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 10 August 2008
Sunday 10 August 2008
Monday 04 August 2008
There was something different about Michael Vaughan's demeanour when he faced the media after England's devastating five-wicket loss to South Africa on Saturday evening. The series defeat signified beyond doubt that Vaughan's England side were a pale imitation of the team that triumphed over Australia in 2005, and were light years away from becoming the outfit he wanted them to be.
Thursday 31 July 2008
Some facts about Michael Vaughan, which the selectors, should they ever bother to begin selecting again, may or may not consider pertinent. After his controversial first-ball dismissal yesterday, Vaughan's Test batting average as captain of England is 36.2. This is all right in its way, but is merely two-tenths of a run ahead of Nasser Hussain and four runs behind Michael Atherton, his most recent full-time predecessors.
Monday 14 July 2008
Thursday 10 July 2008
Sunday 29 June 2008
Sunday 18 May 2008
Sunday 11 May 2008
Sunday 09 March 2008
Sunday 23 December 2007
The Test series in Sri Lanka has been like a throwback to the old days. Batsmen grinding out runs, slow over-rates, England playing badly. You wake up with a sense of dread at what has happened overnight, and your Christmas stocking is filled with dropped catches and ridiculous run-outs. That's if Santa hasn't got tangled up in the satellite dish on your chimney.
Monday 29 May 2006
Friday 26 May 2006
BT has entered the market to broadcast Premiership football for the first time, under a deal to broadcast "near live" games that it shared yesterday with the satellite group BSkyB.
Thursday 25 May 2006
In recent seasons, runners trained by Sir Mark Prescott have not tended to appear until long after the first swifts. While other trainers allowed their unexposed horses to race up the ratings with reckless haste, Prescott would bide his time at bull rings in the South of France before finally beginning to bait the handicapper with feints and flourishes of his own. This spring, however, it became imperative to follow a different schedule, thanks to the presence in his yard of Confidential Lady.
Wednesday 17 August 2005
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