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)

Obituary: Clive Rice

Clive Edward Butler RICE (23 July 1949 – 28 July 2015) was the face of South Africa’s re-entry to international cricket. Tragically, he was the first face of a board with whom he could never reconcile. Rice never truly accepted the actions of the ‘post-isolation’ South African board, grounded as they were in ideas of … More Obituary: Clive Rice

From the archives: three personal favourites

Here at Towers, there is a natural hierarchy. Our esteemed hairy faced baby editor Devon enjoys interviewing players and officials who are very much alive [EDITOR’S NOTE: disputed. I’m a cricket historian]. I, as the oldest and wisest (see my piece on Kevin Pietersen) am happy to delve into the past. [EDITOR’S NOTE: He’s … More From the archives: three personal favourites

Farewell, Shivnarine

December the 19th, 2013. The West Indies are 78/3, with Southee having just snared Kirk Edwards caught-behind. With Marlon Samuels the not-out batsman, Shivnarine Chanderpaul strides to the wicket. The first ball from Southee is defended; immediately the cackling starts from the crowd. 50-something part-time ‘cricket fans’ start drunkenly howling derision. That’s not batsmanship! It … More Farewell, Shivnarine

South Africa’s ODI team: time for progression

David Wiese: South Africa’s answer to Zadran While Dale Steyn has already controversially expressed a lack of interest in the upcoming ODI series against Bangladesh, South African fans are just grateful we get to see us finally play some cricket. While Australia, England and India get to play four or five Tests per series, South … More South Africa’s ODI team: time for progression