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  1. Clarke and Cook's Contrasting Styles

    Crunching Cricket Analysis with Cabinet
    Both Australia and England landed in India with supposed mountains to climb, but both their captains showed you can have success on the toughest tour there is by playing your own game


    Michael Clarke and Alastair Cook. Both captain their country, both are their sides best batsman*, both were the golden boys of cricket when young and were destined to be greats, and both of their surnames begin with C. That's about where Michael Clarke and Alastair Cook's similarities stop. One is a flamboyant middle order batsman and an aggressive and innovative captain. The other is a steady opener, who's renowned more for his ability to send people to sleep than for his wonderful stroke play, and a cautious captain, who is still feeling his way into the role left open for him by his predecessor Andrew Strauss. One is a pleasure to watch, a coaches dream with his gorgeous stroke play, while the other is at times hideous ...
    Posted by , 02-22-2013 at 09:43 PM
  2. It’s Okay to be Second Best

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    Shane Warne thinks he knows how to fix Australian cricket. But does it need fixing?


    I’m usually a fan of Australian sporting mentality. They’re desperate to win and love a good intense battle. It occasionally over boils into unpleasantness on the field, but it’s all part of the desire to win. As an avid follower of sport, and someone who is passionate about it, I enjoy it. But at times it gets frustrating.

    As an Englishmen, I’m used to, and at times accept, mediocrity. I support sporting teams that have always been decent, but never the best. I’m satisfied for the most part with being one of the best, but not the best; occasionally upsetting the so called bigger teams, but never dominating and consistently beating everyone. Australians, however, generally aren’t like that.

    Therefore, when they’re team are developing nicely, and pushing the so called best side in the world ...
    Posted by , 02-01-2013 at 03:05 PM
  3. Paul Harris - The Determined Fighter

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    Paul Harris may not have been the most talented and exciting cricketer to represent South Africa in the last 10 years, but he was one of the most valuable.


    Paul Harris became the first person to announce their retirement from Test cricket in 2013, as he decided the 2012/13 season would be his last in First Class cricket. After the retirements of many cricketing legends in 2012, few cared. I’m part of two cricket forums on the web, that had 100’s of posts on the retirements of Ponting and Hussey. For Harris it was different. No one on one of the forums I'm on even made a mention of it, and on the other, there was just one mention of the news in the South African domestic thread, with no replies to the post that broke the news.

    But then, has there ever been a more under appreciated cricketer than Paul Harris?

    Look at him out of context, and you’d see nothing but averageness. ...
    Posted by , 01-12-2013 at 01:57 AM
  4. Daddy Hundreds, Spin Duos and Farewells

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    The first half was a continuation of the bowling dominance we saw in 2011, as places which were tagged as high run scoring, saw several low scores. While the second half of the year was the revenge of the batsmen, as two series where people expected bowler domination, involving South Africa in England and Australia, saw record scores and daddy hundreds.


    I tend to look back at this year in two halves. The first half was a continuation of the bowling dominance we saw in 2011, as places which were tagged as high run scoring, saw several low scores. England visited the UAE and Sri Lanka and had just one score of 400 from either side in all 5 tests. While the second half of the year was the revenge of the batsmen, as two series where people expected bowler domination, involving South Africa in England and Australia, saw record scores and daddy hundreds.

    If 2011 was the year of the fast bowler, 2012 was surely the year of the spin bowler, and in particular ...
    Posted by , 01-01-2013 at 01:25 AM
  5. ODI Cricket - Fading Into Oblivion?

    And the Champions Trophy in wake of it

    ODI cricket - the format that made the sport marketable in an age where the cricket-watching public as well as the cricket players were showing signs of a fatigue in interest due to their own respective reasons.


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    ricket is, quite possibly, the only sport in the world that has three formats in which the international game is played. Test cricket, often called the pinnacle of the sport and rightly so too, is for the game's connoisseurs- people who find a lot of worth even in five days of attritional cricket leading to a draw. ODI cricket- the format that made the sport marketable in an age where the cricket-watching public as well as the cricket players were showing signs of a fatigue in interest due to their own respective reasons. ODI cricket gave cricket it's quadrennial World Cups and the World Cup is still ...
    Posted by , 12-31-2012 at 06:16 PM
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