June 2015

Australia will face an abrasive England in the Ashes

The traditional war of words is well and truly underway ahead of next month’s Ashes series. Graeme Swann thinks Steve Smith’s technique will expose him; in turn Smith says England will not come close to Australia; and former Aussie quick, and current Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie says Australia’s team is old and tired. As always, […]

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Chris Rogers must play in the opening Test

Darren Lehmann has said Chris Rogers is not guaranteed a spot in the first Ashes Test at Cardiff on 8 July. Commenting in Jamaica earlier in the week before the team departed for its Ashes campaign, Lehmann said, “There’s no guarantee with anything at the moment”. That may well be the case but the absence […]

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Ryan Crowley, what the hell were you thinking?

Let’s get one thing straight right off the top – Ryan Crowley is a goose. Yes, he has played 188 AFL games for Fremantle; four International Rules games; won a club best fairest; and is one of the pre-eminent taggers in the game. He is 31 years of age and been in the AFL system […]

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Rogers’ omission is an eye to the future, but not as you’d expect

For Chris Rogers, the current tour of the Caribbean has been a waste of time. He was struck on the helmet by a local net bowler two days before the opening Test in Dominica and was ruled out of the match. Yesterday he was ruled out of the second and final Test in Jamaica. The […]

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Blatter soon to be gone, but hopefully never forgotten

In March 1997, a year before being elected president of FIFA, an odd thing happened to Sepp Blatter. At that time he was FIFA’s secretary-general, the second most powerful man in the most powerful sport in the world, when an unusual piece of correspondence came across his desk. It was a bribe to the tune […]

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Will the big nations boycott Russia 2018?

Football’s World Cup is the biggest show on earth. Over 3.4 million people attended last year’s staging in Brazil with a total of 11 million ticket applications received. Billions of people across 214 nations watched the tournament on television. Since 1930 the World Cup is where legends have been made or consolidated … names like […]

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Will captain Cook be England’s Achilles heel?

In its pomp the West Indies made targeting the opposition captain an art form. More than any other batsman in the opposing line-up it was the skipper who felt the physical might of the Windies pace attack. Other teams have certainly followed suit with the psychology of the exercise well founded. Getting the opposition captain […]

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