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Ashes 2015: Third Test

Without knowing the state of the pitch at Edgbaston, my heart sank when Michael Clarke won the toss and elected to bat.  Australia have one method and one method only of winning: bat first, put on a decent total, and … Continue reading

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Ashes 2015: Second Test

I only caught the first two days of the second test because on Day 3 I was flying to Thailand, where I am now.  By the time I arrived, the match was all but over. Having predicted in my previous … Continue reading

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Ashes 2015: First Test

Well, it seems the cautious optimism I displayed in my Ashes Preview post was justified: England have thumped Australia in the first test mainly due to their batsmen being able to withstand the Australian bowling attack and the Australian batsmen … Continue reading

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Ashes 2015: Preview and Predictions

Okay, the Ashes are upon us again with the first test kicking off tomorrow.  As is customary around these parts, I will weigh in with my uninformed, narrow views as and when I think I have something to add. Many … Continue reading

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Tickled Pink

When I read stories like this, I can’t help but get the impression that Australia is going to disappear up its own arse before too long: The pink jersey worn by Australian rugby league referees is being scrapped as there … Continue reading

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RIP Phil Hughes

At the risk of this blog turning into a series of obituaries, I feel I should say something about the tragic death of Australian cricketer Phil Hughes, who has died two days after being struck on the head with a … Continue reading

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An Olympic Legacy

This is a damning report: Athens’ Olympic venues lie empty and disused as the tenth anniversary of the Games approaches. Greece spent over £7bn on the Games, yet the canoeing and aquatics centre are now completely dried up. The pictures … Continue reading

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Another World Cup, Another English Defeat

I did not watch all but the last 10 minutes of England’s inevitable defeat at the hands of Uruguay last night, which effectively ends their world cup campaign after only 5 days.  Instead I found myself at a bar with … Continue reading

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Here we go again

Isn’t this always the case, though? Preparations for the 2016 Rio Olympics are the “worst” ever seen, according to International Olympic Committee vice-president John Coates. … The news comes as Brazil faces a race to be ready in time for … Continue reading

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