Dan Haygarth reviews the latest Amazon Prime sports documentary, which charts the Australian cricket time over a testing year
“50 years from now, Britain will still be the country of long shadows on county (cricket) grounds, warm beer, invincible green suburbs, dog lovers, and – as George Orwell said – old maids bicycling to Holy Communion through the morning mist,” said former British Prime Minister John major in 1993. Interestingly, this was his vision of Britain in Europe. However, does his view of English county grounds reflecting the British character still resonate nearly 30 years on?
As this year (and decade come to think of it) comes to a close, we are at that stage where one the year’s biggest events occurs that signifies everything good that has happened in British sport over the past twelve months.
New Zealand v England cricket: Second test, day three recap as Root and Burns centuries boost England’s victory chances
Today’s play is one of the few in this series where England can say they held the advantage, though much more will be required to win this test match and square the series in Hamilton as the tourists reached 269-5, still 106 runs behind New Zealand.
New Zealand opener Tom Latham racked up his fifth test century in only ten innings on a truncated first day of the second test at Seddon Park in Hamilton overnight.
The first day of New Zealand’s test summer was an attritional one for both sides but England will be the happier of the two going into day two at Mount Maunganui.
Jonny Bairstow produced a delightful display of batting to give England a 7-wicket victory over the West Indies in the first one day international at Old Trafford.
Comment: Man Utd’s Rooney undoubtedly an England legend, FIFA rankings a sham, Stokes ‘stop’ just not cricket
Wayne Rooney’s penalty against San Marino, a team who boast just a single victory from 129 matches, was hardly the most auspicious manner in which to make history – a fact that most observers have used to discredit the 29-year-old’s accomplishment.
England one-day international skipper Eoin Morgan is backing powerful opener Alex Hales to take his limited-overs form into the Test arena this winter.