During the recent Ashes series I changed my newspaper habits specifically to read Gideon Haigh’s dispatches from the front. As Haigh is Australian, those unfamiliar with his work might have expected at least a hint of crowing to creep into his copy as England imploded, but he was as impartial as ever, while also being characteristically knowledgeable, perceptive and witty. (If you can bear to relive the horror, Ashes to Ashes, his chronicle of the series, will be published on 27 February).
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Sunday 09 June 2013
Bowler of the day Everywhere in the County Championship, there seems to be an Australian fast bowler taking wickets, reinforcing the view that the ones picked for the Ashes had better be good. Yesterday it was the turn of Michael Hogan, the 31-year-old from Newcastle, New South Wales finishing with seven for 92 for Glamorgan against Gloucestershire at Bristol, which gave him 34 for the season, just three fewer than his compatriot, Steve Magoffin, who is the leading wicket-taker in the country. Hogan, who did not enter first-class cricket until he was 28 and is playing for Glamorgan on a British passport, having given up his ambition of playing for Australia when it became clear the selectors wanted youth. Coach Justin Langer made strenuous efforts to keep him in Perth, where he was contracted until last winter, to no avail.
Sunday 02 June 2013
West Indies 256-9 Australia 259-6 (Australia win by 4 wickets): All-rounder bounces back from 'career low' in India to show his quality ahead of The Ashes
Thursday 30 May 2013
Cole surprise at Wembley ovation as England draw
Saturday 13 April 2013
At a stage of his career when most players are seeking to lighten their workload – and boost their bank balance via a brisk crash, bang, wallop in the Indian Premier League – Graeme Smith has gone the other way.
Wednesday 10 April 2013
England batsman follows grandfather in earning accolade
Thursday 04 April 2013
The Ashes in England is looming
Wednesday 03 April 2013
A raft of players have been given new deals
Tuesday 26 February 2013
Several of Tom Maynard's team-mates have denied the existence of a playboy culture
Wednesday 13 February 2013
England have dominated in recent years
Thursday 27 December 2012
Michael Clarke's inspired century at the Melbourne Cricket Ground today ticked off another milestone for Australia's high-flying captain but was also a stunning riposte to critics who had suggested he should never have been selected.
Thursday 27 December 2012
Sri Lanka found wickets hard to come by on day two of their second Test against Australia, with the hosts in complete control at the MCG.
Friday 14 December 2012
Phil Hughes justified his recall by Australia after a year in the wilderness with 86 as the hosts closed on 299 for four on the first day of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Hobart.
Thursday 06 December 2012
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Thursday 29 November 2012
The former England seamer recalls a tough and talented Ashes opponent
Thursday 22 November 2012
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