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India crush England

England’s miraculous win against India in the opening match gave fans glimmers of hope that Joe Root’s men might be able to achieve something spectacular in this series. This dream was dramatically shattered, however, after 35 overs on the fourth day of play in the second test. It is arguable that England lost the match […]

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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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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 […]

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Sportsmanship – the grey area where ‘spirit’ meets the rule book

Over the last fortnight notable international sports stars have been caught up in sportsmanship spats. Controversial Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios – a name too well known for someone ranked 33 in the world – brought out his underarm serve in a Miami Open match against Dusan Lajovic on 25 March. On that same Monday, […]

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Rashid shows red-ball form is no longer required for England selection

So, the news is out. After a lot of debate, Adil Rashid has been selected to represent England in the form of a game that he does not currently have a contract. ‘Ridiculous’ is how the decision was branded by former captain, Michael Vaughan, while Rashid’s own county’s CEO, Mark Arthur, suggested that Yorkshire were […]