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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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No Ashes victory, but plenty of reasons for England to smile

For English cricket fans, it is hard to remember a more memorable summer than 2019. A scintillating World Cup victory on home soil, moments of outstanding individual brilliance from the likes of Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer and a very competitive Ashes series will all go down in the history books. The failure to regain […]

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Ben Stokes’s Ashes heroics will not be forgotten

Rorke’s Drift. Dunkirk. Headingley 2019. The sportswriters stopped short of comparing the fourth day of this Ashes Third Test to Thermopylae, but the military analogies and journalistic grandiosities were out in full force. Ben Stokes, our carrot-topped Leonidas, hogged the back pages, and in many instances the front pages, after an astonishing performance with the […]

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Cook’s lasting excellence makes him a legend of the game

Think back to 1 March 2006. Tony Blair was still Prime Minister, Madonna was top of the UK singles charts and Jose Mourinho was still being called ‘The Special One’ as he led Chelsea to a second successive Premier League title. Far away, in the depths of Nagpur, India, Alastair Cook walked to the crease […]

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England’s glaring deficiencies laid bare in Ashes rout

England’s chastening 4-0 Ashes defeat in Australia gleaned precious few positives and followed an all too familiar script of meek defeats away from home. However symptomatic this may be of England’s problems, no side in world cricket have truly shown themselves capable of winning consistently in recent years when deprived of home comforts. Devoid of […]

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Have yourself a sporty little Christmas

Christmas is upon us. The time of giving, of singing Christmas songs, of family and loved ones. The time of the year’s best and most compact sports schedule. That’s right, for all those sports fans out there who need a bit of respite from the Christmas love-in that accompanies the end of December, there is […]

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The Ashes an opportunity for English redemption

Each time an Ashes series beckons, there always seems to be someone big in the world of Australian cricket who boasts of an impending five-nil whitewash. This time it has fallen on Jim Maxwell, the renowned commentator. Much to England’s shame, the last two out of three times they have toured Australia, this has been […]