Posts by England

Couch Talk 170 with Mike Gatting

By thecricketcouch • August 17, 2015

Former England captain Mike Gatting talks about his career, highlighting the back-to-back Ashes wins in 1985 and 1986-7, the tour to India in 1984-5, …

Couch Talk 167 with Simon Jones

By thecricketcouch • July 14, 2015

Former England fast bowler Simon Jones talks about his inspirations in becoming a fast bowler, his injury-curtailed Test career, the captaincy of Michael Vaughan …

The Moeen Ali Question

By thecricketcouch • July 9, 2015

What is Moeen Ali’s role in the England team, especially with the ball? With Joe Root, and if necessary Adam Lyth, available to bowl …

Couch Talk 155 with Phil Defreitas

By thecricketcouch • February 19, 2015

Former England all rounder Phil Defreitas takes about his memorable debut in the 1986-87 Ashes, playing alongside Ian Botham, England’s losses in the 1987 …

Couch Talk 147 with Ajit Wadekar

By thecricketcouch • December 27, 2014

Former Indian captain and coach Ajit Wadekar talks about the landmark tours to England and West Indies in 1971, handling 4 great spinners, taking …

Couch Talk 135 with Simon Wilde: “On Pietersen”

By thecricketcouch • October 2, 2014

Sunday Time Cricket Correspondent Simon Wilde talks about his book “On Pietersen“, Kevin Pietersen’s troubled England career, KP’s influences and personality and the dramatic end …

Couch Talk 132 with Derek Pringle

By thecricketcouch • August 29, 2014

Former England all rounder Derek Pringle talks about his unfulfilled career, comparisons to Ian Botham, World cup 1992, The final against Pakistan, India series …

The Freddie Habit

By thecricketcouch • August 23, 2014

The TV was on the Sky sports channel in a friend’s living room. The scenes on the screen, seen many times before, still elicited …

Dead Men Walking

By thecricketcouch • August 20, 2014

England 2011. I watched two of the Tests in that 4-match series as a fan, from the stands, living and (mostly) dying with the …

Couch Talk 130 with Gordon Greenidge

By thecricketcouch • August 6, 2014

Former West Indian opener Gordon Greenidge talks about the mental and technical aspects of opening the batting, what is expected of a Test opener, …