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Secrets of Swing

Swing bowling. A phenomenon as baffling to explain as it is to negotiate. The young Yorkshire seamer Ben Coad has already seized 22 wickets with it in three early season matches for his county....

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A six point plan to fix English cricket

  Twenty years ago last month the ECB was formed.  With some fanfare, the then chairman, Lord MacLaurin, announced the launch of ‘Raising the Standard’ – a master plan aimed at revitalising the game...

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Southern comforts in Puglia

Pasta, pizza and perfect views are all  on the menu on a gourmet tour of Italy’s  Puglia region 214 The medieval white fortified hill town walls of Ostuni, The White Town, Puglia.   We...

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WAS BEN TOO STOKED UP?

At the climax of an adrenaline-fuelled event like Sunday’s World T20 final, it may be hard to envisage the role psychology might play. Surely it is just a matter of the bowler putting the...

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CAPE TOWN: A SPARKLING CITY

       THE INDEPENDENT 14 MARCH 2016 To those escaping the grey days of a wintry Britain, the bright light of Cape Town is quite a contrast; a peninsula surrounded by water on three...

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The Smooth Operator

Between Tests in 1986, New Zealand played against Middlesex allowing us a close-up view of Martin Crowe. He was a smooth operator who glided about the crease, his bat appearing to be an extension...