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Kumar Sangakkara: ‘Test cricket is where your name is made’

Given the prestige attached to World Cup victories, does Test cricket need a World Test championship tomaintain its pre-eminence? I was all in favour of starting that concept as soon as possible, even though putting it back [to 2017] has … Continue reading

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Ray Illingworth reveals match-fixing approach: Richard Gibson

Ray Illingworth was tapped up to throw a match against the Netherlands when he was England manager at the 1996 World Cup. Illingworth, now 79, was twice approached by the same individual at the team hotel in Peshawar and reported the incident … Continue reading

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Simon Hughes: More power to Swann will push England on

The Lord’s one-day international between England and India proved a timely point: that there is still life in the 50-over format. The match ebbed and flowed, teams were able to construct promising positions in a stealthy, strategic way rather than … Continue reading

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O’Brien keeps fingers crossed on ICC’s World Cup strategy

Northamptonshire wicketkeeper Niall O’Brien hopes the International Cricket Council do reverse an initial decision not to allow qualification for the 2015 World Cup – otherwise fearing that a generation of Irish youngsters will be lost to the game. The 29-year-old … Continue reading

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Sunni Upal: Why India will now safeguard ODIs

Cast your minds back to April 2007. Australia went to the Caribbean having just thumped England 5-0 in the Ashes and then dominated in the West Indies to claim their third consecutive World Cup. How times change…especially for the Aussies! … Continue reading

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Jason Mennell: Zimbabwe recovers from its ‘Munich moment’

Cricket in Zimbabwe has made tremendous strides since 2006, which given the political strife and turmoil faced by the beleaguered nation is nothing short of a miracle. C.L.R James persuasively illustrated in Beyond a Boundary that the style of cricket … 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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Rob Steen: Slowly does it

Shahid Afridi may bowl a tad briskly for the purist, not to mention celebrate his triumphs a mite excessively, but when it comes to putting a smile on spinners’ faces during a World Cup, he’s done a bang-up job. Together … Continue reading

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Dutch cricket boss steps up criticism of ICC

Holland chief executive Richard Cox wants answers from the International Cricket Council about the future of associate member countries following the decision to exclude minnows from the 2015 World Cup. Only Test-playing nations will be allowed to compete in four … Continue reading

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Bopara: why Test return means everything

Ravi Bopara will have only one thing on his mind when the County Championship season starts on April 8 and that is to win back his England Test place. “My aim is to start the season by getting a lot … Continue reading

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