All Time XIs are possibly the most arbitrary of cricket’s many pointless pursuits. The players can always be debated; the team selected will never take the field, and the debate over which side is better will never be resolved. Regardless, it’s great fun.
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
Name a batsman who looks good, but just never makes those tough runs. You’ve named half a dozen already. Mark Waugh springs to mind for Australians, Ian Bell’s the most recent exemplar for Britons, while Vinod Kambli emerges from the subcontinent. A lot of times of late, the name floated has been Ross Taylor. This … More Ross Taylor: Not just touch
It may be a phrase he says he regrets now but those were the words of the great Dennis Lillee after discovering a young, raw 16 year old Mitchell Johnson in Far-North Queensland. After watching only three balls, Lillee phoned Rod Marsh and stated: “I’ve found one.“ The rest is history with the tearaway left-hander … More “A once in a Generation bowler”
If the ongoing Test series between Australia and New Zealand has taught us one thing, it’s this: Australian pitches are currently flatter than at any other point in living memory. But this is not another think-piece decrying the loss of sporting wickets. It is not written to empathise with the plight of the fast bowler, … More Off Spin in Australia: A Thankless Task
After the announcement of Australia’s home squad for the first two out of three tests against New Zealand, there were plenty of names discussed as unfortunate or unlucky to miss out. Many expected Cameron Bancroft to be named, whilst Michael Klinger’s recent double century certainly put him in the mix. As a result of the … More The Second XI
Just under three weeks after the one-day series against Australia finishes, England will arrive in the UAE ahead of a three Test match series against Pakistan, followed by four ODIs and three T20s. England were whitewashed 3-0 in 2012 on the last tour of the UAE, even with a settled Test side with an established … More Who’s the third Pommy spinner?