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All The Cricket Action Is Now On ‘ESPN+’, NOT ‘Willow TV’; ‘Willow’ TV Is Sucking Wind.

by Anura Guruge



There is plenty of LIVE cricket again
BUT NOT on Willow TV.


It would appear that Willow TV screwed up BIG TIME when it came to getting 2021 cricket series coverage licenses.

They have NO REAL, i.e., MEN’s International, cricket for the next 3.5-months. But, in the meantime some hard to ignore series are taking place: West Indies vs Sri Lanka T20 & Australia vs New Zealand. In past years these would have been on Willow TV. They had the ‘franchise’ for all those countries. But, not right now.

So, a BIG Heads Up. Don’t sign-up (or RENEW) Willow TV before checking what is coming up.

I was FORCED to check ESPN+. 12-, 13-years ago ESPN+ carried a lot of cricket. Then the likes of Willow stepped in. The tide seems to be turning again.

So, as I said, a Heads Up.


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by Anura Guruge

England & West Indies Players & Umpires Take A Knee At The 1st Test — I CRIED!

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I have always said it, & I will gladly & proudly say it again. There is no other game like cricket. Push comes to shove we still always strive to ‘make it cricket‘. A genuine gentleman’s game — in the sense of ‘good manners’ & sportsmanship. Yes, yes, yes … we have had our incidents.

But, this was TRULY special.

I cried. Tears poured down my face. I was happy!

Very well organized & orchestrated. All the Windies had thin black gloves that they wore on their upraised, clenched fist arm. Very moving.

This was good for cricket. This was good for the World. Shame that Trump would NOT even understand. His loss.

Thank you, ALL.

This is why I truly love cricket.

#BlackLivesMatter.


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What The Heck Is Wrong With The South African Cricket Team — Is It Voodoo?

by Anura Guruge



Click to access my post from 4-months ago.


From: cricinfo.com.


Given the amount of cricket I watch, I have seen a lot of teams — and the recent West Indies team readily comes to mind — play horribly. But, the South African performance against Australia in the 1st T20 was beyond comprehension. It was an absolute, bloody abortion. Jesus wept. I nearly did too.

Yes, there is definite Munda Logic — i.e., African thought process, or, in this instance, to be precise, lack of thought process all together. I think the world of Quinton de Kock. But, as captain he is demonstrating what used to be joked about him. He is NO intellectual. He seems utterly lost as captain.

The dropped bloody catches. I have never seen anything like that?

I don’t believe in that mumbo jumbo, but many of them do and is it possible that they think that they are under a Voodoo spell. Sire played like they were under a dark cloud.

Yes, then there is the possibility of CORRUPTION and match-fixing!

What is going on right now is NOT right. Something is very, very WRONG.

I am very upset. I like this team, BUT not when they play like this — like a bunch of teenage girls all having their monthlies at the same time.


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by Anura Guruge

South Africa Deserved To Be Creamed By India In The 1st Test; Their 2 Fast Bowlers Lack Any Venom.

by Anura Guruge


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Rabada & Philander hardly bowled a single venomous bouncer between them in their combined 46-overs. It was pathetic. Rohit Sharma can be susceptible to good bouncers early on. He is a compulsive hooker and puller. So, what did these two clowns do, they just kept on giving him good-length balls.

You are allowed one bouncer per over and it is worth the no-ball to stick another in.

My buddies Andy Roberts and Malcolm Marshall would have been peppering the Indians.

What has happened to cricket? Bloody helmets.

Bouncers are going out of fashion. We saw it in the World Cup and even in the Ashes. Yes, see what happened to Steve Smith. One good bouncer. That is all it takes.

But, how many bouncers did we see. NOT MANY.

Yes, I came of edge, with the West Indies 1976 — 1980s. Bouncers were the stock in trade.

South Africa would have done so much better if they peppered the Indian batsman with at least one bouncer an over.

