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The TWC summit: Is Andy Flower the right choice for England?

So England have appointed Andy Flower, not as their new coach, but as their new team director of cricket. But is there more to Flower than tough talking and a name that delights the headline-writers? Was he really the best … Continue reading

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The Unlikely Lad

There were more obvious heroes to choose from Surrey’s team of the 1950s but Jonathan Rice loved the unsung Peter Loader Photograph: Hulton Archive/ Getty Images There is no logical reason why my favourite cricketer should be Peter Loader, the … Continue reading

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"I'm Not A Feminist"

Rachael Heyhoe-Flint brought profile and recognition to the women’s game. She instigated the first Women’s World Cup in 1973 – two years before the inaugural men’s event – and led England to victory. She was an unbeaten Test captain, a … Continue reading

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A Failure To Take The Credit

Agenda: The ECB has not turned its big idea into big bucks and that is the source of its problems, argues Richard Gillis Photograph: Findlay Kember/ AFP/ Getty Images Matti Makkonen is a shy former mobile telecom engineer from Finland, … Continue reading

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Every Good Boy Deserves A Father Figure

The heavy ball: For every Shane Warne there are hundreds of talented players who slip away from the game, says Kevin Mitchell Photograph: Hamish Blair/ Getty Images Mark was a gifted cricketer, a schoolboy prodigy who bowled good offbreaks and … Continue reading

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The Real Stanford Effect

Allen Stanford’s contribution to West Indian cricket amounts to more than a few dodgy deals – he helped reinvigorate the game in the islands, writes Tony Cozier Photograph: Tom Shaw/Getty Images A chorus of “I told you so” reverberated across … Continue reading

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The XI England Debacles

Fifty-one all out. England are masters of creating chaos from calm. They’ve been doing it since Tests began. By Andrew Miller Photograph: Mark Dadswell/Getty Images 1 The Oval, v Australia, 1882 The original instance of English hubris and still arguably … Continue reading

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Keep Pakistan Playing

From the editor: Pakistan must play cricket, wherever and whenever they can, rather than be shunned over security concerns England were scheduled to tour Pakistan early next year, a trip that even at this stage may be in serious doubt … Continue reading

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How To Replace An Icon

Worcestershire are back in Division One but without Graeme Hick. Paul Bolton talks to director of cricket Steve Rhodes about the next era Photograph: Stu Forster/ Getty Images There have been some significant changes on and off the pitch at … Continue reading

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Dancing To His Own Tune

Last summer Mark Ramprakash scored his hundredth first-class hundred but it wasn’t a totally serene journey. Simon Hattenstone hears his take on a momentous season Photograph: Getty Images Think Mark Ramprakash. The first thing that comes to mind is a … Continue reading

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