January 2012

Another Day, Another Humiliation

Australian wicket-keeper Brad Haddin drew the ire of the Indian team leading into the Perth Test when he said the tourists, “break quicker than any team in the world” when things go against them out in the middle. India may have responded verbally to the barb but when it mattered it was a case of […]

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Time to Make a Stand

The last time India turned out in whites at the WACA Ground it was in the aftermath of the ugly “Monkeygate” affair at the SCG. The Sydney Test of 2008 was one of the most acrimonious played on Australian soil with both camps trying to claim the morale high ground after some bitter onfield tête-à-têtes. […]

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Turning the Tide

Finally, Michael Clarke has won over the Australian public who now see him as the right man for the job, a job often referred to by cricket fans as the second most important job in Australia – captain of the nation’s Test team. Whilst the worm may have been turning in his favour ahead of […]

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A Tale of Two Cities

The weather was about the only similarity between the opening day’s play in the SCG and Newlands Tests. The way the two matches unfolded again highlighted the wonderful vagaries that enchant those who love the game’s most traditional format. It was a day that produced a dichotomy in performance – in Sydney the ball was […]

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The Mental Game

Former England skipper and all-rounder, Andy Flintoff is the latest player to come out and speak about his battle with depression. In an interview with the Daily Mail, he has spoken of the personal battles he faced while leading England to a 5-nil loss in the 2006-07 Ashes series. Flintoff’s plight, where he admits to […]

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Back to the Future

Lyricist Irving Mills once penned, “It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing”. I doubt the American jazz genius had even heard of cricket when he put pen to paper in 1931 to create one of the genre’s standards. But in some ways those words have become somewhat of a mantra for […]

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