Ben Stokes: England’s Light in a Winter of Darkness

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England’s embarrassing capitulation in the final t20 at the Chinnaswamy Stadium proved all too familiar as a torturous winter came to an end. An ODI series win in Bangladesh is all England have to show for their efforts as India showcased their dominance at home by winning all three trophies on offer. Indeed, England came […] READ MORE


Running in Against the Tide: In Defence of Bowlers

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Batting has improved, bowling has not. Argument over. Essentially, this is the view that Nasser Hussain has shared with cricket fans over the past year in regards to white-ball cricket. One must wonder how one disciple can leave the other behind so rapidly, resulting in a vast imbalance between bat and ball. At what stage […] READ MORE


Welcome Change and Innovation: In Favour of a Test Championship

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Test cricket needs change and innovation. Day/Night matches have provided a much needed refreshment – but more is required in order for Test cricket to survive. The next step is establishing a Test Championship. This article will analyse the logistics of a Test Championship, and provides an argument in favour of a new system that […] READ MORE


South Africa vs Sri Lanka: Series Preview.

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Big Picture: Another Test series, another mismatch – sound familiar? Whether it is down to skill level or playing conditions, most Test series of recent times have been one-sided. Of the 16 series played this year, up to 12 of them have been dominated by one side. The fact of the matter is that most […] READ MORE


Five Players Who Will Carry the Torch for Test Cricket.

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This year, like any other for the past ten years, has seen t20 competitions sweep across all major Test playing nations, with the exception of Australia’s Big Bash which gets underway on 20th December, along with a World Cup watched by millions. While the t20 baton has been passed from one country to another, Test […] READ MORE


Australia vs South Africa: Series Preview

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Australia will look to home comforts against South Africa after being hammered in a five-match ODI series in recent weeks. After all, they have not lost a Test match at home since 2012 – which was against the Proteas. With numerous fast bowlers on display and a couple of world-class batsmen to boot, it promises […] READ MORE


Bangladesh vs England: Second Test Preview

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After a hugely competitive and entertaining few weeks, Dhaka will play host to the final match in England’s tour of Bangladesh before they continue their mammoth winter tour onto India. Many have predicted England to struggle somewhat in India, who are now the number one-ranked Test side, but it would be wrong to undermine England’s […] READ MORE


Ben Duckett: England’s Answer to Quinton De Kock

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In a year which has produced 2,706 runs and both PCA awards, Ben Duckett now faces the prospect of a first England cap. At just 21, Duckett is possibly the most exciting English prospect for some time. This article will consider the heights possible to Duckett – perhaps even enough to rival a certain Quinton […] READ MORE


Jos Buttler’s Blistering Year

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Jos Buttler played his last First-Class game on 22nd October in a test match for England against Pakistan in Dubai – making just seven runs. A modest Ashes series and the re-emergence of Jonny Bairstow led to Buttler being dropped for the last match of the Pakistan series, and the tour of South Africa later […] READ MORE