Category Archives: Simon Hughes

Simon Hughes: Heat is on England in Sri Lanka

The alarming tale of the Bolton footballer Fabrice Muamba who collapsed on the field against Tottenham prompts two immediate thoughts. One, the memory of a cricketing colleague of mine who suffered a number of similar heart seizures and whose premature … Continue reading

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Simon Hughes: Experience the key one-day ingredient

If you doubt the value of experience in one-day international cricket, just look at England. They depended hugely on Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen in their extraordinary 4-0 triumph in the one-day series. Not only had these two played a … Continue reading

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Simon Hughes: The mental torment of Saeed Ajmal

The threat posed by Saeed Ajmal and his spinning assistants is, when combined with a dusty, low bouncing pitch and the Decision Review System, as big as that of the conveyor belt of tall West indies fast bowlers in the … Continue reading

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Simon Hughes: It’s been a good year for the bowlers

It has been a good year for bowlers. In Test cricket the fast men have been taking their wickets more cheaply than in the past few seasons, and despite the retirement of those two great wicket-thiefs of the last decade … Continue reading

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Simon Hughes: Primacy of Tests demands protection

At any cricket Q&A session the most common question – after “what’s the best sledge you have ever heard?” – is “do you think Test cricket will survive?” My answer is always an unmitigated “Yes!” It is the original form … Continue reading

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Simon Hughes: Trott is problem more than solution

Jonathan Trott is easily the leading one-day run scorer in the world this calendar year. Only a couple of players are even close to his 1100-plus runs in that format since November last year. And yet he remains as much … Continue reading

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Simon Hughes: More power to Swann will push England on

The Lord’s one-day international between England and India proved a timely point: that there is still life in the 50-over format. The match ebbed and flowed, teams were able to construct promising positions in a stealthy, strategic way rather than … Continue reading

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Simon Hughes: No excuse for lack of effort

It has been quite illuminating watching the England and Indian teams warm up this summer. England have a strict routine. After doing their own batting practice beforehand they all assemble at 10.15 for a briefing. Five minutes later a sequence … Continue reading

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Simon Hughes: Prior elevated to rank of ‘England’s Gilchrist’

Matt Prior has become England’s Adam Gilchrist. He now has a better Test batting average than any previous England wicketkeeper. His recent productivity has enabled him to overtake Les Ames, the legendary Kent and England gloveman, in the batting stakes. … Continue reading

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Simon Hughes: Bell omission sums up Broad’s woes

Stuart Broad could not have had a worst start to his international captaincy career. He lost the toss, selected a strange side, got the opening pair wrong with the bat and the ball, and lost the game comfortably. Of course, … Continue reading

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