Browsing All posts tagged under »Phil Hughes«

Phillip Hughes: Forever Not Out

December 12, 2014

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By SB Tang Note: Phillip Hughes’s manager, James Henderson, has, on behalf of Phillip’s family, read and approved this obituary. An edited version of this obituary appeared in New Statesman.  Phillip Joel Hughes was born on 30 November 1988 in Macksville, a small Australian country town (population: 2786), 471 kilometres north of Sydney. He grew […]

Phil Hughes: The Matt Hayden of Our Age

August 23, 2014

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Note: this piece was published on The Guardian Sport Network on 23 August 2014. By SB Tang Once upon a time, there was a left-handed opening batsman. He was born in a small country town in one of Australia’s northern states and grew up on a remote farm, dreaming of playing cricket for Australia. He broke into […]

A Darwinian World

February 12, 2014

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By SB Tang The result of the Ashes — 5-0 to Australia — was surprising. But the manner and causes of that glorious Australian whitewash, just the third in the Ashes’ 131-year history, told us absolutely nothing that we didn’t already know about the current state of the Australian cricket team. Even before the commencement […]

Shaun Marsh: The Special One

October 22, 2013

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By SB Tang Note: this piece was re-published on The Guardian Sport Network on 25 October 2013. One summer, over a decade ago, New South Wales played Western Australia at the No 1 Sports Ground in Newcastle. The game was something of an occasion for the town of 143,613 people which clings to the coast about 160 […]

On Boof: A Time for Criticism

September 18, 2013

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By SB Tang Note: this article was re-published on The Guardian Sport Network on 19 September 2013. Sixteen days before the start of the Ashes, Cricket Australia sacked the coach of the Australian cricket team, Mickey Arthur. On the very same day, Cricket Australia announced that Darren Lehmann would take over as Australia’s coach with […]

Australian Autodidactism: Dying, But Not Dead Yet

August 14, 2013

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Note: this post was republished on The Guardian Sport Network on 15 August 2013. Before Waugh, before Chappell, before Bradman even, there was Victor Trumper: Australia’s first great batting hero. As a boy, Trumper had a batting coach: Charles Bannerman, Test cricket’s first centurion. Trumper listened politely to Bannerman’s eminently sensible coaching advice (for example: “Leave […]

The Virtue of Patience: A Tale of Two Western Australian Schoolteachers

July 28, 2013

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By SB Tang For most of the past 136 years, Australia has stood at the very apex of world cricket. In no other sport has one nation exerted a global dominance so prolonged and consistent across the centuries. For the most successful cricketing nation on earth, the loss of six Test matches in a row […]