Category Archives: Jul 2008

Loose Talk: Shane Bond

“I’m still available to be picked” Interview by Edward Craig Photograph: Ryan Pierse/ Getty Images How do you think New Zealand cricket has dealt with your situation regarding the ICL and IPL, leading to an international ban? Not ideal. I … Continue reading

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Keepers Of Conscience

Agenda: The MCC’s illustrious committee of ex-players provides cricket’s moral compass. John Stern finds out what they think – and whether they can make it happen Photograph: Mark Nolan/ Getty Images Steve Waugh is standing in the Long Room at … Continue reading

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From The Editor: Same Old Problem

John Stern is editor of The Wisden Cricketer Photograph: Stu Forster/ Getty Images Kick the Kolpaks out is the mood of the moment in the county game. And there is certainly a temptation to accede to a knee-jerk xenophobia and … Continue reading

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Mike Procter: The Inimitable Man

As Mike Procter bowled fast off the wrong foot John Inverdale was doing himself an injury trying to copy him Photograph: Hulton Archive/ Getty Images There are probably a lot of men in their forties and fifties walking around the … Continue reading

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Been There Done That: Martin Crowe

Andrew Miller interviews Martin Crowe, the batting talisman of New Zealand’s most successful ever side in the 1980s. Photograph: Adrian Murrell/ Getty Images Martin Crowe made his Test debut at 19 and became the stylish batting talisman of New Zealand’s … Continue reading

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The XI Unbeatable Records

Records are there to be broken, apparently, but Rob Smyth lists the ones that never will be Photograph: Fox Photos/ Getty Images 1. A century of centuries Mark Ramprakash will at some point, if not already, be the 25th and … Continue reading

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Kiwi Fruit – Second Class

Expert eye: Jeremy Coney Photograph: Marty Mellville/ Getty Images New Zealand is reputed for its edge-of-the-world cunning, cleverly compensating for a lack of talent. The current side continues this precept. So English papers sharpened their scalpels: New Zealand were ‘an … Continue reading

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Frith's Encounters No.14: George Headley

Atlas of the world Photograph: Hulton Archive/ Getty Images While George Headley was often referred to as the Black Bradman, the Caribbean preference was always for Don Bradman to be called the White Headley. Statistics strongly support Headley’s lofty repute: … Continue reading

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Scanning From Cowdrey To Ramps

The heavy ball: Kevin Mitchell on Colin Cowdrey’s unlikely return to Test cricket aged 41 Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images An impressionable young man once wrote a poem – an execrable ode long since consigned to the dustbin of mawkish sentimentality … Continue reading

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Harold Stephenson 1920-2008

1920-2008 The sociable stumper – Somerset’s popular wicketkeeper topped 1,000 victims, led the county to third and took part in a notorious prank, says David Foot Photograph: Dennis Oulds/ Hulton Archive/ Getty Images Somerset never had a better wicketkeeper. Harold … Continue reading

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