Cricket : New Zealand v England
England renew there battle with the Kiwi’s in what is turning into an enthralling Test Series between two teams which seem unable to put together a run of form – making predictions so difficult to make. The England selectors have made some bold moves dropping some of the more established bowlers to give the “young kids on the block” a chance to shine while New Zealand has a very good crop of younger players coming through the ranks and they seem certain to give England a stern test in what promises to be an interesting battle.
English cricket has been through the mill for the last few years and while they have changed the players and the selectors, nothing has really materialised as yet. Top bowlers like Steve Harmison have gone off the boil, batsmen such as “Freddie” Flintoff have been dogged by injury for a number of years and there are real concerns that these two in particular may not be able to recapture their form of past seasons.
The problem which the England selectors have is one of who to actually bring in to replace the older members of the team, because unfortunately England have relied on these players for so long that nobody really thought about looking around for the future. Money has become paramount to the game and the sponsors want the big names to be on show to attract the crowds. Central contracts were awarded to many stars that seemed to be nearing the end of their better years, meaning that there was less cash and fewer contracts available for those up and coming players.
Now is the time when England cricketers need to grasp the nettle, pick up the baton and take the game to the opposition. Even if they go down fighting it will be a major improvement on some of the efforts we have seen over the last three or four years. Now is the time to stand up and be counted!