I am very fond of the South Africans. But, they are driving me to distraction.

They have to reexamine their game and attitude towards it.


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West Indies’ New 308lbs ‘Rahkeem Cornwall’ Looks Out Of Place In A Test Match.

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Never heard of him. Saw him for the first time when I watched the highlights of the 1st day of the West Indies vs. India 2nd Test.

Yes, he took the catch for the dismissal of the first Indian wicket. I thought my eyes were deceiving me. Thought he had to be a substitute and even that surprised me. I can’t remember seeing any fat West Indian cricketers. Then he came onto bowl — spin, of course. This guy can’t run.

Yes, he was involved in three wickets — two catches and one as a bowler.

But, this to I is not right. He won’t be able to run! That is not fair on others.

Yes, though his batting was entertaining I always found Afghanistan’s Mohammad Shahzad incongruous. He did not look like a cricketer and that kind of came to be in the last 18-months. He basically couldn’t play cricket.

Yes, I am old enough to remember and to have even seen Colin Milburn. But, that was a different era and Colin was fairly fit.

This guy, however, in my opinion, is the last straw for the still struggling West Indies cricket team. He looks a joke. I am SORRY.


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2019 Cricket World Cup: English Rain Is Going To Make This World Cup A Mockery.

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Click here for the ORIGINAL.


Three matches rained off ALREADY and they are expecting MORE rain this week — never mind the two weeks ahead.

I gather no other ICC Cricket World Cup had 3 matches abandoned due to rain.

There is one thing that we all know: it RAINS in England. That was a given. Arranging this tournament without a rain-day provision was ludicrous. It is going to distort the rankings and thus make a mockery of the whole World Cup.

Sri Lanka is racking up more points thanks to the rain than they were likely to get by playing these games.

West Indies could suffer.

South Africa is doomed, methinks.

This is CRAZY. I am NOT happy. Plus, I haven’t seen any cricket in 2-day! Yikes. Having withdrawals!


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2019 Cricket World Cup: West Indies, Again, Prove That Fast, Short-Pitched Bowling Gets Wickets (& Is EXCITING).

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. Ahhh!


Click to ENLARGE. Now those are what I call decent bowling figures.


Click to ENLARGE. Look him up.


Wow, the West Indies showed GLIMPSES of their fast bowling legacy from the 1970s. It was FUN.

I like aggressive, short-pitched bowling. I grew up in that era — and it was also before the DREADED helmets.

Fast, well-directed, short-pitched bowling works, despite the helmets. Pakistan was all at sea, and that should not have been. It was not pretty.

That the WHOLE game lasted less than 50 overs is a crime. Folks paid good money to see the game. But, they got to see some good cricket.

Yesterday, I criticized South Africa’s Ngidi & Rabada for NOT being able to bowl effective short-pitched, throat balls. They bowled like girls. The West Indians showed how it should be done.


I was genuinely excited when I saw that Nicholas Pooran was in the side. I had seen him before and he is quite the talent. This boy can bat.

After a streaky start he showed what he is capable of. Wow. Hope we get to see some even longer innings from him.

Though it was too short for my liking, it was a good match. I enjoyed it. Felt sorry for poor Safraz. His side was totally out-gunner.


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Another Cricket World Cup Is Upon Us: Rejoice, Enjoy, Celebrate — May 30 to July 14, 2019.

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Click to ENLARGE. My ‘buddies’.


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48 Matches, in total, May 30 to July 14 (Final).

Essentially a match day.

GOOD TV (Roku) coverage in the U.S. with Willow TV.

[Do NOT bother with Hotstar unless you are Indian or have a low IQ.]

I plan to watch the highlights of all 48-matches on Willow TV.

I was there at the 1979 & 1983 FINALS at Lord’s.

Watched 2015, 2011 & 2007 on TV.

So let’s get ready.

Today is the DAY.

Enjoy.

Cheers.


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