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)
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
“Ryan Harris has retired from all cricket effective immediately.” The post, sitting right at the top of my Facebook newsfeed, stung sharply. I jolted out of half-attentiveness. Cricket, at its root source, is entirely unfair, unjust, unkind.
While the KP drama of will he or won’t he be picked rolled on, many judged that while a player of his abilities should slide straight into a side that just drew a Test series against a tame Windies, and had been knocked out embarrassingly early in the World Cup. The argument against was simply, … More Steven Davies: a genuine candidate
When the inaugural T20 World Cup started, everyone had their doubts. A T20 World Cup? What impact will this have on Tests and ODIs? Would this even be something worth watching? As it turned out, the 2007 T20 World Cup has been easily the best and a lot good came out of it. We saw … More So much for the tuk-tuk
“There was a lot of talk about how the Khulna wicket was too flat where the bowlers weren’t able to take 20 wickets. We wanted to create an opportunity to take 20 wickets while at the same time let the batsmen play freely too. This is what the team management decided.” These were Mushfiqur Rahim’s … More What are Bangladesh’s Test bowling options?
Here at mindthewindows.com 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
When George Dobell wrote his profile of Warwickshire’s Rikki Clarke for ESPNCricinfo, he probably felt quite justified in penning the line “Promoted too early and written off too soon”. On the surface it seems a fair assumption. Selected for England the year after his First Class debut, Clarke was then discarded after two Tests and … More Rikki Clarke: more than a journeyman
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
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