Category Archives: Aug 2008

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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Keeping Up With The Reads

Tips from the top: Nottinghamshire captain Chris Read has been wooing purists with his silky glovework for over a decade. Here he explains that good keeping is about good basics Interview by Edward Craig Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/ Getty Images The … Continue reading

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Normal Services Resumed

Stephen Chalke on the centenary of a fixture that returns to Lord’s this summer The Royal Navy versus The Army. At Lord’s, June 1908. The match was the brainchild of naval commander Hugh Watson and army captain Tom Sheppard, great-uncle … Continue reading

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Lonely Landscape For Literary Giants

The heavy ball: Kevin Mitchell “Depending on your tastes, it will come as good or crushing news that Jeffrey Archer has recently promised he will never write a novel about cricket.” Photograph: AFP/ Getty Images What is so engaging about … Continue reading

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A Prime Case Of Beauty In Duty

Frith’s Encounters No.15 – Herbert Sutcliffe Photograph: Hulton Archive/ Getty Images As surviving film testifies, Herbert Sutcliffe was not exactly poetry in motion. He even ran stiff-leggedly. But he was a model of sound technique, control and poise, usually capless, … Continue reading

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John Victor Wilson 1921-2008

1921-2008 A trail-blazing Yorkshire captain of few words but many successes, by Stephen Chalke Photograph: Hulton Archive/ Getty Images Born into farming stock in the East Riding, Vic Wilson was a hard-hitting, left-handed batsman and an outstanding fielder for Yorkshire, … Continue reading

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Who Will Save Tests In India?

The Indian market doesn’t demand Test cricket and players no longer seem to be lobbying for it. Rahul Bhattacharya investigates the uncertain future of the five-day game in India Photograph: Sam Panthaky/ AFP/ Getty Images Indian cricket followers are in … Continue reading

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Loose Talk: Shaun Marsh

Nagraj Gollapudi talks to Shaun Marsh, the IPL’s most valubale player “Being recognised means you are doing well – nothing more” Photograph: Chris McGrath/ Getty Images You were the highest run scorer and most valuable player in the IPL. How … Continue reading

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A Man Defined By Stubbornness

My favourite cricketer: Michael Atherton Emma John’s teenage years were not consumed by boy bands. She went crazy for Athers, dirty pockets and all Photograph: Simon Bruty/ Getty Images I am too young to feel nostalgic about anything to do … Continue reading

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Money In The Motivation

Expert eye: Jeremy Snape Money will always be an important dressing-room topic, how will the players cope in the Stanford Twenty20 for 20? Photograph: Indranil Mukherjee/ AFP/ Getty Images I have just retired from professional cricket after 16 years. In … Continue reading

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