Cricket Blog Links

As part of the redesign of Flintoffs Ashes I’ve just spent some time updating the site blogroll. There were some sites on there which hadn’t been updated for ages so I removed them.

Imagine that. A cricket blog. That rarely gets updated? Who would do such a thing? Tsssk tsssk…

Anyways, I got rid of all the dead wood and replaced them with some most excellent blogs:

The Wisden Cricketer Blog

Cricket With Balls

Cricket = Action = Art

Last of the Summer Whine

Miss Field’s Cricket Blog – sorry it took me so long, Missy :oops:

Republique Cricket

If you run a cricket blog that you’d like to be considered for a spot on the blogroll drop me a line. There are no guarantees – it all depends on whether I like the cut of your jib. Rather than just create a long list of cricket blogs, I’d rather add blogs that I think the readers of Flintoffs Ashes would like. Both of them.

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Flintoffs Ashes New Look

As you can see, Flintoffs Ashes has undergone something of a dramatic refurb over the last couple of days. I’d figured it was time for a bit of a freshen up and after breaking the database thought now was as good a time as any to do it. After all, how else were we supposed to celebrate Lord Freds glorious 9 runs against the Saffers today?

If you’re reading this via RSS, you need to get your butt over here and have a look around otherwise you’ll miss out on features such as the spiffing new front page, the cricket videos, the clever captions and..ermm..well everything else.

Talking of RSS, we’re trying to make life easier for you to subscribe to Flintoffs Ashes. You need never miss a single post (i.e. our monthly output) by getting it delivered straight to your inbox. That’s right! Just fill in your email address in that handy little form at the top and – bosh – latest posts hand delivered to your inbox and, let’s face it, who doesn’t hand a personal hand job?

Not only that but you can get all the latest comments and posts through your feed reader with our spanking new FeedBurner account (which replaces the old, slightly naused up FeedBurner account). So if you’re using the old feed, drop it in the bin daddio and come on over to the bright side of the street by clicking on one of those little orange buttons.

So what else have we done? Well there’s obviously the new featured video section in the sidebar which currently features Freddies famous bit of sledging from the West Indies Test at Lords’ and there’s going to be a new feature launched in the next few weeks called Twatter. We’re just ironing out some of the bugs at the moment.

There’s bound to be some teething problems as the new system beds in so if you see anything amiss, please feel sure to drop us a line and we’ll try to fix it. For example some of the older cricket videos might not work anymore but we’re too lazy to look we haven’t had a chance to check all of the old posts.

On top of all that I’m also looking at opening Flintoffs Ashes up to guest writers. Do you have something to say about the state of English cricket, world cricket or the price of a pint of Kronenbourg in the Coach and Horses? Whatever you’ve got to say, we’d like to hear it. If you fancy being a contributor to the site, drop us a line.

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Vaughan Quits As England Captain

Michael Vaughan has quit as England captain after the series defeat against South Africa. In an emotional press conference he explains that his mind was simply not on the job any more and that it was time to take a break from cricket.

Firstly I want to thank Vaughan for all the good times, not least of all the Ashes victory in ’05. From a long suffering England cricket fan, it was great to witness the little urn coming home after all those years. Outside of that I think that Vaughan and, to a certain extent Nasser Hussain, put cricket back on the back pages of the papers and into the public eye once more so we should be grateful for his contribution.

Why has he stood down? Well he says that it’s because his mind is fried but I think it has more to do with the girly haircut he developed whilst convalescing after this knee injury. It’s a bit of a noncey haircut, Michael, and I’m sure that if you’d cut your hair before the NZ tour that you’d still be in a job but there you go.

Paul Collingwood has also been told to quit stepped down as one day captain so the current debate is about who will take over as both Test and ODI captain. Geoff Miller has said that he wants one man to do both jobs and it seems that the current consensus is that Kevin Pietersen is that man.

Well here at Flintoffs Ashes we have a different opinion and think that we have the perfect contender for the role and it might not be who you think…
Read more…

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Freddie Flintoff Is Back!

Freddie Flintoff bowls the perfect yorker to dismiss Jacques Kallis

It’s been a long time since England saw Freddie Flintoff at his best but his display in the final session of the day against South Africa suggests that he’s back. Quite how Aleem Dar managed to give Jacques Kallis not out LBW is beyond me but, as the guys over at King Cricket suggest (and who also provided this most excellent picture), all it did was fire Flintoff up and the resulting passage of play was fantastic to watch.

Can England claw their way back into the match and secure a series levelling win? The bookies have them 16/5 and the weather forecast suggests that, with the exception of some light showers on Sunday, that we’re likely to get a full Test match. With the Saffers 1/2 to win the match if you stuck ¬£15 on them and a fiver on England, you’re guaranteed a profit. I can’t see the game ending a draw. Can you?

Looking at the picture above still makes me question the selection decisions for this match. Collingwood came in because they wanted a batsman who could bowl a bit. The guys is horrendously out of form. And he’s ginger so why didn’t they go for a player who is averaging 25.66 with the bat and 27.88 with the ball for his county side? A young player who looks like he has some potential. In fact one who has shown promise against the touring side in the past. He’s batted 3 times against them and has an average of 80.0. Sure he’s not done so well with the ball but Collingwood has a Test average of 49.07 so maybe it was worth giving him a call.

His name?

Stuart Broad.

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