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England can master Perth’s capricious Doctor

Climatoglogists amongst you will know that when the sun warms the ground, hot air rises and is replaced by cool air from the sea. Hence a sea breeze at a beach resort. There is an extreme version of this in … Continue reading

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England must consider five-man attack

Aside from the titanic performance from England’s top three, the lesson to come out of the batathon at the Gabba is England OUGHT to play five bowlers at Adelaide. Of course they won’t but they should. Or are they playing … Continue reading

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No cuts in the county cricket bubble

It is rather typical of the rarefied world of county cricket that, at a time of swingeing country-wide cuts in Britain, there are none in next year’s county schedule. Despite the obvious signs that both players and spectators were fed … Continue reading

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England coaches should also take a bow

Ijaz Butt’s latest statement claims that England are guilty of match fixing. If by that he means that they deliberately won the final NatWest one-day international at the Rose Bowl, he is right. It was a superb, gritty performance that … Continue reading

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The strange scene I witnessed at Lord's

You have probably read enough about the Lord’s Test between England and Pakistan now. It is amazing what reams and reams of coverage are generated by a couple of apparently innocent no-balls. Incidentally, I once bowled a no-ball at Lord’s … Continue reading

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Why I'm worried about Finn

I have seen Steven Finn three times recently. The first time was at the ODI against the Australians at Cardiff. He was doing some catching practice. The second was at the ODI at Lord’s last weekend. He bowled a few … Continue reading

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Shahzad is exciting addition to England squad

Contrary to popular opinion, the Bangladesh Test series wasn’t entirely pointless. A squad system is vital for survival on the international treadmill and England can now add two important bowlers – Steven Finn and Ajmal Shahzad – to their stable. … Continue reading

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Intense England evoke Rose Bowl win of 2005

England’s performance against South Africa in the ICC World Twenty20 on Saturday was their most intense in one-day cricket for five years. The predatory nature of the fielding, the powerful batting and the skillful bowling brought back memories of that … Continue reading

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Gaudy IPL is tumbling out of control

The experience of being in Bangladesh for a fortnight has been slightly surreal. Here you have the second poorest nation in the world dominated by hardship and the tortuous progress of cycle rickshaws often laden with vast cargo weighing down … Continue reading

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Bangladesh stand still in cricket world spinning faster

The cricket world seems to be simultaneously expanding and contracting. The arrival of IPL 3 has got India buzzing, and it is apparently being broadcast in 126 countries. Zimbabwe also are on the comeback trail, and have appointed Alan Butcher … Continue reading

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