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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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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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Martin Johnson: England doing their bit again for pub conversation

That’s better. Ever since England thrashed the Aussies Down Under last winter, there hasn’t been a single decent conversation down at my local pub.  For decades, the place has reverberated with animated chatter – mostly along the lines of “they’re … Continue reading

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Martin Johnson: Let’s drink to another England win

As England were dismantling, for the second time, an Indian side whose players look as though they would sooner have their toenails removed without anaesthetic than be over here playing cricket, Geoffrey Boycott informed his radio listeners that he’d never … Continue reading

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Martin Johnson: the charm of the County Championship

I hadn’t been to Worcester for ages, and I was reminded that there is no more quintessentially English cricket ground than New Road when I drove through the gates and past four prime parking spaces reserved for the tea ladies. … Continue reading

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Martin Johnson: Flogging the Skegness donkey

Many years ago, after taking nought for plenty on a pitch that could have been used as exhibit A in the case for the Flat Earth Society, the England pace bowler Alan Ward wearily lowered himself into the dressing room … Continue reading

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Hapless Aussies should burn Doug’s rug and put it in an urn

There was a symbolic moment inside the Sydney press box while England were homing in on their third innings victory of the series, when part of the ceiling fell down on an Australian journalist and hit him on the head. … Continue reading

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Aussie blood flows in the Gabbatoir

So much for the “Blue Monster”. The soubriquet attributed to the Gabba pitch by the Brisbane Courier-Mail before the first Test match turned out to be more like Exhibit A in the case for the Flat Earth Society, and as … Continue reading

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Arise, Sir Douglas…

There were any number of contributing factors to England’s last visit Down Under ending in complete disaster, but paralysis by analysis would have to be fairly high up the list. They took enough analysts to fill an extra jumbo jet, … Continue reading

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Easy to see plenty of ifs and Butts in cricket’s shady past

Ye gods. How far back does this go? Is it possible, on that famous occasion when WG Grace calmly replaced the bails with a nod and a wink to the umpire, and some fatuous comment about the wind having blown … Continue reading

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