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?
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