Ever tried to sort 18 teams into an order? Relegating two of them whilst promoting two others?
It’s madness. Especially when the unlikeliest of heroes can suddenly emerge to lift a team’s season and a broken schedule can warp a team’s hopes in a spring downpour or a sudden burst of fortune on green-tinged surfaces can shift the pendulum of momentum.
Never the less, one must soldier on and embrace the fact he must write a list which will doubtless make him look silly in September:
After an ‘extended tea break’, One Stump Short returns ahead of the new County cricket season, with Essex out to retain their title, Warwickshire and Middlesex looking to bounce back and the standard hand wringing over what to do with the limited overs game in England.
To mark our return to the crease, we’ve worked with cricket’s favourite number to produce a lovely little recap of six of the biggest stories we missed while we were eating Ginster’s pasties and complaining how cold it was:
There is never a better opportunity to reinforce your England credentials than when the Sky TV cameras are in attendance.
In taking 4-19 as Yorkshire beat Durham by 24 runs in the T20 Blast, Adil Rashid ensured his international credentials – or lack thereof – were firmly thrust back in to the limelight ahead of the Third Test against South Africa.
But the 29-year-old remains a divisive figure among armchair selectors – though it is not entirely clear why.
An England team winning the World Cup is a rare thing.
In my life time I can only think of four occasions where an England team (or any other home nation for that matter) has won a World Cup – the 2003 Rugby World Cup and, now, a third ICC Women’s World Cup.
Sunday’s victory for Heather Knight and her team was not just significant because, as a sporting nation, we so rarely get to celebrate team success of this nature, but also because of the opportunities it has now presented.
Nottinghamshire were dealt a double blow earlier this week when batsmen Greg Smith and Michael Lumb both announced their immediate retirement from professional cricket.
Whilst Lumb was forced to hang up his spikes due to injury, Smith opted to begin the next chapter in his life by pursuing an opportunity away from cricket.
But at 37 and 28 respectively, both still have the majority of their working lives ahead of them.