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How Australia can reclaim the Ashes

They can’t.

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England’s treatment of Nick Compton a flashback to the lost generation of the 1990s (via The Sideline Agenda)

I’m a son of the 1990s. When jumpers were to be exceptionally baggy; hair to be centre parted and preferably covered in styling gel; pop music to veer from the horribly commercial (Britney Spears), to the gloriously independent (Pavement). Another … Continue reading

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Misbah and Redemption

Misbah-ul-Haq is the easiest player in world cricket to admire. Elevated to the Pakistan captaincy amid the upheaval and toil that erupted after the spot-fixing debacle of 2010, Misbah has led his side with an honesty and humility that is … Continue reading

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I Started Something I Couldn’t Finish

‘Typical me, typical me, typical me I started something… and now I’m not too sure’ Let’s pretend that the last two series’ combine to make a five-Test mega series. If we do this, then it’s safe to state that for … Continue reading

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A Cricketing Masochist

I am very proud to be a British citizen  (my roots are clogged up with a bunch of Scots and Irish, so I could never only exclusively say ‘English’, I mean, look at my surname) and an important aspect of … Continue reading

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Samuel Beckett: Cricket’s Nobel Laureate

There is only one Nobel Prize winner, who has a place in the pages of Wisden; who has a profile on ESPNCricinfo; who has a first-class record. It had to be Samuel Beckett. Famed existentialist, nihilist, absurdist (Beckett has, with … Continue reading

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West Indies’ Spin Battery

My Ukrainian friend came round my flat to watch the football on Wednesday. His interest in cricket is passing at best (but he is a sucker for football). At half-time I flicked over to check the West Indies-Zimbabwe score. Shane … Continue reading

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Something is Happening Here and You Don’t Know What it is

Shane Watson, Mitchell Johnson, Usman Khawaja and James Pattinson have all been sent back to Australia from the tour of India. After the humbling defeat in the second Test, the coach Mickey Arthur asked each player to think of three … Continue reading

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The Art of Muttiah Muralitharan

Last week I wrote a short piece in celebration of Harbhajan Singh’s one hundredth Test Match appearance. I wrote about his bowling; his action and how exactly he has deceived and dismissed over 400 batsmen throughout his fifthteen year Test … Continue reading

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Bhaji, or Australia’s Number One Pest

Harbhajan Singh will walk out tomorrow in Chennai with the weight of fifthteen years of Test cricket behind him and will be wearing his one hundredth (floppy) cap. Of course the whole tradition of a cap awarded for each appearance … Continue reading

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