Saturday, 7 May 2016

Some elections and stuff

Thursday saw a series of elections up and down the UK.  I watched a bit of the BBC news before I went to bed, it wasn't even midnight and the pundits were predicting a bad night for the Labour party.  What would it mean for Jeremy Corbyn?  Was this the beginning of the end?

When the votes were counted things weren't nearly as bad as the media had gleefully predicted.  Yes Labour got a bit of a kicking in Scotland but who can blame the Scots for supporting a party that aims to take the country away from the control of Westminster?  I wish I had a similar option.  Other than that things went pretty well for Labour.  It's particularly pleasing that Londoners elected a Labour mayor and didn't fall for the vile racist Tory campaign.

In less than two weeks Test match cricket returns with a series against Sri Lanka.  It will be interesting to see who the selectors pick for the first test match.  Despite the good win away we are still unsure of what our best team is.  I expect them to pretty much stick with the same XI that played in South Africa.  The sad retirement of James Taylor opens up a space in the batting order which will probably be a straight choice between Bell and Ballance. England will always expect to beat Sri Lanka at home and after the retirement of two truly great batsmen, I think we'll do so comfortably.
My Team;
Cook, Hales, Compton, Root, Bell, Stokes, Bairstow, Ali, Broad, Finn, Anderson.

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