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Joshua Kerr

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Roaring about all the grand prix action plus anything else that takes my fancy. I'm based in the UK so sometimes may not respond to comments promptly because it's the middle of the night here! Follow me on Twitter @Joshua_T_Kerr

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Lewis Hamilton on pole in magical Monaco

Ferrari dominated in Monaco in 2017 then Red Bull, in the form of Daniel Ricciardo, dominated last year and now Mercedes have dominated the Monaco Grand Prix weekend so far as they have locked out the front row for tomorrow’s main event. While Mercedes dominate out front, Ferrari are having a nightmare of a weekend […]

Sky Sports have used Warney well in the World Cup so far because they don’t give him time to be jokey because there is no time to be jokey. He’s not on the official commentary team so he only has half an hour before the game (including ads), the half-hour interval and about half an hour after the game so every second of analysis counts.

Thanks Ronan for giving the UK’s coverage of cricket a thumbs-up – it’s all worth the Sky Sports subscription!

Virat Kohli was right - England have got ahead of themselves

I haven’t heard anything from the England team about going for high scores. Whenever anyone’s been asked about scoring 500 runs, they sort of side away from the question – nobody wants to think about it. In fact, I don’t even think you can aim to score 500 runs. I don’t think that when England walked out to bat against Australia at Trent Bridge last summer, they thought ‘do you know what, we’re going to smash the Aussies for 481-6 today’.

Certainly, the match v Pakistan will be a slight wake-up call to England. They need to re-group in Cardiff and go again on Saturday v Bangladesh (who were very strong against SA, will look carefully at how they do v NZ this evening). I don’t think they should make any major changes though – it’s not a desperate situation (yet).

Virat Kohli was right - England have got ahead of themselves

Hi Paul, we lost against Scotland, we lost 2 matches against WI in the Caribbean and we lost the series against India at home so there were some bumps along the way! I just need to ask though – what were Australia’s results against SA in the ODI series in November – I feel that Australia’s opposition was on a par with England’s opposition. Both England and Australia can win the World Cup if everything falls their way.

Virat Kohli was right - England have got ahead of themselves

I believe that England are not going for the 400-plus scores and are going for the 320s that you mention. In fact, you could say that the West Indies are going for the 400-plus scores – they scored 421 against NZ in the warm-ups (I know it’s a warm-up match but still…)

I’m very annoyed that now everyone is having a bash at England because we lost ONE match. I hate to tell you all but there are still seven group games to go…

Virat Kohli was right - England have got ahead of themselves

Yes, sorry my comment was very similar but I’m glad we agree. This match was an example of the ‘new’ England. It was good to see Pakistan bounce back from 11 consecutive ODI defeats though.

The Afghanistan-Sri Lanka match I’m listening to now might not go the full 100 allocated overs though!

Benaud would be furious

England still scored 334-9 off their 50 overs and were still in the game right until the last. 334-9 is still a great score – the English press seem to forget that. Those 14 runs that England didn’t get were those left out on the field through misfield, dropped catches etc. and the failure of the opening partnership of Roy and Bairstow for the second consecutive match but at least England gave themselves a chance by batting 50 overs – it is a 50-over match after all!

Benaud would be furious

I agree with Paul, Duncan – if the batting team got to say 250 off 30 overs but their wickets were falling at an unsustainable rate then they can afford to just be more careful in their batting and make sure they get to their 50 overs. They could still score 350-400 even though they had slowed down their run rate in the last 20 overs!

Benaud would be furious

Here’s a weather forecast for you: rain is forecast for the majority of this week and so there is a high chance that this week’s WC matches will be rain-affected.

Bangladesh surprise South Africa by 21 runs

They need to beat India on Wednesday otherwise it is all over for South Africa – they need to win six out of their remaining seven matches: India, West Indies, Afghanistan, New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Australia. It could become a miserable World Cup for South Africa by the middle of June as they will still have to play these matches even IF they do get knocked out prematurely.

Can the Proteas bounce back, or will the Tigers repeat their feats from 2007?

No, we didn’t but wasn’t it a fine contest! 21 runs separated the two at the end and the match went on for the full allocation of 100 overs (50 overs per side). I thoroughly enjoyed it because it was unpredictable apart from the latter stages of the SA innings when it became clear that they have left it too much, too late.

Can the Proteas bounce back, or will the Tigers repeat their feats from 2007?

Great read Dan – it’s nice to see someone not take the World Cup too seriously and have a bit of fun.

The Liebke Ratings: Afghanistan vs Australia

I think the only change that could be made would be putting Lyon in for Zampa.

David Warner, Aaron Finch lead Australia through demolition job of Afghanistan

1. Afghanistan made the right decision in winning the toss and batting first as they were able to get a good score on the board. Yes, they didn’t score enough runs in the end but, my oh my, didn’t they give it a good go! Really enjoyable to watch.

2. I also enjoyed Finch’s batting, very attacking against the spin in the opening overs (10 in the 1st, 14 in the 3rd). Shame about the way he got out but 66 was still a great total.

3. Hassan was great (with his ‘war paint’) – a maiden in the second over against David Warner, after the first over had gone for 10 – brilliant!

