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Memories of the King of Spin

This article was originally submitted on the 15th March Picture this: a midsummer’s day in 2005, you’re sat at Lords. The Aussies are in town for the classic biennial standoff. They have a formidable team, with a record to match. Between them they have over 700 caps compared to a fairly inexperienced English squad, many […]

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The Survival of Cricket

“Test cricket is dead.” Those were the words of the ever-positive Michael Vaughan during an interview last week. While he holds a somewhat mixed reputation as a pundit, here Mr Vaughan is most certainly correct. This article is not titled “The Survival of Test Cricket”, as you will no doubt realise after checking the title […]

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England’s experience pays off in emphatic victory

Just under a month after India’s heroics in Australia, they turned to play host to an England team hot from their own winning feats in Sri Lanka. Prior to going into this series, most cricket pundits, including a very vocal Michael Vaughan, gave England absolutely no chance of being able to succeed in any aspect […]

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DRS decisions are not infallible

Two incidents within half an hour on the first day of England’s second test against India prove that the process for technology reviewing decisions is not perfect. It is only when the umpire has the right data and uses it correctly that it adds to the spectacle.  DRS in cricket has had a longer history […]

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England must improve on Sri Lanka series to prevail in India

As England captain Joe Root posed with the Moose Cup, a buoyant smile filled his face. A hallmark of his early days in an England shirt, this excitable expression has been rarer in recent years with the burden of captaincy taking its toll. It was thus a welcome sight for England fans to see their […]

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Patient India can be a template for England

Winning cricket matches in Australia is hard. Hostile crowds and daunting records greet tourists before a ball is bowled. On the pitch, aggressive batting and intimidating bowling take over. At home, Australia dominate.   The setting for the deciding test between India and Australia was at the seat of this dominion, The Gabba, or ‘The Gabbatoir’ […]

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Sydney was a blip. Australia has changed since ‘Sandpaper-gate’

Day five at the Sydney Cricket Ground bore witness to a historic fightback as India batted out the day to secure a draw. Ajinkya Rahane’s much depleted side showed great character, surviving 131 overs against arguably the world’s best attack, which only three weeks earlier had bowled them out for 36 runs. Despite this, the […]

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Mumbai secure back-to-back IPL titles

Mumbai Indians made history last week as they won their fifth Indian Premier league title by sweeping aside Delhi Capitals in the final. They also become only the second team after Chennai Super Kings to win back-to back titles. Such dominance is all the more extraordinary in a league that was only founded 13 years […]