Category Archives: Oct2009

"You Can’t Just Take Cricket Away From Pakistan"

October 2009 Wasim Akram on Pakistan’s future as a home Test nation, ball-tampering and why he was more difficult to face than Waqar Interview by Sam Collins Do Pakistan have a future as a home-Test nation? It’s very difficult to … Continue reading

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How The County Cousins Cracked The Capital

How The County Cousins Cracked The Capital October 2009 For more than a hundred years cricket’s trophy engravers never had cause to write the word ‘Somerset’. However hard the county tried, the only cups at Taunton came with saucers beneath … Continue reading

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The Brilliant, Unforgiven Captain

The Brilliant, Unforgiven Captain October 2009 Ricky Ponting is an exceptional batsman, has a better captaincy record than Steve Waugh, yet will not be forgiven for losing the Ashes twice, says Kevin Mitchell They booed him in. They did not … Continue reading

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Grounds For Complaint

Grounds For Complaint October 2009 The number of Test venues in the UK has increased but is this really a good thing or is it costing the counties and spectators more than they imagine? Rod Gilmour investigates It is 2013, … Continue reading

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"I Hated Javed's Guts"

“I Hated Javed’s Guts” October 2009 Ravi Shastri made his debut for India at 18 bowling left-arm spin and batting at No.10. Within two years he had made a hundred opening the innings and by the time he retired aged … Continue reading

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Symbol Of The '80s

At one point or another Ian Botham was most people’s hero and Alan Tyers admits that Beefy shaped his childhood with a champion’s feats of derring-do Photograph by Patrick Eagar Odds 500-1 … Lillee had a tenner … the golf … Continue reading

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Umpire Reviews Are Flawed

Umpire Reviews Are Flawed October 2009 Umpires are losing the art of giving decisions, says former international umpire Peter Willey As a first-class umpire, thanks to technology, I do find myself thinking differently about decisions, especially lbws. And I shouldn’t … Continue reading

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Credit To Ponting, Too

Credit To Ponting, Too October 2009 Ricky Ponting deserves credit for keeping his head in very difficult circumstances in the 2009 Ashes, says John Stern Ricky Ponting did not deserve that. From the moment he landed in the UK in … Continue reading

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Crazy And Unpredictable

Crazy And Unpredictable October 2009 Gideon Haigh witnessed every ball of a topsy-turvy summer and plenty more besides in another belting Ashes series Tuesday June 30 “You are from Australia?” says the Bangkok rickshaw driver. “Sydney. Melbourne.” Then, at the … Continue reading

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Not Everest, Merely Base Camp

Not Everest, Merely Base Camp October 2009 Nasser Hussain finds plenty to admire in England’s Ashes victory but warns against 2005-style triumphalism The bottom line with this Ashes series was that neither side was good enough to sustain pressure and … Continue reading

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