4. Despite Stoinis going for 21 runs in a Rashid Khan over, getting two wickets in an over (can’t remember which over but it was in the middle overs) helped slow the scoring down and stop the excellent sixth-wicket partnership.

5. Yes, David Warner didn’t have the greatest of strike rates but he carried the bat and got 90*, getting comfortable with the English conditions on the way.

6. I was thinking about the net run rate during the match – Australia’s net run rate was only 1.860 – but I think the net run rates will start to ‘balance out’ once more matches are played (which are hopefully a bit closer).

7. Slats wasn’t too bad yesterday – I liked the stories he was telling about running between the wickets with Tubbs and his comparison of the Clifton Suspension Bridge with the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It’s just a matter of opinion. I’m sure he would change his commentary style later on in the tournament when there’s some action to commentate on – not saying there wasn’t action to commentate on yesterday, but there were periods where Slats could deviate slightly. It was Athers anyway who started off the whole thing with Slats running out Tubbs in the 1994-95 Ashes series (pass the blame on, why don’t you Josh!)

Aussie bowlers rusty in World Cup opener

If you’re basing this on the WI v Pakistan and NZ v SL matches, then you cannot say that they have the weakest batting line-up. Afghanistan lost both their openers for a duck for goodness sake!

Aussie bowlers rusty in World Cup opener

I think Australia batted in the correct way. There was no need to go hard. It was an opportunity to get used to the English conditions and get comfortable in their batting, which I believe they now are for the West Indies match on Thursday at Trent Bridge. The West Indies are a different kettle of fish to Afghanistan so of course the approach will be different.

Aussie bowlers rusty in World Cup opener

Lyon should be given a go against the West Indies as they can ill-afford to let Zampa be hit for boundaries all around the ground by the likes of Gayle, Russell and Pooran otherwise the game may go away from the Australians quite quickly.

Aussie bowlers rusty in World Cup opener

The boos are not on and need to stop now. It’s been 14 months since the ball-tampering incident, just let it go. The English have had plenty of opportunities to boo the Australians and it’s getting quite boring now that it’s still carrying on. David Warner did a great job yesterday and he deserves to be in this WC side.

Aussie bowlers rusty in World Cup opener

I think South Africa will beat Bangladesh tomorrow. I think Hashim Amla will do better without Jofra Archer bowling bouncers at him. If de Kock and van der Dussen bat as well as they did v England on Thursday, and du Plessis also contributes well to the total, SA’s batting is sorted. David Miller in for Aiden Markram is a great decision.

As for bowling, SA’s bowling was brilliant on Thursday as they unsettled the English batsmen. If they can do the same, and even better, tomorrow v Bangladesh, then they will bounce back against the Tigers.

Should be a good match-up either way but SA will come out on top.

Can the Proteas bounce back, or will the Tigers repeat their feats from 2007?

Maybe if Bairstow wasn’t out first ball, the opening partnership might have contributed a few more runs to the total but the South Africans did do a brilliant job limiting the score to 311-8 and England did a brilliant job getting the score to 311-8.

England v Pakistan on Monday at Trent Bridge – I fear for Pakistan (especially after the West Indian routing yesterday).

Archer tops up England’s surplus X-factor

Agree with you Paul that no Pakistan batsman steadied the ship. I was listening to the match on Test Match Special and every so often the commentator would say something like ‘he goes for the pull shot and he’s out’.

Pakistan crumble to embarrassing loss at hands of West Indies

Hopefully the recovery time between this match v Pakistan and the match v Australia on Thursday will alleviate any injury concerns with Russell and Gayle. Gayle can still hit big though! If you’re working in boundaries, he’s the man you want in your team!

Pakistan crumble to embarrassing loss at hands of West Indies

How would this game be suspicious? It was an incredible performance from the West Indies to win. Shame for those at Trent Bridge who had their match finish four and a half hours before it was scheduled to but nevertheless it was magnificent to watch the West Indies dominate in this way. Pakistan next face England at Trent Bridge and I doubt they will score 400+ runs.

Pakistan crumble to embarrassing loss at hands of West Indies

I wasn’t that confident England were going to win until van der Dussen got out (the SA batting collapsed thereafter). I think we should give Amla another chance considering he had to leave the field after his hit on the helmet by Jofra Archer. Hopefully, the Bangladesh match will be a bit gentler for Amla!

England decimate South Africa in Cricket World Cup opener

I think you’ve got a great chance against Bangladesh on Sunday – gives you a chance to fix some of the problems experienced yesterday. I know that SA could’ve done far better than they did but the rest of the team needs to step up: de Kock and van der Dussen scored more than half the SA runs between them.

England decimate South Africa in Cricket World Cup opener

I do feel a bit sorry for Mark Wood. They said during commentary yesterday that Mark Wood has to strain everything in order to bowl 90mph while Jofra Archer bowls 90mph with ease! Let’s not take anything away from Archer though as he’s followed the correct procedures and still had to work his way into the WC squad – let’s remember he wasn’t in the squad until last week!

England decimate South Africa in Cricket World Cup opener