Author Archives: Lawrence Booth

Why the ICC axed the minnows: Lawrence Booth

Cricket really does know how to stuff things up. Even while a sixth of the world’s population was basking in the glory of India’s victory in Mumbai, it was announced that the big boys had ring-fenced the 2015 World Cup. … Continue reading

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Lawrence Booth’s World Cup Awards

We’re almost there. And it’s been quite a journey (especially that one from Dhaka to Nagpur via Mumbai). Time, then, to hand out a few gongs… Best innings A few contenders. For home-crowd-pleasing thrills, Sachn Tendulkar’s 120 against England in … Continue reading

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England’s surprise batting order: Lawrence Booth

A kind of delirium appears to have descended on England. Like the sole survivor of a plane crash, they may just be beginning to believe in their own invulnerability – which, in the absence of a discernible strategy and with … Continue reading

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Do England play the masters of the minnows?

England face a problem. Forget the small matter of being one defeat away from a fifth-successive World Cup fiasco; we’re all familiar with that scenario by now. No, what must really be toying with their minds ahead of tomorrow’s game … Continue reading

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Stumped For An Answer

The Wisden Cricketer, August 2008 Since Alec Stewart retired five years ago England have dropped keepers almost as often as the keepers have dropped catches or flopped with the bat. Lawrence Booth examines the problem and the stats in search of … Continue reading

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World Cup’s match-fixing truth: Lawrence Booth

A headline in this morning’s Times of India reads: “ICC to probe ‘fixing’ charge”. It’s a good headline. It catches the eye, and the inverted commas pay lip service to the idea that nothing has been proven. Hell, it even … Continue reading

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Pietersen still learning to open up: Lawrence Booth

Ahead of yesterday’s game against the Netherlands, Andrew Strauss declared himself “excited” at the prospect of opening with Kevin Pietersen. If he sounded like a teenage boy about to embark on a first date with the girl he’s always fancied … Continue reading

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Pietersen and Prior’s big move: Lawrence Booth

So, it looks as if an Andy Flower hunch has finally fallen flat. Preferred as opener to Steve Davies after only one game of the Commonwealth Bank Series, Matt Prior has now been told he will be batting down the … Continue reading

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England lose but don't panic: Lawrence Booth

When is it not too troubling to lose a one-day international after scoring 333? Answer: when you’ve spent most of the series worrying about your batsmen, and your bowling line-up is so full of all-sorts it risks being sued by … Continue reading

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England lose but don’t panic: Lawrence Booth

When is it not too troubling to lose a one-day international after scoring 333? Answer: when you’ve spent most of the series worrying about your batsmen, and your bowling line-up is so full of all-sorts it risks being sued by … Continue reading

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