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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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CMJ: Well-being of cricket should be Morgan’s priority

One should always be prepared to offer an alternative when criticising cricket administrators who invariably have the game’s best interests at heart but all too often give way to mis-placed priorities. This, therefore, is what I suggested to David Morgan when … Continue reading

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CMJ: The strength and serendipity of Basil D’Oliveira

Anyone who got to know Basil D’Oliveira in England or his native South Africa before his old age was left with an indelible impression of strength and dignity. Barrel-chested power and penetrating brown eyes were the physical characteristics that struck … Continue reading

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CMJ: England reach natural ODI level, for now

Fifth in the world again in the 50-over game: that seems about right for England, although in their own conditions India are the best, not third behind Australia and South Africa as they now officially are. Inspired by their leonine … Continue reading

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CMJ: Recession having little effect on Team England

Depression? Recession? Time for austerity and pulling in the horns? Not as far as the England and Wales Cricket Board is concerned. Not, at least, when it comes to expenditure on England activities. The announcement this week that the England … Continue reading

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CMJ: Bradshaw will be a hard act to follow at Lord’s

Many things happened in cricket last week- England’s victory at The Oval, Sachin Tendulkar’s near miss, Eoin Morgan’s happy return to Dublin, Leicestershire’s spirited Twenty20 triumph and so on- but the news that stirred me most was the resignation of … Continue reading

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CMJ: England’s ‘Three Bs’ should all play at Edgbaston

And so, as old Samuel might have put it, to Birmingham, there to see England scale further heights. Probably, but it will not be so easy for England this time because India’s pride is deeply wounded and with luck they … Continue reading

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CMJ: Increase in bad behaviour a real cause for concern

The hot-headedness of Stuart Broad, in part a symptom of his current problems as a bowler who has temporarily lost the art of taking wickets, cost him half his match fee after England’s second one-day international against Sri Lanka at … Continue reading

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CMJ: Lord’s pitch not the villain of second Test

Was it the pitch, was it the weather or were the bowlers not quite good enough to take 20 wickets in the Lord’s Test? The game, watched by full houses in sunny weather on the first two days, was a … Continue reading

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Peter Loader 1929-2011

But for a sprouting of outstanding England pace bowlers this hero of the great Surrey side of the 1950s would have played many more Tests writes Christopher Martin-Jenkins PETER LOADER was genial company off the field but a feared and … Continue reading

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