Category Archives: Opinion

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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Martin Johnson: The meerkat solution to watching England

A whitewash in the Test series, and a whitewash in the ODIs. Just what we all predicted for the winter showdown with Pakistan, and only a nitpicker or a pedant would be churlish enough to point out that the hacks … Continue reading

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John Emburey: Spinners can use DRS even more

If England have learned anything from the 3-0 defeat they suffered against Pakistan in the UAE Tests then it is that they simply must get their preparation right for the upcoming trip to Sri Lanka. I know that Graham Gooch, … 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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Martin Johnson: Big Bob untouchable as man of the series

It was, by anyone’s standards, a bit of a disaster, and the post mortems, inquests and soul searching would have gone on for quite some time after England’s Test series hammering by Pakistan. How awful was that? Who’s to blame? … Continue reading

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Marcus Trescothick: England batsmen must learn from Younis

England’s batsmen would do well to carefully study film of Younis Khan’s 127 in the final Test against Pakistan as part of their preparations for the next series in Sri Lanka. We need to be more positive against the spinners … 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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Vic Marks: Cricket in Dubai better than its backdrop

As a newcomer to Dubai it has been a surreal experience just getting to the cricket stadium in the middle of what was so recently the desert. There is still plenty of sand around, though now it swirls around all … Continue reading

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Marcus Trescothick: No excuse for not being battle-ready

England have had four months off without any serious Test cricket. And that more than anything was responsible for their poor showing against Pakistan in Dubai. You need that competitive edge at the highest level and, while you can gain … Continue reading

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CMJ: Strauss must be wary of resurgent Pakistan

It would be all too easy for England, trying not to bask too indulgently in their status as officially the best Test team in the world, to slip up in either Dubai or Abu Dhabi over the next few weeks. … Continue reading

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