James Buttler, the Cricket Badger, is joined by Gary Barwell, the Head Groundsman at Edgbaston to fight back against criticism of pitches during the 2019 Cricket World Cup. The barb that stung the most was from Mark Butcher on Twitter which read “Sorry, but pitches have been garbage this tournament.” A classic Twitter row ensued, of which you can view the full fiery exchange below.
Other points of conversation include: the job, the pride at turning out a belting wicket and the hard work the ground staff around the country put in. On this podcast, Gary fights back in defence of the unsung cricketing heroes across the nation.
Smith underwent a “precautionary scan” of his neck that thankfully had not revealed any structural damage.
“I think it was important that we bounced back strongly after Edgbaston and I think we’ve certainly done that.”
Jofra Archer has changed the mood if not the scoreline.
Steve Smith out, Marnus Labuschagne in.
Woakes enjoyed Archer v Smith just as much as the rest of us.
The marquee might read England v Australia, but we all know it’s Steve Smith v Jofra Archer
Thankfully, Smith appears to have suffered no lasting damage.
Olly Stone has been ruled out of the rest of the season with a partial lower back stress fracture.
It’ll take a superb spell of bowling or a shambolic batting collapse for either side to win from here.
Click to see Steve Smith’s ‘cat on a hot tin roof’ impression.