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Simon Hughes: No excuse for lack of effort

It has been quite illuminating watching the England and Indian teams warm up this summer. England have a strict routine. After doing their own batting practice beforehand they all assemble at 10.15 for a briefing. Five minutes later a sequence … Continue reading

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Simon Hughes: Prior elevated to rank of ‘England’s Gilchrist’

Matt Prior has become England’s Adam Gilchrist. He now has a better Test batting average than any previous England wicketkeeper. His recent productivity has enabled him to overtake Les Ames, the legendary Kent and England gloveman, in the batting stakes. … Continue reading

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Simon Hughes: Bell omission sums up Broad’s woes

Stuart Broad could not have had a worst start to his international captaincy career. He lost the toss, selected a strange side, got the opening pair wrong with the bat and the ball, and lost the game comfortably. Of course, … Continue reading

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Simon Hughes: England missing Collingwood’s dynamism

Andrew Strauss says in his recently published diary, Winning the Ashes Down Under, that Paul Collingwood had “over-achieved” as a cricketer and that “we would only recognise him for what he did when he’s gone”. That recognition has come at … Continue reading

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Simon Hughes: On two fronts, cricket takes a turn for the better

Two good things have happened in cricket during the last week. Firstly, for an old bowler like me the opening rounds of County Championship matches have been rather fun, a sort of a throwback to the days of uncovered pitches. … Continue reading

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Simon Hughes: Trott a symbol of England’s failings

That Jonathan Trott has scored more runs than anyone else in the World Cup (422) but less boundaries than the next 10 in the list is an interesting statistic. He has been England’s mainstay with the bat in the competition, … Continue reading

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Exhausted England endure mental torture

England’s struggles against the Netherlands in their first World Cup match indicate not so much their inadequacy – or Holland’s improvement – but more the huge mental exertion they expended to win the Ashes in Australia. We all had an … Continue reading

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A Right Royal Occasion!

With the wedding between HRH Prince William and Kate Middleton taking place on April 29, 2011, it’s fitting to look back to the Royal Wedding of 1981 and events in the cricket world when William’s parents – HRH Prince Charles and Lady … Continue reading

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Cool Bell would have been IPL bargain

So it is now eight Twenty20 wins on the trot for England, a world record, if that means anything given the short history of Twenty20 internationals. How have they done it? Staying cool would have to be the number one … Continue reading

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Bell elevation to five would boost England

So, three weeks of sparring and they are level on points going into the final two rounds. The coaches will be in their respective corners towelling down their men. They will be encouraging them and inspiring them and making one … Continue reading

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