This is the second part of Mind the Windows’ chat with Eddo Brandes. Read part one here. Today, it reads like a who’s who of Zimbabwean greats: Zimbabwe’s skippers at the 1987, ‘92, ‘96 and ‘99 World Cups all appear, the illustrious Grant Flower made his presence felt with a first-innings 82, and the previously … More ‘He led from the front’ – the Eddo Brandes story (Part 2)
Journalists are prone to hyperbole: the best ever, the greatest of all time, and the New Somebody are bandied about often. As for ‘what could have been’ – well, that’s where embellishment runs free. So for a writer to suggest what Eddo Brandes ‘could’ve been’ doesn’t mean much.
Read part one of the interview with Cumming here. It might’ve taken an injury to Michael Papps, but Craig Cumming had done well after getting a shot in five-day cricket: 74 on debut, promise against Sri Lanka. After that summer, however, having re-emerged as a one-day option and done alright in Test cricket, Cumming suddenly found … More Craig Cumming: ‘It’s the game that I love’ (part 2)
It’s early 2008, and both New Zealand openers are just barely holding onto their positions. At one end stands Matthew Bell; playing his first Test in six years, and proving something of a lightning rod for criticism. Bell, one can’t help but feel, could have been one of New Zealand’s best with just a hint … More Craig Cumming: ‘It’s the game that I love’ (part 1)
Michael Papps, two Crowes and a Hick. It sounds like the beginning of a very surreal ‘walk into a bar’ joke – in fact, it’s an eclectic quartet of batsmen with one mutual achievement. They’re the only four men to score 1000 runs in a Plunket Shield season. Or at least, they were the only … More Bharat Popli: ND’s new prodigy
Dan McGrath sits down with former New Zealand wicketkeeper turned Wellington Community Cricket Manager Chris Nevin.
Scott Styris takes guard for the new over, while Shaun Tait retires from the bowling crease to be replaced by a young Mitchell Johnson. Filling in for the rested Glenn McGrath, Johnson is slightly less quick, somewhat less hostile, and significantly less coordinated than his 2013-14 incarnation. But today, the first ball is just about … More Peter Fulton: ‘I loved every minute’
“We got hammered in the first Test, absolutely hammered. We were nowhere near good enough. Graham Gooch got 200, I’d never seen anyone get 200 before. … I remember at the end of that Test thinking, ‘how we are ever going to get this guy out?’ ” It was 1994, and Dion Nash was yet … More Dion Nash, ‘I decided I was going to prove them wrong’ (part 1)
Read part 1 here *** “I enjoyed the environment, I really did. In the late ‘90s, there’d been a real change in the culture of the Blackcaps. They no longer thought they were shit-hot, and were useless, they actually started realising they had a lot of work to do. “They’d really brought guys like Cairns … More Mark Richardson: ‘determination is the biggest thing’ (part 2)
When, in late 2004, Mark Richardson announced that he was hanging up his boots, it invoked an immediate expression: surprise. He was 33 years of age, and only a few months earlier was the Hero of Lord’s. Surely, the masses believed, he was retiring too early? Chairman of Selectors, Richard Hadlee, intimated as much – … More Mark Richardson: ‘determination is the biggest thing’ (part 1)