Tag Archives: Martin Johnson

The Shakoor Rana Trophy, anybody?

England and Pakistan will not be playing for anything tangible this summer, like the Ashes, but given that their cricketing history has occasionally teetered on the edge of what a divorce court would call an irretrievable breakdown, how about setting … Continue reading

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Aussies attempt to prevent a Pommy whitewash

I attribute my gift for lip reading to many entertaining years of studying Mervyn Hughes while he was standing about half a centimetre from Graeme Hick’s helmet grille. It took a little while, but I finally found myself able to … Continue reading

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Test Match Special: an appreciation

There are not many sporting events that are more enriching to listen to on the radio than to watch on the television. Certainly not football, where the experience is rarely enhanced by that pompous know-all Alan Green snorting at the … Continue reading

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Season’s earliest start is a case of April foolery

There was a time, sadly long since consigned to history, when a journalist would have awarded an MP not much more than two out of ten in the art of filling out a creative expenses form. True, you’d have been … Continue reading

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Lamenting the death of the real No.11s

If the best known example of a mixed emotion is watching the mother-in-law drive over a cliff in your brand new Mercedes, then the sight of Graham Onions blocking out the final over to save the Durban Test match aroused … Continue reading

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Twenty20: biff, bang… boring

Not so long ago I was watching a grainy old black and white ‘Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf’ video, circa the early 1960s, and when Sam Snead’s opening tee shot bounced along what appeared to be, by comparison with today’s … Continue reading

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Money-making – at a price

The opinion poll revealing that only 11 per cent of English cricketers regard the ECB as about as useful an organisation as a chocolate teapot won’t have caused too much of a stir inside the chairman’s office, as Giles Clarke … Continue reading

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Official: Australia’s aura is over

They think it’s all aura. It is now. When Andrew Strauss suggested that this Australian team didn’t quite have the intimidation factor of the three previous dynasties, he was merely stating what we already knew, and the fact that England … Continue reading

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Make room on the bus for Rudi and the Duke

It’s a little early to be talking about books for Christmas, but already the queues are starting to form outside Waterstones and WH Smith in anticipation of some long overdue variety amongst the more traditional offerings. The only drawback to … Continue reading

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Ashes fever strikes again

There’s something about the Ashes which acts upon MCC members like a full moon on a werewolf, a transformation to rank alongside Dr Jekyll’s when he started swigging from a test tube. In a normal summer, they doff their egg … Continue reading

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