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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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Latest Posts

The innings which first comes to mind

 August 13, 2019
 neil manthorp
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It has to be one, which you’ve actually seen, and almost certainly live. A batting exhibition, which made you feel different about the player, the game in general and about the bounds of what was possible. To rethink everything you had thought before. The context and consequences of the innings are also significant. Graeme Smith […]

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Steyn’s painful sacrifice of Test cricket

 August 6, 2019
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Last week Dale Steyn had no doubts about the future. He believed he was strong enough and determined enough to continue playing all three formats of the game and to remain available for national selection. The idea of retiring from one form of the game was unpleasant enough to be upsetting. He was quite clear. […]

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New Cricket World continues to take shape.

 August 1, 2019
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The launch of the Test Championship took place this week with the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston kicking off a two-year competition which, it is hoped, will add much needed vitality to the game’s greatest format and provide context to the lower profile bilateral series as well as encourage players to stay longer in international […]

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The Show goes on…with a struggle.

 July 24, 2019
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A lot of people were left with a hangover after the World Cup final and it is taking a long time to get over it. Not the physical sort induced by champagne celebrations or commiserations, but an emotional hangover induced by the unprecedented unfairness of it all. Eoin Morgan was the first of the players […]

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What will the ‘Greatest Final’ be remembered for?

 July 16, 2019
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For hours at a time when New Zealand were carefully picking their way through the invisible nettles en route to 241-8, and then again when England were trying desperately to keep hold of a half-set jelly, the tension amongst the crowd was the most palpable I have ever experienced – certainly for such a prolonged […]

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