A talk show on English cricket

Switch Hit: A very Irish win

The Switch Hit team discuss Ireland's win over Ireland, and take stock ahead of the ODI series between England and Australia

September 4, 2013

Posted by NZGrasshopper on (September 9, 2013, 4:23 GMT)

Good call wimblepool! C'mon Switchhit! Could you please upload to itunes so I can listen on my way home from work!

Posted by   on (September 6, 2013, 14:09 GMT)

To be fair to the ECB, it's the Irish players themselves who would currently prefer to play for England. No one holds a gun to their head, they declared to play for the team that gave them the best opportunity to compete at the top level of the game. Ireland has no test status and certainly could not offer these guys the chance to play in the top 2 or 3 ranked side in cricket on a consistent basis. So it's a combination of the Irish, English and world cricketing bodies that need to make some changes, if changes need to be made.

As for "England" I'd say yes, they should be at least a little bit embarrassed, but the team has been full of foreign born players for quite some time now, I think they're over it. They've needed every scrap of talent available from multiple nations to get where they are today, I just hope for their sake they don't pay for it too harshly when this current crop of imports retire or move on.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2013, 9:31 GMT)

We all know it's not an English side but a UK side. Have you told a Scot he's English & get away?

Posted by wimblepool on (September 6, 2013, 8:41 GMT)

Have you scrapped the audio version of Switch Hit (nothing on iTunes)? Would be a shame if you have as watching video can be awkward when driving, cycling or even walking and this is the only podcast I know with informed and independent opinions on a wide range of cricket.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2013, 15:30 GMT)

The point is that surely England fans would rather see young England players being selected than Irish players? England have ample players to call upon or select. However Ireland do not..... that is the point, England hare hindering the development of Irish Cricket. Yes its a problem that the ICC are not granting Ireland test cricket, with Morgan and Rankin Ireland would have most definitely beaten England. George Dobells point saying that its not the ECBs fault yeah of course it is they select these players and allow them to play and encourage them to play. The only reason they are moving across is because the EBC allow them and for saying Rankin playing for England more accepted because he is Northern Irish is ridiculous. The fact is with Morgan and Rankin Ireland would be a very dangerous ODI team and very capable to compete in test cricket.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2013, 10:21 GMT)

How can you take the game seriously and how can the game develop when England simply get the best pick of Irish players? A farce.

Comments have now been closed for this article

Play Audio
Rotation, Rotation, Rotation

Jul 3, 2014 JHB, George, Gnasher and Alan look ahead to the England v India series with bowler rotation and pitch preparation on everyone's minds (33:35)

Play Audio
Cook at his lowest ebb?

Jun 25, 2014 JHB is joined by Butch, George, Gnasher and Fidel on the phone to discuss the absorbing second Test between England and Sri Lanka (43:56)

Play Video
Highlights: England v India - 1st Test, 4th day, 2nd session

Highlights: Action from the afternoon session on day four of the first Investec Test from Trent Bridge between England and India (03:49) | Jul 12, 2014

Play Video
Root's 154* part of record tenth-wicket stand

Highlights: England batsman Joe Root made his third 150+ score in Test cricket and combined with James Anderson for a 198-run tenth-wicket stand, a record for the last wicket in Tests (02:58) | Jul 12, 2014

Play Video
Anderson sets English record for a number 11

Highlights: James Anderson not only scored his first ever career first-class half-century, but his 81 was the highest Test score by a number 11 batsman for England, and third highest by any number 11 in Tests (04:50) | Jul 12, 2014