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I think dooyoo have made a mistake here. they seen to have confused the names of a couple of the england cricketers. They have put down Alec Stewart and Nasser Hussain, when the names are quite obviously Alec Hussain and Nasser Stewart. Nevertheless, they are both great players. Another mistake I would pick on, is the fact that these two men have been put in the england players category, when the both play for Sussex. Catastrophic. Anyway. Nasser stewart plays in bat for Sussex, and, when on form, he is guarenteed to score at least one run. Alec hussain on the other hand, is an accomplished offspin bowler, and often takes some good figures. The best I have seen from him was 1-403 in a county test match between sussex and sri lanka. I saw it on sky sports extra. Vodka
Alec James Stewart is a fine example of a wicket keeper batsman. He plays both of these roles extremely well and his ability to time the ball well is phenomenal. He has played stunning cricket with the bat this summer which included a superb performence in the one-day tournament against the West Indies and Zimbabwe. He has won many awards in his cricketing career notably the Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1993 and Alec was awarded an MBE on 13th June 1998. Alec Stewart has a test average of over 40 and this includes 14 test centuries and 35 half centuries. He is an outstanding player despite his grand old age of 37.
As i am sure all of you have heard, Alec Stewart has been accused of cheating. When i heard this on the news i thought that it mush have been some kind of windup, as i didn't think that Alec Stewart would be capable of cheating in a game that he has dedicated his life too. Alec Stewart is still one of England’s best ever players and i just can't see him taking any kind of risk that may cost him his career. I really don't think that he would have cheated as he is in the form of his life at the moment and still has a few more years ahead of him at the highest level of cricket. He would just have far too much to lose and just doesn't seem the kind of bloke to do that.
Stewart was sensationally dragged into match fixing yesterday, after he was named by the Indian Bookmaker Mukesh Kumar, who alleged that he paid Stewart £5,000 for information on pitches and match conditions. I was appalled, there is no smoke without fire. And unless Stewart can prove his innocence, his name will be under suspicion. But WHY?, Stewart seemed such an honest guy, a passionate cricket player as captain, wicket keeper and opener. Some might say I am talking as if he’s guilty well I am because too many times in the past, we have ignored hints of cheats. When Michael Atherton put sand/mud in his pocket wasn’t that cheating, it seems to be forgotten. Earlier this year Chris Lewis revealed the names of three England internationals that he believed to be involved in match fixing. He got a roasting, people were furious at him. And for what? Speaking the truth. A year a go I might have given Stewart the benefit of the doubt, but look at Hansie Cronje. A brilliant Captain for South Africa, he seemed to have it all. He was even a devoted Christian but nothing stopped him being tempted by greed. He was one of the most respected people in cricket. If he can why can’t Stewart. It was last month that Lord MacLaurin insisted that the Pakistan players under suspicion should be thrown out of the test match against England until they had cleared their name. It will be interesting to see what he will do about Stewart. Or will it be one rule for one and one rule for another.
Alex Stewart has shown great form over the summer. He lifted England in the second test against the West Indies when they seemed completely out of it. he has batted and wicked keeped excellently has earnt his place in the team for the winter tour. He showed brilliant skill in his batting and some of the catches he made were just well class. His test century match was brilliant especially when he got his century in that. The whole of england is proud of Alex Stewart as he has been a very good england cricketer for a number of years.
Stewart was excellent both in the one day internationals and the test series against the West Indies. His century on his one hundered test match, on the Queens mum's one hundred birthday, was excellent. He hit every shot in the book, everyone perfectly executed. And if there was one player who deserved the ovation and reception, Stewart recieved, it was him. He has been a great servant to England, versatile was his middle name. He can wicket keep, open the batting, play lower down the order or even captain the side. A great series for him and what a contrast to last season where everyone was calling for him to be dropped.
Alec Stewart has shown that he is one of England's most valuable players with his recent batting displays in the Natwest series. We must all hope that he can take this form into the remaining tests this summer. With Stewart taking the wicketkeeper batsman role, there is scope for England to play a balanced side, including a spinner. It is a shame that he is getting a little old, as we could do with him sticking around for a lot longer than his age will allow. He has always possessed great skill and strokeplay, but he really is a form player. When he is playing well, he can really open up an attack, but when he is struggling, he does not last that long.
