Tag Archives: Vic Marks

Blue sky thinking is best plan in South Africa

It’s time to pack my case for South Africa, and it’s decision time. Should I take the raincoat and the galoshes alongside the suncream?   England’s tours to South Africa have seemed to coincide with some spectacular downpours and the … Continue reading

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Finding reasons to be cheerful

Reasons to be cheerful while watching England’s one-day efforts against Australia: they are not peaking too early before the Champions Trophy, and the odds on them winning it are lengthening by the day. If you’re brave – or do I mean … Continue reading

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Don’t forget Colly and Monty: Ashes heroes

I still think it was won in Cardiff. Australia had to win that Test. Ricky Ponting’s side was never good enough to squander an opportunity like that and still take the series. So for a moment let’s forget the man … Continue reading

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Time for rational thought

Since the Headingley debacle the microscope has zoomed in upon England in a menacing way. There is more than a whiff of desperation in the air and desperate solutions are offered. Seduce Trescothick out of retirement; bring back Ramprakash or … Continue reading

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Bowlers look to the clouds

There is just one surefire way to improve as a cricketer. It does not involve that extra hour in the nets or intensive self-analysis with batting coaches, bowling coaches and psychologists. It simply requires being out of the team for … Continue reading

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Ponting the Ashes ‘villain’

It’s warming up nicely, even better than expected. An Ashes series, when the outcome remains undecided, gets under the skin so much better than any other. Even the press corps loses its air of bored resignation and cold objectivity becomes … Continue reading

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Cardiff smiles on England

At Cardiff we got more than we could possibly have bargained for. The Good Lord smiled upon Bill Morris, Paul Russell, the ECB and England. It might have been a disaster; it ended as something of a surreal triumph as … Continue reading

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Spotlight burns poor Hauritz

Nathan Hauritz must have commanded more column inches in the last week or two than ever before. Now this takes some explaining. I can identify a bit with Hauritz: he is a steady, tidy off-spinner with no frills and no … Continue reading

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