India vs England: Visitors Preview

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England begin arguably their biggest challenge of the year in Rajkot on Wednesday. The five-Test series against India represents numerous challenges. And while were plenty of positives to take from their 1-1 series draw in Bangladesh, the damaging second Test defeat at Dhaka emphasised the challenge ahead. Two big issues hang over this England team. The first is […] READ MORE



The Joy of Selection Complaints

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After England‘s defeat to Bangladesh at Dhaka, fans were quick to voice their dismay at the balance of the team. Some might say we should give the selectors a break. They’re trying their best to cope with a ridiculous international schedule, and they are a darn sight more qualified than the rest of us. It’s […] 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


Bangladesh vs England: First Test Preview

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October 20-24, 4am GMT Chittagong After clinching a narrow 2-1 win in an enthralling ODI Series, England go into their two-Test series against Bangladesh as strong favourites; some UK bookies are offering odds as long as 9/1 for the home side to win the series. However, question marks remain over the visitors. With at least two changes to their […] 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


Ashwin: India’s Most Influential Player

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Ravichandran Ashwin is slowly but surely becoming India’s most crucial player, more so than anyone in the team. In a team filled with brilliant players like Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Murali Vijay, etc, Ashwin has cemented his place as a very influential figure. His rise in the last 18 months or so, since the 2015 […] READ MORE


How to Save Test Cricket

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Test cricket is dying. The grounds are emptier than before and all the viewing statistics indicate a huge drop in the television audience. However, limited overs cricket has not experienced the same problem. When the Kolkata Knight Riders play their IPL fixtures in Eden Gardens, the spectators nearly fill up the whole ground. Yet, India’s recent Test […] READ MORE