What a fine mess English cricket finds itself in. Yet for supporters of a certain age, the last two months in Australia have just been a return to normal service.
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Sunday 22 July 2012
England 385 South Africa 403-2 (SA lead by 18 runs with 8 wkts left): England's celebrated bowling attack left in tatters as South African pair turn the First Test on its head
Tuesday 17 July 2012
Captains come and captains go. But Graeme Smith of South Africa seems to plough forever onward and upward. By the end of the series against England which begins at The Oval on Thursday, he will be the most enduring captain in Test history.
Wednesday 30 May 2012
He could plausibly make Pakistan the best Test side in the world within two years
Friday 30 March 2012
He was disappointed and he was defiant. If he was going anywhere he was not saying so. It was neither the time nor the place. There was a series still on the line and, if it cannot be won by England now, it can be drawn.
Sunday 25 March 2012
History suggests tourists need five-man attack to counter pitch and heat
Wednesday 07 March 2012
No entry to the International Red Cross. Not yet. Maybe in a few days, when the area has been secured. Men and boys separated from the women and children. Streams of refugees. Women, children, the old, few males. Stories of men being loaded on to trucks and taken away. Destination unknown. Devastation. No journalists, no freedom of movement for the UN. The place was called Srebrenica.
Wednesday 10 August 2011
Monday 25 July 2011
View From The Sofa: Botham: The Legend of '81, BBC 2
Monday 20 June 2011
Monday 06 June 2011
Sunday 05 June 2011
In an admirable attempt to clean up the game, the MCC and the England and Wales Cricket Board last week began to put their feet down.
Sunday 06 March 2011
As if smashing England all round the park in Bangalore on Wednesday was not bad enough, Ireland's hero Kevin O'Brien then took his helmet off and revealed his purple quiff to celebrate his historic hundred off 50 balls. Perhaps Shane Warne's Advanced Hair Studio has taken on an acidhead stylist. Purple hair, green beards, orange sideburns – oh no, hang on. That's their natural colour.
Sunday 02 January 2011
Who needs 'Auld Lang Syne' any more? We're all doing the "Sprinkler" now, and the group hug with everyone jigging up and down. Four years ago Steve Harmison was spraying it around, now it's just champagne and Mitchell Johnson that are going all over the place. And for a change, we don't have to try and forget all about the auldest acquaintance in sport.
Sunday 26 December 2010
Friday 10 December 2010
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
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Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
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Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
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