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A Guide For Disabled Cricketers

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I quickly wanted to give people with disabilities a heads up about Darren Douglas’s new Disability Cricket Guide. It’s a pretty comprehensive article that explains how you can get involved in the sport at amateur level. I have to admit that, like many, I was in the dark somewhat when it comes to this subject. However, after discussing things with Darren it seems there are great...

England’s Formula For Ashes Glory – A Random Theory

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Well, our lads are in Australia now, and the first warm up game starts at the WACA in three days’ time. That means it’s precisely 76 hours until some young bastard named Greg Law or Stuart Blewett (or something similar) takes Broad and Anderson to the cleaners and inserts the very first nail in our Ashes coffin. Anyway, all is not lost. Ben Stokes might be as absent as salad in Mike...

Bloody Australians

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First I’ll begin with a confession. When I was a teenager I used to take life too seriously. And I used to get far too worked up about sport. I used to hate Shane Warne with a passion (a very unhealthy passion), and I used to fantasise about punching Matthew Hayden in the face. For me the Ashes was a war. It was the benevolent English against the uncouth Aussie scum. I used to despise their...

L’Etranger

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Eleven positions make up the standard cricket team. Each possesses its own unique aspects, be they geographical, technical or skill related. Each possesses certain nuances which the incumbent must be cognisant of in order to perform proficiently. Each will require a modicum of adaptability and metamorphosis, changing roles depending on the ebb and flow of a match. Nevertheless, the average...

Three Is Not The Magic Number For Root

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Yesterday I heard Kevin Pietersen playing down England’s Ashes chances. He quite rightly pointed out all the holes in our batting line up, which currently resembles something akin to Swiss cheese. Although to be fair to the cheese-makers of Switzerland, their diary products are probably hardier and more resilient. Where I disagree with KP, however, is his assertion that Joe Root should bat 3. Why...

Joy! World Test Championship Approved

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Word has just reached us that hell has indeed frozen over. The ICC has reached an agreement to introduce a world test championship and ODI league from 2019. These competitions will start after the World Cup. The test championship will run over a two year period. Each team will play six series (three home and three away) lasting at least two tests. The structure will be flexible to allow longer...

Would The Big Bash Work In England? A View From Down Under

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Last week I received an email from Simon Cousins, an Australian Kent fan living in Sydney. We got chatting about the Big Bash and whether Harrison’s Harebrained Have A Hit would be a success. Simon’s responses were so detailed and enlightening that I felt compelled to share them. He makes some very good points. Here’s what he had to say … Much is made by supporters of the...

Can England Win The Ashes Without Stokes?

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One punch caught on camera. One giant kick in the jatz crackers for England’s Ashes hopes. When I heard last week that Ben Stokes had been involved in a fight – this time with a real person rather than a locker – my heart sank. It sank even further when I saw that CCTV video of a man getting knocked cold by a devastating haymaker. David Warner can only dream of landing a punch like that. And the...

In Keeping With Tradition: A Tribute To Chris Read

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There is a scene in an old episode of The Simpsons where Principal Skinner is addressing a new intake of students and Bart scuppers it by unfurling a banner with the message – “Skinner is a wiener”. The Principal of Springfield Elementary looks up forlornly to the heavens and mutters “you’ve lost them Seymour. You’ve lost them”. He knows immediately that regardless of what he does throughout the...

The Lions’ Mane Men

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Excuse the headline. It has been a long week. But a least a bad pun is better than a misspelling. I just wanted to quickly discuss the England Lions squad for the winter … and obviously any mention of lions provides plenty of opportunity for cheesy headlines. Be thankful I didn’t roll out the old ‘lions squad to be roaring success’ chestnut. So what do we make of the squad...

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