Category Archives: Player Focus’

In earnest praise of…

Yadda yadda yadda. I don’t really do content over here any more; other people just seem to put things better than I do, or more frustratingly simply get there first. I was going to do a squad review, but in … Continue reading

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The Ballad of the Balance of Weight Of Alastair Cook

There was a young farmboy from Essex Who suffered from unbalanced kinetics He came forward to drive when the cherry arrived A shot not great for aesthetics So strong when playing from his hips Those wrists made for mid-wicket whips Yet made … Continue reading

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The Answer To England’s Batting Line Up Issues

Gary Ballance Ignore the fact he was pretty naff in his solitary Test in Australia. Ignore his mediocre start to ODI cricket. Ignore his birth place. Ignore the idea that there is a perfectly good southern African batsman with over … Continue reading

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“Blood, Sweat and Treason” – Miscellaneous Thoughts On Andy Flower

For Christmas I was bought Henry Olonga’s biography “Blood, Sweat and Treason”. Well, I asked for it. It was an interesting biography. Quite a few cricketing biographies you read go “and then I got picked for Surrey u11s, and then … Continue reading

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Spinners

Certain things in cricket mesmerise me; an Ian Bell cover drive, Morne Morkel bowling around the wicket to Michael Clarke, Graham Thorpe nudging his way to a ton, the mythical entity that is Shahid Afridi, the certainty of a Ricky … Continue reading

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Domino Effect for Duminy Domination?

It is no longer unexpected to see a brilliant innings from AB de Villiers, and it almost was an inevitability that he notched up his 18th Test ton to drag South Africa past both respectability and then formidability in the … Continue reading

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Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Sachin Tendulkar

1. He hit 100 international hundreds. He’s the only man to have done so. Oh wait, you knew that? Shit. I’m gonna have to up my game. 2. He started playing Tests so early that we don’t even know his career … Continue reading

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Sachin R Tendulkar

Twenty-four years ago, Sachin Tendulkar made his Test debut. Joe Root was born two years later, and if he matches Tendulkar’s longevity then he will still be playing in 2036.  So let me start this article off then by stating … Continue reading

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Kevin Pieter-ton

Australia vs England is always a special occasion, and the first match of any Test series as a resumption of history is always a little bit special. What marks out next month’s contest at the Gabba for extra-special specialness is … Continue reading

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Joe Oughtn’t Be The Root Of All Upheaval

I thought that I might re-cap on a previous article I wrote on Joe Root. In fact I was kind of provoked into thinking that I might do so. Frustratingly I cannot actually find it on my own blog to … Continue reading

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