Cricket Writers on TV
Paul Allott, Vic Marks, Ali Martin and Mike Walters debate the week's burning cricketing issues.
Last Updated: 06/07/12 2:42pm
Paul Allott and his cricket-loving chums will be back in the studio on Sunday morning to dissect the major talking points from the world of leather on willow.
Observer wordsmith Vic Marks, Sun scribe Ali Martin and Mirror reporter Mike Walters will join our host, the day's freshly-inked newspapers and a bevy of baked goods around the breakfast table.
And the gang will have plenty to chew over with England's one-day duels with Australia, a gripping conclusion to the Friends Life t20 group stage and the retirement of a true batting legend likely to be on the menu.
Alastair's Cook's men will, weather permitting, clash with their great Antipodean rivals in Durham on Saturday in game four of an ODI series that they currently lead 2-0.
Paul and his posse will reflect on the action in the North East and the big stories emanating from the series as a whole. Have England found the perfect formula for the 50-over format? Has Oval half-centurion Ravi Bopara finally cemented a middle-order berth? Where have Australia fallen short on their trip to our shores? The panel should deliver their thoughts.
The domestic t20 competition's group stage reaches its denouement this weekend, with a host of teams still in contention to make it to the knockout phase.
Vic, Ali and Mike may look back on the eye-catching performances from the summer slog-fest, which has been heavily curtailed by the inclement weather, and reveal who they think may follow in the footsteps of 2011 winners Leicestershire and get their hands on the sought-after trophy.
Surrey strokemaker Mark Ramprakash, meanwhile, brought the curtain down on his illustrious career on Thursday and has exited the game with some stunning statistics.
The 42-year-old bows out with a first class batting average of 53.14, having amassed a whopping 114 tons, 147 half-centuries and over 35,000 runs, while he also accrued over 1,000 runs in a season 20 times and in excess of 2,000 runs during three campaigns.
Yet, the former Middlesex man never managed to stamp his authority in the international arena, collecting just a couple of three-figure scores from his 52 Test match appearances.
How will Ramprakash be remembered as a batsman and why did the global stage not bring out the best of the talented right-hander? The CWOT team may offer up their thoughts on that.
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