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Dhoni does it all by himself

MS Dhoni is fascinating. He makes light of the pressure he is obviously under as captain of India. He hardly does any practice before the match and takes barely a cursory glance at the...

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Who Wants to be a Batsman

‘A brilliant insight into a batsman’s fragile existence,’ (The Independent.)   When Australia’s Shane Watson rang up Simon Hughes late one night to ask him for his advice on why it was that he...

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And God Created Cricket

Cricket defines Englishness like no other national pastime. From its earliest origins in the sixteenth century (or an early version played by shepherds called creag in the 1300s), through the formation of the MCC...

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Jargonbusting: Mastering the Art of Cricket

Simon Hughes looks at the latest in test match, one-day international and county cricket, including frame-by-frame pictorial acconts of batting and bowling techniques, past golden moments from English Cricket Board archives, interviews with today’s...

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Minnows hoping to join big fish

The greatest multi-racial gathering the cricket world has ever seen assembles today in Nairobi for the launch of the 1994 ICC Trophy. The carrot for 350 cricketers from five continents is not only the chance...

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The tour party

MIKE ATHERTON (capt) Can become a very good captain – already handles problem of the media with aplomb. Adhesive opening bat. Doesn’t conform to the Lancashire traits of expensive hairdos and flashy suits. Can...