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Is this the most bowler dominated e...

There is an increasing obsession to convince ourselves that everything we are seeing is the best it ...

Swinging a cricket ball without saliva

You know the drill: bowler bowls, batsman leaves it, keeper catches it. Keeper instinctively flings ball to first slip, first...

The curious events around the global sporting calendar thrown up by COVID-19 have offered us all a break. It comes at you thi... England’s new look squad poses same old questions

Australia vs South Africa –Test match classics

Since South Africa’s readmission to international cricket they have featured in some amazing nail biting matches against Australia. Last week’s fixture at Newlands was only the latest in a long line ...

No way back for Pakistan three?

After play finished on the Saturday of the Lord’s Test between England and Pakistan in August 2010, I waited outside the pavilion to see if I could catch sight of the players as they left for the day...

Should there be any sympathy for Amir, Asif & Butt?

As I was looking at the image of Mohammad Asif’s no ball at Lord’s last August, I thought to myself that that one moment, a left foot landing a couple of inches over a painted, white line, will likel...

Addington 1743 punished over Mohammad Amir

A few weeks ago, as you may recall, Mohammad Amir breached his five year ICC ban for spot fixing against England at Lord’s in 2010 by the deliberate bowling of no balls ‘to order’, ...

England; world’s number one in all but ranking

England’s demolition job on India at Lord’s this week has proven one thing: they are the best side in world cricket right now. The official position as world number one still belongs to India courtes...

Dernbach and Malinga – one and the same?

Now that’s quite a claim, isn’t it? Jade Dernbach, two matches into his international career, being compared to Lasith Malinga, the ultimate limited overs bowler of his era. As far as England are con...

Cheating in cricket

Unfortunately, in all sports and at all levels, cheating is a frequent component. Like many of the positive aspects of sport, it comes in many guises. Like many of the positive aspects of sport, it c...