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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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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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England test team in need of ODI-like reform

In 2015, England to qualify for the knockout stage of the ODI World Cup. A team which contained the likes of Ian Bell, Garry Balance and Jimmy Anderson were unfit to compete at the ODI level. England were criticised for using a team of test match players who were unable to bat aggressively. Their bowlers […]

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Kevin Pietersen was a trailblazer, not a divisive egotist

Few sportsmen, let alone cricketers, can dazzle and excite nearly as much as they split opinion. Kevin Pietersen embodied this as the ultimate entertainer in a sport so often regarded as a game of individuals cobbled together under the guise of a team. At his best, Pietersen was a destructive match winner. Ostentatious yes, but […]

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Optimism low as England prepare for New Zealand series

Each Test series has its own character and history, and success or failure is viewed quite differently. If Ashes victory is perceived as the pinnacle of English cricketing achievement, defeat to New Zealand, fairly or otherwise, seems to consistently symbolise the gloomy depths to which the England team have sunk. New Zealand, to the cricketing […]