AuthorRob Stephenson

Dawid Malan?

What does one do when the cupboard is bare? This is the question that’s been bothering me since England’s pathetic capitulation at Edgbaston. Some want to look to the future; others want to recycle players from the past. One name that keeps coming up, however, is the admirable Dawid Malan. Today Rob Stephenson champions the veteran left-hander’s cause … So that is that. A chastening defeat and a first home loss in six years, and England’s young batting line up ridiculed as one of the...

Family Misfortunes

It must be tough to be a sibling, in the same line of work (professional sport for instance) and yet be overshadowed by an older or younger brother or sister (or cousin for that matter). Iain Greig was a solid county all-rounder – but few casual fans would be able to tell you that he played two tests in 1982 as England floundered even with Botham for a period of time. More recently Billy Root has showed signs of developing into a solid county batsman at Glamorgan, yet will always suffer...

The Joy Of Medium Pace

We all know how cricket writers and supporters in England love to romanticise certain forms of bowling. Leg spin and fast bowling are probably the best examples, in part because there are so few genuinely great exponents of both of these challenging arts. Medium pacers (and I enclose medium fast and fast medium) seam and swing doesn’t seem to get quite the same respect, although Jimmy Anderson’s skill and longevity are certainly well known and respected, as is Stuart Broad. The list of English...

Joe Clarke: The Spectre At The Feast?

Today Rob Stephenson asks what’s next for one of England’s brightest but most controversial young batsmen … English batting at the moment seems in reasonable health. Since the retirement of the colossus that was Alistair Cook two and a half years ago, a number of young batsmen have come into the team – Rory Burns (yes, young in terms of experience), and Messrs Sibley, Crawley, Pope and now Lawrence. The first four have all scored maiden test hundreds and Dan Lawrence may...

County Stalwarts: Digger Martin

Here’s new writer Rob Stephenson with a tribute to Lancs legend Peter Martin … My first experience of live cricket was back in 1991- a reserve England side played Sri Lanka A at Old Trafford. I got my first ever autograph from a tall blonde bloke wondering round the boundary. This was Peter Martin. Shortly after this match I became a Lancashire member, and my teenage years of cricket watching coincided with the great Lancashire one day team of that era. They won a number of trophies...

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