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Joe Root helps England see the positives despite series defeat in India, Sport

Joe Root helps England see the positives despite series defeat in India

The post-match declaration that a team will, ‘try to take the positives from the loss and move on’, is so frequently repeated that it has practically become a reflex action for vanquished captains, a usually meaningless morsel of management speak thrown to a hungry pack of journalists. However sometimes the oldest clichés happen to be wholly appropriate.

By | Sport | Thursday, 24 January 2013 at 11:47 pm

England’s captain Cook is once again enjoying his time in India, Sport

England’s captain Cook is once again enjoying his time in India

It seems Alistair Cook can do no wrong in India. Largely written off as a one-day player early in his career, Cook has proved his doubters wrong since being given his chance in the 50 over game.

By | Sport | Saturday, 12 January 2013 at 1:14 pm

Stewart Francis, Galloway, Orange and T-Mobile, Kevin Pietersen, Notebook

Stewart Francis, Galloway, Orange and T-Mobile, Kevin Pietersen

What’s trending and why?

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 21 August 2012 at 11:12 am

Cricket World Cup: Windies or bust…, Sport

Cricket World Cup: Windies or bust…

It is simply not possible for England to produce a convincing ODI performance at present. Defeated at the hands of Bangladesh yesterday, frustration will be growing amongst players, coaching staff and fans as a lack of conviction once again proved their downfall.
Even with a crystal ball you could not predict which England team would elect to [...]

By | Sport | Saturday, 12 March 2011 at 7:43 pm

Cricket World Cup: If Carlsberg did World Cup campaigns…, Sport

Cricket World Cup: If Carlsberg did World Cup campaigns…

The ICC owe much to Andy Flower and his side. Without England’s uncanny ability to produce nerve-jangling endings, this World Cup would simply not have been all it was cracked up to be.

By | Sport | Monday, 7 March 2011 at 12:17 pm

Cricket World Cup: Who said 50-over cricket was dead?

‘Outstanding’ would simply would not cut it in the superlative queue after a game like that. If there was an advert ever needed for the 50-over game, that was it in its most glorious form.

By | Sport | Monday, 28 February 2011 at 1:31 pm

Cricket World Cup: Have England turned a corner?, Sport

Cricket World Cup: Have England turned a corner?

It seems like only yesterday that England were once again demolished by a ruthless and vengeful Australia by six wins to one, the same scoreline that Andrew Flintoff’s side suffered four years ago. A complete reshuffle of the line-up, players returning from injury and trials for fringe players seems to have given the side a healthier, more invigorated look.

By | Sport | Saturday, 19 February 2011 at 12:07 pm

The glitz and glamour of the IPL has returned, Sport

The glitz and glamour of the IPL has returned

So I believe there is some talk of a World Cup approaching. While the 14 nations taking part will be undergoing their hefty training schedules, the Indian Premier League is subtly taking its position to follow up the biggest global cricket event.

By | Sport | Monday, 14 February 2011 at 12:19 pm

Must watch: Is Kevin Pietersen a Jedi?, Sport

Must watch: Is Kevin Pietersen a Jedi?

In an early scene of Star Wars: A New Hope, Luke Skywalker wears a helmet with the visor down, effectively blinding himself, before defending himself against shots using his lightsaber. He achieves this by ‘feeling the force’ so the story goes.

By | Sport | Wednesday, 24 November 2010 at 4:00 pm

Cricket corruption? Oh, believe me, you don’t want to hear what I think . . ., Sport

Cricket corruption? Oh, believe me, you don’t want to hear what I think . . .

Strange question, this, sort of, but how long do you need to have been following a sport, or a particular team, before you’re allowed an opinion on it?
A week? A month? A season? A lifetime?
Get it wrong, butt in before your views are considered valid, before you’ve paid your dues or clocked up an acceptable [...]

By | Sport | Tuesday, 31 August 2010 at 12:43 pm

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