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Cricket has provided my bread and butter for over 30 years and I’ll always be grateful for that, not just the income but the friends and memories, too. The internet wasn’t even a thing until four years after I filed my first report but I’ve caught up. So this is where you can read my Weekly Columns and Tour Diaries – and also browse through the archives from the last 20 years.

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Listless and lethargic – no answers forthcoming

 June 25, 2019
 neil manthorp
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The ICC’s World Cup media department has been relentless in pursuit of comment from players before and after every game with even David Warner forced to break his self-imposed media silence after winning a couple of man-of-the match awards. There has been no room for sympathy or let-off for the losers. The interviews are not […]

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“A little bit surprising…”

 June 21, 2019
 neil manthorp
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It may be nothing more than a product of age and experience but there seems to be far less point in conducting a post-mortem on this World Cup performance than on any of the six which preceded it from 1996 to 2015. Besides, there are still three games to go so performing a post-mortem on […]

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Rained off in Southampton

 June 11, 2019
 neil manthorp
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It was during a phone call during the IPL that AB de Villiers expressed “how he was feeling” to his old mate Faf du Plessis. “I told him I thought it was too late but that I would check with Ottis Gibson and the selectors the following morning,” du Plessis confirmed after the washed out […]

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Completely outclassed – blessing in disguise?

 June 6, 2019
 neil manthorp
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It was perfectly possible to convince yourself after the opening game against England that South Africa were close to competing, that but for a few errors here and there, they might have chased down 312. It was also possible to build a viable argument that the result against Bangladesh might have gone either way on […]

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How low can the Proteas sink?

 June 3, 2019
 neil manthorp
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South African cricket teams are not unfamiliar with the level and intensity of anger currently being directed at this one, but in previous World Cups it has only peaked when the team has crashed out of the tournament. Not after two games. At previous World Cups the public backlash has been disproportionate to the effort […]

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