The Jim Laker 19: 60 Years On

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It is sixty years to the day since the final day of the fourth Test of the 1956 Ashes. That day, England’s Jim Laker set a record which may never be beaten; he took 19 wickets in one match. The remaining Australian batsmen was dismissed by Tony Lock as England won by an innings and […] READ MORE


Mitchell Johnson Broke Me

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It’s not easy following overseas Ashes series. When the sport that you love is happening almost precisely when the human body is calibrated for sleeping, it takes proper dedication and commitment to watch every ball. I thought I had this commitment in 2013/14. But Mitchell Johnson broke me. It was my first term at university. […] READ MORE


ECB Central Contracts: A Review

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Eleven England players have been given full central contracts by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), one fewer than in 2014/15. ODI and T20 captain Eoin Morgan and pace bowler Mark Wood have both been promoted to the elite group of English cricket while Gary Ballance, Chris Jordan and Chris Woakes – who were […] READ MORE


England Cricket Team Summer 2015: Six of the Best

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What a difference six months makes. After the dark cloud that was the 2015 Cricket World Cup down under — and the underwhelming performance in the West Indies — it would surely not be too much of an overstatement to say that the England cricket team have just experienced a “silver lining summer”. It may not […] READ MORE


A Vintage Ashes Series?

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Well, the cricketing world and his wife will be analysing the remarkable Ashes series that has just finished, as they always do. With this one it’s a tough ask. How can you explain that away? Has there ever been a series which has swung one way or the other with such dramatic effect? No. Is […] READ MORE


The Ashes: A Day for the Radio

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August 6th, 2005, Birmingham. Australia, already one-nil up in the series, are hunting down the target of 282 set for them by Michael Vaughan’s England team. As the third day begins to draw to a close, and the runs-required falling with alarming rapidity, Steve Harmison produces a dipping slower ball to Michael Clarke, squeezing the […] READ MORE


The Ashes: Fifth Test, Day Two Review

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Aggrieved with a tinge of pride, that’s the feeling portrayed by Australian cricket fans after day one of the fifth test. Why couldn’t we bat as sensibly as this in tests three and four? The Ashes: Fifth Test, Day Two Review Day one began in ominous fashion for those supporting the baggy green’s when Alistair […] READ MORE


The Ashes: Fifth Test, Day One

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With the series already won by England and the urn set to return home once again, the fifth test of the series at the Kia Oval was predicted by some to be somewhat dull and bland and just a prelude to the celebrations at the end of the match when Alastair Cook will lift the […] READ MORE


Chris Rogers Retires: A Different Kind of Great

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Australian opening batsman Chris Rogers has confirmed that he will retire from international cricket at the end of the 5th Ashes Test at the Oval. While his Australia career was brief (he will end up with just 25 Test caps), it has been a fitting reward for a remarkable first-class cricketer whose experience and skill […] READ MORE


Test Cricket is Becoming a Test Again

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At Trent Bridge on 13th July 2014 at around 5pm, the first test of England’s summer series against India finished as a draw. India were on 385 for 8, having played 120 overs of the third innings in a match where the first two concluded after lunch on day four, having produced a total of […] READ MORE