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ICC: Incomprehensible, Contemptible, Clueless

April 7, 2011 by


The International Cricket Council (ICC) is, by its own assertion, “an international organisation with a global focus and acts at all times without prejudice, fear or favour”. If you want to giggle a bit more, there is also some spiel about wanting to build bridges between “continents, countries and communities”. But in announcing the composition […]

England: Muddled and Middling

February 8, 2011 by


The one day series has been something of a come down for England fans, after the elation of the Ashes the sight of us being comprehensively beaten four times out of five (so far) has been somewhat less entertaining. So what does the World Cup hold for England fans?  It’s been oft-quoted that after the […]

Change For Change’s Sake

January 15, 2011 by


Australia is a helpful nation, whenever there is a tragedy we’re first out with the chequebooks and the same goes for cricket, when the ICC wanted to trial a pink cricket ball for day-night tests piggybacking on the popularity of one day cricket in the 1990s but that was a failure, that didn’t deter Australia. […]

The Five Test Series Dream: A Practical Look

January 6, 2011 by


Image via Wikipedia I write this hours after the third test between India and South Africa ended in an anti-climactic draw, and the series was shared 1-1. It got me and some of my friends asking a what-if question that seemingly gets asked after almost every series – what if this had been a five […]

Ricky Ponting in a controversy: What’s new?

December 27, 2010 by


England should just go ahead and retain the Ashes. It would establish that the most dominating team over a grueling 5 Test match series will win the trophy at the end of the day. It would also do a ton of good for Australian cricket, because they will cease living in denial that everything is […]

England Number One? Hardly.

December 11, 2010 by


The ICC Cricket Rankings have been a major talking point ever since Australia began their decline two years ago. India were the first to beat them since the 2005 Ashes. Then South Africa became the first side to beat Australia in Australia since the West Indies in 1992/93. Australia bounced back with a win in […]

The Opposite

December 3, 2010 by


There is an episode of Seinfeld called “The Opposite” where George Costanza and Elaine Benes go through a change in their fortunes, with respect to their careers and social lives. George, from being an unemployed bum, with no social life to speak of and staying with his parents to becoming the Assistant to the Traveling […]

Why the Ashes are important to Australia and why we must win them back

November 17, 2010 by


I assume if you’re reading this, Cricket is probably pretty important to you. Or you at least like it. Taking a larger world view, though, cricket is really a pretty small deal. Or it is to some. England, for example, has so many things to their name – history, military prowess, royalty, empire – that […]

Australia’s Decline: The Numbers

November 10, 2010 by


Much has been made of the fact that this is England’s first Ashes tour down under where they won’t have to face the likes of Warne, McGrath, and Gilchrist – or The Freaks as I’ll call them for now – and that it is therefore our best chance of beating them on home soil since […]

You play to win the game!

November 8, 2010 by


Add another one to the list of tests India has shied away from winning because a draw was a possible option. There has been a lot of talk revolving around how this Indian team is a lot more aggressive than its predecessors. While it may be true to an extent, there has been a pattern […]