Richard Pybus on Couch Talk

27th February 2014

Military Mediums – audio/visual highlights

Clips to the on-side.

An interview that should be of very great interest to most Caribbean cricket watchers is Subash Jayaraman’s most recent discussion, with the WICB’s new Director of Cricket, Richard Pybus. Also newly available from the never-less-than illuminating Couch Talk conversations is Subash’s chat with Dinesh Kartik.

Another informative interview that took place of late was Ian Bishop’s talk with Clive Lloyd during the Nagico Super50, which was won by Barbados. More Nagico Super50 highlights, and other recent videos are available on the West Indies’ CricketTV channel, including England’s arrival in Antigua, and Sir Viv Richards’ reaction to the unveiling of a statue in Antigua in his honour. Sir Viv was also recently the face of Antigua’s new promotional video.

Another of the West Indies’ great knights, Sir Garfield Sobers has been speaking this week on Cricket World TV. On the same channel, Ireland look back at their performances during their recent trip to the Caribbean. Ireland’s tour highlight was defeating WI in the 1st T20 international in Jamaica, and manager, Phil Simmons spoke about the victory. There are lots more recent comments on and about Caribbean cricket at the WIndies Cricket Soundcloud page.

England have now arrived in Antigua for 3 ODIs, to be followed by 3 T20s in Barbados. The prospects for the 2 series have been discussed this week on ESPN Cricinfo’s weekly Switch Hit podcast; & the tour has also naturally garnered several ‘talking’ heads’ opportunities & sound-bites. Captain, Stuart Broad spoke on the eve of the tour, and also expressed his pleasure to be working with new assistant coach, Paul Collingwood, who’s been praised by former Durham team-mate, Steve Harmison.

Also expressing their hopes for the tour have been Luke Wright, who wants to nail down a place in the ODI side; Joe Root, who scored a century in England’s warm-up match v the UWI Vice-Chancellor’s XI; James Tredwell, who also expressed his pleasure at the exoneration of his Kent team-mate, Darren Stevens who has been cleared of the charge of failing to report a corrupt approach in last season’s Bangladesh Premier League; and Jos Buttler, who was also used as an example of what is permissible in taking a boundary catch on the Lord’s Laws blog.

And while we’re looking briefly at the Laws, MCC’s Laws Manager, Fraser Stewart clears up any confusion over an Eoin Morgan run out in a recent ODI in Australia. And while on run outs, is this from late last year the worst run out miss ever? Or this? Or this? Or this? Or perhaps this? Funny how so many of them seem to feature Australian fielding, especially Brett Lee!

West Indies’ U19s have been competing in the U19 World Cup in the UAE, where they have today lost to India in the 5th place play-off. WI were knocked out at the quarter-final stage by Australia, despite a brilliant hundred by Nicolas Pooran.

Elsewhere, Leicestershire’s Director of Cricket, Phil Whitticase has suggested that Ronnie Sarwan may well be playing for them in July & August, and not in the CPL; and finally, Geoff Boycott in ‘Bowl at Boycs’ has said that Dale Steyn reminds him of Malcolm Marshall.

David Oram


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