Alastair Cook: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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Alastair Cook cut a forlorn figure for much of the Test series away in India with his haunted demeanour reminiscent of many of his predecessors as England captain when they knew their time had come. It is therefore no surprise that he has decided to stand down to allow Joe Root to bed in ahead […] READ MORE


2017 Cricket Preview

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It would be fair to say 2016 wasn’t the best of years for everyone. But on the cricket field at least there were plenty of highlights. The year started with a bang in January as Ben Stokes smashed an astonishing 258 at Newlands and a Mumbai teenager racked up 1009 runs. Let’s look ahead to […] READ MORE


Jackson Bird and the Death of Cricket Rabbits

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There was widespread amusement when Jackson Bird was left out the Australia Test squad to face South Africa due to his batting. It was a widely-derided decision when you consider that Bird is a bowler and a very good one at that. He took seven wickets in his last Test match, against New Zealand in February, and […] READ MORE


South Africa Show Life After Steyn With Sensational Comeback

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When Dale Steyn left the field against Australia clutching his troublesome right shoulder, South Africa would have feared the worst. But Kagiso Rabada and Keshav Maharaj stood up when most needed to lead a glorious comeback. Ever since detonating Michael Vaughan’s stumps on debut in 2004, Steyn has been an ever-present menace to batsman around the world. […] READ MORE


Virat Kohli: The King of the Chase

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Michael Bevan was arguably the most feared finisher in the game during his career but Virat Kohli has not simply taken the art of the chase to another level, he is playing a completely different sport. Virat Kohli’s sensational match-winning unbeaten 154 against New Zealand this week was just the latest in a string of […] READ MORE


Shakib Al Hasan: The Bangladesh Crown Prince Gunning for England

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Shakib Al Hasan will go down in the annals of Bangladesh cricket as one of the finest, and most influential, cricketers in their history. It is in fact only a little stretch to suggest that the 29-year-old’s record will be remembered in much the same way as a certain William Gilbert Grace.  A bold statement for sure but one which […] READ MORE


England Take a Backward Step with Gareth Batty Recall

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English cricket was in a dark place following the 2015 World Cup. Out-played, out-fought and out-powered, they played cricket in much the same way they had for the last twenty years. Stuck in the dark ages it made for rather desperate viewing. Fast forward to the present day and England’s one-day side is in rude […] READ MORE


Blood, Sweat and Leaves in the Age of the Big Hits

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How Cheteshwar Pujara, Alastair Cook, and Nick Gubbins are Leading an Old-Fashioned Revolution T20 cricket has revolutionised cricket in much the same way as Kerry Packer’s World Series Cricket did in 1977 or WG Grace did back in the distant mists of history. From fielding to bowling to advertising and even to cheerleaders, the long reach […] READ MORE