast away with the driver meant out-hitting fairways and finding oft neglected pot bunkers. On some of the parkland course though players can let it rip, pitch and putt and the spectacle itself is less varied as a result.   


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The Road to Riches 28th-29th July

Posted on 27 Jul 2018 09:11 in Weekly Articles "Road to Riches" by Rich 'Tighty' Prew

Coming up this weekend

- Racing, On the flat at Ascot, Chester, Lingfield, Newcastle, Newmarket, Salisbury and York.

Rugby Union, Super Rugby Semi finals

Formula One, the Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest

Tennis, ATP Atlanta, Gstaad and Hamburg Opens.

Golf, the RBC Canadian Open and the Porsche European Open.


US Open Tennis (27th Aug - 9th Sep 2018) - by Nigel Seeley

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Goodwood Festival (31st July - 4th August 2018) - by Neil Channing

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York Ebor Meeting (Wed 22nd Aug - Sat 25th Aug 2018) - by Neil Channing

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Free tip

Cricket England v India Test series Preview

India have arrived with arguably their best equipped squad in recent times and we could witness a classic contest in the second half of the cricketing summer

The test schedule is as follows

Aug 1st Edgbaston

Aug 9th  Lord's

Aug 18th Trent Bridge

Aug 30th Southampton

Sep 7th Oval

Last time India toured England they were all at sea on green seaming pitches. Four years on they are the number one Test team in the World. India are now a significant challenge for any opposition whether home or away although much of India’s dominance in the format is in home conditions.

India have only won Test series in England three times in their history most recently in 2007 but this time feels different.  This is the most well balanced, well drilled, fittest squad that has toured here. They have the perfect balance between youth and experience, and with England’s Test team far from settled, we could be in for a close fought series. 

England are odds on to win the series, this feels incorrect given the talent in the teams, the hot weather leading to dry pitches and suiting India’s spinners with whom England have really struggled in the first part of the tour, particularly the leg spinner Kuldeep Yadav.

Sachin Tendulkar was interviewed this week and says he regards Kuldeep as a special talent and ready for Test cricket, his opportunities previously limited by Ashwin and Jadeja

“I have always maintained that he’s ready for the longest version of the game and that will be the most challenging one. I think he’s ready. Looking at his repertoire, he has the capability to go there and compete, without any doubt.”

Tendulkar believes the heat wave that has struck England this summer could bring India’s spinners into the game, tilting the scales decisively in India’s favour and I agree.

Kuldeep picked up nine wickets in the three-match ODI series and five from two matches in the Twenty20 International series against England before the Tests.

As the bilateral series wore on England began to read the spinner slightly better but the Test batting line-up is different to the limited overs unit. Kuldeep spins it both ways and with an identical action its very tough to read his googly. On August pitches (and England have hinted at what type of pitches they will be, recalling Adil Rashid to red ball cricket), he’ll be a real factor.

He has played two Tests to date, against Australia in Dharamsala and against Sri Lanka in Pallekele, taking nine wickets with best figures of 4/40.

England at odds on is price for the first part of a summer, green pitches and exposing India in unfamiliar conditions. In this summer, with parched squares and brown outfields India have conditions as good as they can be for an overseas tour outside the sub-continent.

India should be backed to win the series at 3.1 on the Exchange

10 points India to win the England Test Series 3.1 Betfair 2/1 Bet365


Shouting at clouds

As a hot summer trundles on further details are emerging of the ECB’s proposed new “The Hundred” competition, set to be introduced with 8 franchise teams from 2020 and which has been met with almost universal derision by regular cricket watchers, though perhaps that is not surprising. The aim after all is to reach a new audience.

According to the most recent plans "overs" will be bowled in blocks of five, with 10 balls from each end and bowlers permitted to deliver two sets in succession. The notion of one single 10-ball over at the end of the innings has been abandoned and it had been assumed that an even spread of 20 five-ball overs would be the next logical step.

However, the tournament's planners have come up with a new idea, as they attempt to shoehorn a match into a two-and-a-half-hour window.

Each innings of 100 balls will be divided into 20 sets of five, but unlike the traditional dynamic of the game consecutive "overs" will be bowled from the same end. Furthermore, one bowler will be entitled to bowl back-to-back "overs", rather than having to wait for a team-mate to complete a set before returning. Bowlers will be permited a maximum of four "overs" each.

The format will be trialled at Trent Bridge, for men, and Loughborough, for women, in September. It is suggested that the trial will involve teams of 15 a side too.

Meanwhile current cricket formats have been prospering this summer. Attendances were even up for the 50 over Royal London Cup, a competition shoehorned into the off-peak part of the summer and with mostly midweek matches; The early stages of the T20 Blast are showing the same. The international white‑ball matches have been sell-outs, though India being the visitors helps. The Test series against India, five tests starting at the beginning of August, is as box office as Tests get, the Ashes apart. It is only really the terrible scheduling of the four day game, with the majority of matches in April/May and September that rankles.

For cricket lovers, of which I am unashamedly one (possibly because at Grace Road, Leicester on a Wednesday afternoon this season I was referred to as “young un”!) the advent of The Hundred creates as much excitement and bewilderment as arguments over Brexit; A good percentage do not want it to happen and those of us who don’t are reduced to pining for the least worst option and effectively shouting at clouds that ”it’s going to be a disaster” at an audience that isn’t listening. Of course that applies here because the Hundred is not designed for cricket lovers.

The acceptance of the notion that a whole new audience will be enticed by five‑ball overs and 100 balls is a triumph for those in marketing but only if they have factored in the alienation of the many cricket fans, especially in the shires, who have no intention of watching contrived teams with which they have no affinity in a shortened game miles from home.

As one columnist wrote last week

"There’s scarcely been a better time to be a follower of English cricket. And yet, from the way the ECB talks about its existing audience in opposition to its new, target audience, you would be forgiven for thinking we existed in two different universes."

The real problem is it will condemn The Blast to second class status. This will sow the seeds of destruction of an 18 County system. Counties will from 2020 be supported by £1.3m ECB handouts for NOT playing cricket, the thin end of a very thick wedge.


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