Author Archives: Rob Smyth

Shane Bond: Looking Back

Rob Smyth reviews Shane Bond: Looking Back by Shane Bond with Dylan Cleaver Hodder Moa, pb, 248pp, NZ$44.99 (about £22) New Zealand’s best fast bowler since Richard Hadlee reveals a multi-layered personality, cruel twists of fortune, an early tendency to … Continue reading

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Start the Car: The World According to Bumble by David Lloyd

Rob Smyth reviews Start The Car: The World According to Bumble by David Lloyd HarperSport, hb, 310pp, £18.99 English cricket’s everyman loses none of the wacko warmth in print LIFE IS supposed to begin at 40 but for David Lloyd … Continue reading

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Rob Smyth: Why Alastair Cook needs to loosen up

Forewarned is not necessarily forearmed. Alastair Cook counselled that he was “a conservative bloke” upon borrowing the captaincy from Andrew Strauss, yet it was still a shock to see the extent of that conservatism during the first Test in Bangladesh. … Continue reading

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Rob Smyth: Owais Shah – England's misused talent

When England’s tour parties were announced last week, the ‘news line’ focused on the inclusion of Kevin Pietersen and the controversial but explicable omission of Steve Harmison. As a consequence, and because of the overload of names you get when … Continue reading

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