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The Cricket World Cup: A Preview, Part 2

Hot on the heels of the¬†The Cricket World Cup: A Preview, Part 1, here comes the second installment, featuring the four other top teams. South Africa It’s fair to say the biggest hurdle that South Africa has to overcome is … Continue reading

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The Delights of the Draw

One of the main complaints cricket lovers receive about their game is how it can go on for five days and yet no-one wins. What’s the point? is the cry. Evander and I talk about this in our book, Right … Continue reading

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South Africa Ascend to Number One

It was only a matter of time before a team of such quality would take the top position among Test-playing nations, and when South Africa defeated England in a gripping final Test match at Lord’s in London, to take the … Continue reading

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England vs. South Africa, First Test, Day 3

End of day score.¬†England 385. South Africa 403/2. Every now and again in Test cricket a team experiences not merely a bad day but total demoralization. Because the Test match may go on for five days, a side can not … Continue reading

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The Mighty South Africans

For the last couple of years, a joke has been muttered by those begrudging the England team’s success that the only reason it wins is because of all the South Africans in the side. Captain Andrew Strauss, batsmen Kevin Pietersen … Continue reading

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The Declaration

The Test match (the international version of the five-day game of cricket) offers a fascinating, strategic option for captains: the declaration. As Ron Kaplan notes of India’s current game against Australia : “Isn’t there the chance that India could have … Continue reading

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What the Hell Just Happened in Cape Town?

Just when you think the world of cricket couldn’t get any weirder or upside down, a Test match comes along that defies all expectations. Such an event occurred yesterday. The Australian cricket team is visiting South Africa for two Test … Continue reading

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