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Glorious summer


Some things can not be overhyped. A few events live up to every word of hyperbole. And occasionally our memories do not deceive us – the reality was every bit as good as our recollection. The 2005 Ashes, which began ten years ago this month, were one such passage of time. It was the greatest series I have ever witnessed. It was the greatest series ever played in England. Who can say it...



England’s 2015 international summer begins tomorrow, with the first test against New Zealand at Lord’s. The second test begins on Friday 29th May, at Headingley. Do you fancy going along? If so, how much will it cost to get in? The price of test and ODI tickets in England – variable, but often high – ought to be higher up the news agenda than it usually is. The host venues...

Kevin Pietersen: The Sinner and the Sinned Against


Many people are still apoplectic about Kevin Pietersen’s sudden axing from the England team. “He was a scapegoat” they cry “he was our best batsman and the faceless suits murdered him”. Similar things were said about Jim Morrison when he was arrested in Miami for exposing himself on stage. “The establishment don’t like what he represents man” fans of The Doors said. “It’s a CIA conspiracy against...

The Cult of Alastair Cook


I feel sorry for Alastair Cook. It’s no secret that the English media, and certain fans, love to build someone up and then knock them down. We see it in other sports all the time. You’re either brilliant – a world class hero, a pin-up boy, a genius or an all time great – or you’re a waste of space, a steaming pile of donkey manure or even worse, Louis Suarez. But what makes Cook a unique case is...

Inside the Turtle Tank


I recall attending a conference a few years back when the guest speaker opened with an old joke – “Asked how many people worked in his organisation, a CEO replied “about half of them.” The conference was about motivation and engagement in the workplace, and Paul Downton’s interventions on the subject during the unveiling of Peter Moores as the England cricket head coach struck me as something...

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