Author Archives: Vic Marks

Vic Marks: Cricket in Dubai better than its backdrop

As a newcomer to Dubai it has been a surreal experience just getting to the cricket stadium in the middle of what was so recently the desert. There is still plenty of sand around, though now it swirls around all … Continue reading

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Vic Marks on Peter Roebuck: ‘Sometimes he did laugh’

The focus on Peter Roebuck’s tragic death has been intense. Of course the circumstances were ghastly and extraordinary. But it has not just been the newsmen who have been filling the pages and the websites; the tributes and the attempts … Continue reading

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Vic Marks: Cricket’s inflation taking game to new levels

Inflation is rampant. But I don’t suppose Mervyn King, George Osborne or Ed Balls will be too worried in this instance. At Mohali, in the third one-day international of the series against India, England knocked up 298 for 4 from … Continue reading

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Vic Marks: domestic dramas the highlight of 2011 summer

After Somerset’s defeat to Surrey in the Clydesdale Bank 40 final their captain, Marcus Trescothick, apologised to his supporters for “putting you through all this again”. He should not have bothered; his team, however exasperating, had given themselves and their … Continue reading

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Vic Marks: England look set to be long-term success story

It may be an English thing but the temptation is to dwell upon the frailties of the opposition at times like this. England have just defeated supposedly (there we go again) what was the number one team in the world … Continue reading

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Vic Marks: problems for Fletcher on evidence of Lord’s

The 2000th Test was one of the better ones. Pink balls and floodlights, both of which find favour with the MCC, may have their place in the renaissance of Test cricket, but not in England. Where else in the world … Continue reading

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Vic Marks: Hard choices face Taylor and his county

We know – because it has leaked out of Leicester and has been fully covered on this site by Paul Bolton’s excellent county reports – that Warwickshire wish to sign James Taylor next season even though he has another year … Continue reading

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Vic Marks: Why tweeting takes away all the mystery

An early warning: you don’t have to be a grumpy old man or woman to get to the bottom of his column. But it might help. Actually I’ve been out of the loop for a few days, missing the Lord’s … Continue reading

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Vic Marks: why county batsmen are no longer up to speed

Whenever some bright young thing surfaces on the county circuit to a stream of superlatives, the gnarled old pros have a tendency to sniff and ask: “But what’s he like against the short stuff?” We have witnessed a few bright … Continue reading

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Vic Marks: Bollywood finish but too much soap opera

It’s a shock to the system that it’s all over. There must be another match between Zimbabwe and Canada going on somewhere in the sub-continent. The 2011 World Cup has been like a soap opera in India, something happening every … Continue reading

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