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Yes!!!!!!!!! Somehow it was always known that Colly would be the man to captain a no nonsense England side that would actually make it to a World final.  It was just written that he would; and you just knew all that grittyness would get there one day….he just needed a team of like-minded henchmen.  It has taken time and not a few false starts, and even a spot of IPL madness for some of the team members, but they have made it.

A novelty certainly, and really rather nice.  Bring on Sunday and the final!

And yes, I have always thought of Mike Yardy as a bit of a limited overs bowling ninja… I know this is not a widely held belief ….

Day two – Trott opens for England. 33 balls later Trott is finally off the mark with one run.

It took Tamim 34 balls to get his 50!  At the end of day two Trotty is still there; 64 runs off of 64 overs.  Did you think test cricket was going to be a breeze for England in Bangladesh?

Now that a form of cricket is on real TV I feel duty bound to watch, Bollywood pompom fluff or not.  I have never seen any IPL action to date but decided on Kolkata before the first year started – hence not being able to support wor Colly n the Devils, which I probably would have done if he had played in that first year, although I also like the look of Mumbai this year.

I chose Kolkata for non team reasons mainly because I really like Kolkata as a city.  In fact I really like Bengal and the NE Indian states.  So no Durham players but fits in the the NE thing – so there is tenuous for you.  I quite like Kartik and he has been with them from the start

We have the important stuff covered: the good name – Ganguly, the weird spinner – Mendis, the luxuriant hair-do that is Ishant Sharma, the too laid back for his own good Gayle and the ‘if he ever gets to bowl I will be gob-smacked and faint’ – Bond.  [he is not listed on their website strangely as he seemed to be quite an expensive buy – the invisible man even!]

So onward until the County season starts – then I’ll be hoping that young Stokes decides it’s his ambition to play in the big time, and bats like he’s on an Indian flat track all season [hopefully dismissing all bowling as easily], now that would be something to look forward to.

No matter if it’s limited overs or Test cricket Tendulkar can pull the goods out of the bag.  Today it was the first double century in a one day match, against strong opposition; the South Africans.  Well done Sir!  [And that was some wagon wheel too!]

And yes – a picture of Tendulkar as a Test bowler – what else did you expect from this blog?

Yet another thrilling match,  with a fantastic home following at Eden Gardens spurring on their team.  India retain the top Ranked Test Team spot.

With 5 for 59 in the last innings and 8 wickets for the match the Terbanator,  Bhajji is back in business. Not to mention the truly daring do from  ‘Man of the Series’ Mr Amla, yet again.

A two match series with two result matches, these tests were scheduled at the last minute as an afterthought.

And the masses are now saying is that all there is – just two Tests – it was just warming up!

5 Tests is where it’s at!

Day 1, 2nd Test Kolkata – India v South Africa. After a couple of smooth centuries it all kicked off.  The Turbanator was on a hat trick – the crowd was going crazy, really crazy!  This was a Test in India and there was a crowd.  There was plenty of action and the crowd was right in there.  Isn’t this how it is meant to be?

It was a Sunday, it may even have been a bank holiday…..but there were pretty much as many people there today on day 2.

Appropriate February weather, an inner city venue easy to get to, Kolkata has it, what does that tell you?

Yes the big O has gone back to his roots.  Finally it seems that Otis Gibson [Durham Legend] will become head coach for the West Indies Cricket Board.  So good luck Otis – will miss you.

Kyle is keeping himself busy as a Scotland international player.  He took 2 wickets in the Kenya v Scotland ICC Intercontinental Cup match in Nairobi.  Scotland won by 8 wickets.