Connecting the Dots: South Africa’s ODI Balance Issues

I contemplated writing this article when Jacques Kallis retired. I contemplated writing it again before the 2015 World Cup, and I contemplated writing it after South Africa were knocked out of the tournament by the heroic, leather-faced piece of luggage that is Grant Elliott. Now, in the midst of a meaningless ODI series against England … More Connecting the Dots: South Africa’s ODI Balance Issues

The Rise and Fall of Nick Compton: The England Years (Part 2)

August 29, 2012 Andrew Strauss sits at home. England have just lost to South Africa, 2-0. Hashim Amla made 311 at The Oval. Kevin Pietersen’s text messages stole all the headlines. And for Strauss, bat in hand, the runs have dried up. 100 Tests, 50 as England captain. 15 years a professional. Over 7000 Test … More The Rise and Fall of Nick Compton: The England Years (Part 2)

From ‘women’s cricket’ to ‘cricket’

Australia haven’t tasted Ashes success in England since 2001, a series remembered for Steve Waugh’s century on one leg, Adam Gilchrist’s terrifying hitting, Mark Butcher’s 173* to win the unwinnable for England, and the forging of the Hayden-Langer opening partnership that would dominate Test cricket for the next 5 years. Throw in some bizarre English … More From ‘women’s cricket’ to ‘cricket’

The Rise and Fall of Nick Compton: Becoming an Underdog (Part 1)

November 16, 2012 Nick Compton sits in the English dressing room, deep in the bowels of Sardar Patel Stadium. Strapping on his pads, preparing his gloves. He is about to realise his dream, though undoubtedly it does not quite match up with the way he envisioned it as a child. With Alastair Cook by his … More The Rise and Fall of Nick Compton: Becoming an Underdog (Part 1)