I know he’s old but some of his batting in the recent one-day tournament made me wish he was 20. In the 90’s he was one of the top run makers in the world and has become an excellent wicket-keeper – a genuine all-rounder that helps make space in the test team (if only we used it!). Ok like most English batsmen he has his flaws but his batting is refreshing to watch. He is a very attacking batsman (this worked well opening with Mr. defensive Mike Atherton). He has wonderful technique and when he dancers down the wicket he gives a major bash to the ball. He plays cut so well and really looks to dominate bowlers, however his recent form has dipped. It used to be the case that he would get to 40 or 50 and then get himself out, through a rush of blood or a change in bowling. However, as mentioned in previous opinions, he leaves a lot of balls around offstump and this can lead to problems, he plays on a lot and if the scoreboard isn’t ticking over he sometimes misjudges a shot. It’s a shame really that he’s getting on because he has a bit more sparkle than most other English batsmen. He is very attacking and if we got our openers sorted, he could really exploit second rate bowling. He’s no bad wicket keeper either, and I am a great fan – could someone please find the fountain of youth.
Alec Stewart has shown to everybody in the last few weeks, in the Test series and the one day series that he should be reinstated as Captain. He started by guiding us to a wonderful victory over the West Indies in the Second Test, and then helped us come good in the Triangular One-Day Series, qualifying us for the final. He then scored two consecutive Centuries against Zimbabwe and the West Indies. He has also been wicketkeeping fantastically. Nasser Hussain is not even a good enough batsman to be in the team. Bring Alec back as Captain.
Have the England selectors truly gone mad? There are so many conflicting ideas coming out from the board of selectors, that no one knows quite what the future of English cricket holds. This morning the 37 year old Alec Stewart was selected for England. I, personally am a fan of his, however cannot understand why they now select him for a one-day international match, when he was not selected for the recent one-day tournament in South Africa. We were told that his admission was due to the fact that England were now building for the next world cup, if that is what they are truly doing, then why select him for a one-day match in July 2000? Similarly the selectors name Solanki in the fourteen for today’s match against Zimbabwe, and then pick two players who were drafted in for the injuries to Knight and Hussain (Trescothick and Maynard) ahead of Solanki. What is going on?
There is no doubting that Alec Stewart was one of Englands great plyers of the 1990's. Not only did he score more test runs during the 90's than any other player in the world, he also took on the roles of wicketkeeper and capatain at different times. Any player avergaing above 40 whislt playing in a team as bad as england derserves emmense amounts of credit. Whilst Stewart remains suitably competent to keep wicket at test level, in recent times his batting has left much to be desired. True, he still has a full array of shots, and he remains one of eng;land's most atacking layers who is prepared to dominate bowlers. However, his major fault is in leaving balls outside his off stump, which Stewart seems in capable of coming to terms with. It seems recently that Stewart is constantly dissmissed, either caught in the slips, or playing on, with his bad wide outside off stump, and well away from his body. More importantly, these are balls that he can afford to leave, and the shots he plays aren't going to score any runs even if he does play them properly. He seems content on aimlessly wafting outside his off stump, reserving his seat back in the pavillion. Unlike Atherton, and more recently Vaughan, Stewart constantly gets himself out, rather than making the bowler do the work, gifting them his wicket. Although this trait is in no way uncommon to english batsmen, Stewart, as the teams most experienced player, should start putting a higher price on his wicket.
Nasser Hussain has withdrawn from the second Test match against the West Indies, leaving Alec Stewart in temporary control of the England team. Stewart had a case to feel aggrieved when he lost the England captaincy, having skippered England to their only major series win of recent years and only having lost to Australia (not an uncommon occurrence) and a disappointing showing in the World Cup. The captaincy is not going to come back to this old stager for good, but this is a great chance to show the selectors how hasty they were to discard him.
This guy is unbelievable. No matter how old he is, he can definitely run faster than most of the other England batsmen, he never shows signs of tiring, and puts in consistently good effort producing consistently good performances. No other batter in the country is in better form at the moment: his last five scores in all competitions read 74*, 101, 100*, 97 and 49. It is hard to see how he still has his critics - it's not as if he makes any mistakes behind the stumps either. In my opinion he should be the first name on the teamsheet for England in one-day and test matches. His good form must continue into the test series if England are going to win, as no one else is as capable of taking the attack to Walsh and Ambrose (if they play), or encourages as much in the field. The only possible weak links in his game are the ability to play a late cut shot on to his stumps every time, and the fact that almost every innings he gets out softly by edging a short ball outside off stump. These are really only minor problems, and I think he holds the key to England's success. He's certainly proved the selectors wrong for leaving him out of the squad to South Africa, and I think he'll continue the good scoring.