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.
Andrew Strauss has made a brave and sensible decision which will help the England selectors to start planning for the next World Cup in four years’ time.
For the first time in the modern era, England are in a position to establish a dynasty of Ashes dominance.
England can lose this series only if they bat badly and suddenly become ill-disciplined or play flashy, chancy shots.
I have never seen a Brisbane pitch as dead as the one that saw 624 runs scored for two wickets by both teams in the first Test.
Now that the dust has settled on the four Test series in South Africa it’s time to take a closer look at England’s performance. On the face of it drawing the rubber 1-1 is a good result but to be honest we could have lost it 3-1 and probably should have. We were lucky enough [...]
Richie Benaud used to say that, as a captain, it’s better to be lucky than good. His line came back to me this week, because even Andrew Strauss would have to admit that the gods have smiled on England so far in this series.
This is a huge tour for England, and unless there are a few injuries in the South African ranks – or some hefty slices of luck going Andrew Strauss’s way – I can’t say I’m feeling too confident about their prospects.
It’s a fantastic achievement by England to win the Ashes, and we’re all thrilled to bits. Like the last home series four years ago, it was a contest of tiny margins.
If I were Stuart Broad I would be making sure that Andrew Flintoff has got plenty of ice to put on that dicky right knee. Because Broad’s place in this England team could depend on Flintoff being able to deliver a full complement of overs.