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Joe Root: Mentally Strong, But Technically Flawed

July 22, 2015

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By SB Tang Note: this piece appeared on The Guardian Sport Network on 21 July 2015.  Everybody loves Joe Root right now. And who wouldn’t? Since being dropped for the fifth Ashes Test in Sydney in January 2014, Root has plundered 1530 runs — including five hundreds, four of which were of the monster, unbeaten […]

Book Review: The Promise of Endless Summer

August 4, 2013

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By SB Tang Martin Smith (ed), The Promise of Endless Summer: Cricket Lives from The Daily Telegraph (2013) [Note: The Promise of Endless Summer’s publisher, Aurum Press, sent me a free review copy of the book and provided a discount book offer for readers of this blog (see below). However, they have neither influenced nor […]

One-Dayers: Live Free Or Die

February 10, 2013

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By SB Tang In Australia, one form of international cricket is dying. “One-dayers” we call them, in the land down under where they were born. In the rest of the cricketing world, they have come to be known as “Oh-Dee-Ayes”. I’ll refer to them as “one-dayers” in the Australian context, “ODIs” in the context of […]

Ravi Bopara: A Cursed Man

September 18, 2012

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By SB Tang Ravi Bopara ended the international summer with a cumulative total of 50 runs in seven international innings against South Africa. By the time he was dismissed for the final time this international summer for 6 in England’s opening T20 match against South Africa at Chester-le-Street, even Dale Steyn, the bowler who took […]

KP: A Genius

September 12, 2012

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By SB Tang Going into the second Test against South Africa at Headingley, England were already 1-0 down in a three Test series that they had to, at minimum, draw in order to retain their world number one Test ranking. By the afternoon of the third day at Headingley, England had slumped to 4 for […]

Andrew Strauss: Hedging the Opportunity

August 28, 2012

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By SB Tang In Friday Night Lights — the greatest television show most Britons have never seen — Coach Eric Taylor tells Matt Saracen, the under-sized, moderately talented high school sophomore quarterback on whose mediocre arm rests the hopes (and abundant fears) of a mildly deranged west Texan town where high school football is a […]

Phil Hughes: A Victim of Unsupported Hypotheses

July 29, 2012

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By SB Tang It’s after lunch on the third day of the 2010 Ashes Boxing Day Test. Australia’s opening pair of Shane Watson and Phil Hughes are cruising along at 5.4 an over in Australia’s second innings. The ever unpredictable Melbourne sun has come out for the first time during an Australian innings in the […]