Weekly Column

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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THE run out…..

 May 22, 2019
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I’ve been asked about it on and off for much of the last 20 years but, with the World Cup returning to England for the first time since 1999, there has been a glut of revisits to the most infamous run out in World Cup history. Poor old Lance Klusener and Allan Donald. They would […]

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The pain of losing the IPL final by a single run

 May 20, 2019
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The cricketing world now has its collective focus on the World Cup. But for Eric Simons and many thousands of Chennai supporters, the pain of losing the IPL final by just a single run is still lingering. I do not think I have ever been in a quieter change room after a match than the […]

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The curious case of Christopher Morris

 May 15, 2019
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How does a player move from outside the ‘standby’ group of World Cup hopefuls straight into the 15-man squad when he wasn’t even close to being named in the original 15? Especially a cricketer as talented as all rounder Chris Morris. It is a mysterious state of affairs but, by almost unanimous consent, a happy […]

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Inside the IPL with Eric Simons – “I knew we would be in the final”

 May 10, 2019
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As I write this we have just completed our preparation for the ‘Qualifier’ match against Delhi Capitals this evening. A second bite of the cherry courtesy of the top-two place on the league table. Obviously we would have preferred to be sitting in Hyderabad waiting for whoever our opponents would be in the final, but […]

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Inside the IPL with Eric Simons, a Q&A – 3rd May 2019

 May 3, 2019
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Q – Whereas all of the other teams have been focussed on qualifying for the play-offs, it has looked and felt like CSK were “inevitable qualifiers”. Is that how it felt within the camp? A – No! First of all, you need to be an actuarial scientist to understand just when you have actually qualified. […]

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Inside the IPL with Eric Simons – 2nd May 2019

 May 2, 2019
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1st May –  Chennai Super Kings 179-4, Delhi Capitals 99 all out CSK won by 80 runs So we managed to do it again. To win from a position where, watching from the dugout, you SHOULD be asking ‘how do we get out of this hole?’ We scored just three runs in first three overs […]

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Should England pay more?

 May 1, 2019
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It’s hard to know the best way to make money, but charging family and friends for a traditional dinner is bound to raise eyebrows. Bring a bottle or some chocolates, sure, but family is family. It may be a nostalgic way of looking at things but families can be very tetchy. Normal families, Varsity families…cricket […]

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