Diary of a cricket obsessive
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Monday 23 December 2013
1. David Beckham retired from professional football in May, but for which team did he make his last appearance?
Saturday 21 December 2013
England bowler has fallen off the radar since tinkering with his run-up but says he is almost back to his best
Ashes 2013/14: Shane Watson’s flat-footed dismissal typical of a batsman for whom there is a yawning gulf between his performance and his potential
Friday 13 December 2013
The Aussie Angle: No one promises more nor falls short so often. He is Australia’s biggest tease
Reg Simpson: Batsman for England and Nottinghamshire whose swashbuckling style helped brighten the postwar years
Tuesday 03 December 2013
In the postwar years of austerity there were few more attractive sights in English cricket than the Nottinghamshire batsman Reg Simpson. With a quick eye and the natural gift of timing he developed a back-foot technique that seemed to give him more time than anyone else against the fast bowlers. If they bowled bouncers he swayed effortlessly out of the way. If they pitched it up he drove them elegantly. Always he played with a positive spirit, prepared to embrace risk in pursuit of victory.
Friday 29 November 2013
England toiled in the heat against the Cricket Chairman’s XI
Ashes 2013-14: A sledge too far - is it time to declare an end to such hostilities following the departure of Jonathan Trott?
Tuesday 26 November 2013
A guy threatening another guy with physical violence – I think it’s just not cricket, not the cricket I grew up loving
Thursday 21 November 2013
'Operation Broad', designed to unsettle the England paceman, backfired spectacularly on the first day
Thursday 07 November 2013
Australian batting coach is a warning to England’s new boys
The Ashes: Stuart Broad rubbishes Darren Lehmann claims - and says England could have won series 5-0
Thursday 19 September 2013
The Australia coach suggested the tourists could have won a couple of Tests
Monday 16 September 2013
Series still to play for after another thrilling innings from England’s fastest run-maker
Wednesday 11 September 2013
There is plenty to remember Matthew Hoggard for. The hat-trick at Bridgetown in 2004 springs quickly to mind. The magnificent spell of swing bowling the following year in Johannesburg, which came from nowhere and won a Test match, would be on anybody's list of decisive interventions.
Saturday 07 September 2013
After the first match of England’s one-day international series against Australia at Headingley was declared a washout yesterday afternoon, it was left to the County Championship to fill centre stage. A deluge overnight and throughout the morning meant that the likelihood of any play was quickly dashed, with the sides due to reconvene at Old Trafford tomorrow.
Monday 02 September 2013
As Morgan’s ODI side head to Ireland, ECB confirms contest which could decide No 1 status
Saturday 31 August 2013
England comfortably square series as Twenty20 specialist hits 94 and Dernbach shines with ball
Thursday 29 August 2013
The bowler is out for two months with a hamstring problem
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile
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