From Ian Bell’s epic innings to Stuart Broad’s bowling heroics, Geoffrey Boycott looks at the highs of England’s Test cricket summer and what the future holds.
I am thrilled and delighted by the England team’s performances this summer. But it is a shame that they have risen to No 1 in the world in an era when other countries’ Test teams are declining.
The England team are in a very healthy situation. They should polish India off in the second Test and press home the advantage they gained at Lord’s, which marked the beginning of the end for India as the world’s No 1 Test team.
In his regular CricInfo ‘Bowl at Boycs’ feature, Geoff Boycott discusses the best-led teams in the World Cup, Yorkshire’s chances in the County Championship, Australia’s selection debate and how to improve one’s game on the off side.
Before the final everyone was talking about the big two, Muttiah Muralitharan and Sachin Tendulkar. Could Murali go out with a big bang? Or Tendulkar score his hundredth hundred and make a billion people happy? No. To both.
India are not a team that play well under pressure but I believe they are capable of handling the hype to become the first team to win the World Cup in their own country.
Today’s semi-final is about as big as cricket gets. Pakistan against India is a match that brings in history, politics and huge nationalistic passions. Let’s hope the game lives up to its billing.
In his regular CricInfo ‘Bowl at Boycs’ feature, Geoff Boycott discusses the World Cup semi-finals, Ponting’s future, Shoaib’s unfulfilled talent, and his memories of the late Fred Titmus.
Working out in India commentating and writing about the tournament the question I am most asked about is my views on the Indian team – so here they are.
There is never a dull moment watching England. They are not the best one-day side in the world but they are definitely entertaining.keep looking »