September 17, 2009


Hello there

Andrew Hughes

I don’t know about you, but for a while now I have felt that there is something missing on Cricinfo. Sure, there’s plenty of informed opinion and pages of piercing analysis. Statistical weightiness? Check. Erudite journalism? Yep. Comprehensive information? You betcha.

That’s all very lovely. But what if you’re in the mood for some uninformed opinion? What if you have a liking for flawed arguments? And, while we’re at it, where are the wildly inaccurate recollections? Where are the vivid hallucinations, the ill-considered rants and the dangerously over-inflated metaphors? Look for these things on Cricinfo for as long as you want; you will not find them. In the march to the sunlit uplands of excellence, vast swathes of unexplored amateurishness have been overlooked.

Well, no more. I have been asked to venture forth into these territories, to pioneer on behalf of the dilettantes, the idlers, the malconents and the misguided; to speak for the silent minority, for those of us who like a little grit in our oysters.

My quest begins with a name: The Long Handle. What do we mean by The Long Handle? What is all about? Why is it here? Where has it come from? When will it stop? All of these questions will be answered over the coming weeks.

For those who can’t wait, all I can do is offer a little taste, a hint of what The Long Handle stands for. It is the look in Harbhajan’s eye just before he swings his handbag. It is the roar of an angry Sidebottom as Monty drops another sitter. It is the moment in a Shane Warne hair advert when you realise they aren’t joking. It is all these things and more. And sometimes less.


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Posted by raja on (September 27, 2009, 21:20 GMT)

Looking forward to more from you, Andrew. You know I am a fan of your writing. :-)

Posted by Mr Wicket on (September 25, 2009, 9:11 GMT)

Thanks, Andrew. I always thought The Long Handle was what you used when you supped with The Devil, and that if you took The Positives out of a performance all you were left with was The Negatives. As to wildly inaccurate recollections and vivid hallucinations, a friend of mine is utterly convinced that England won the Ashes.

Posted by Ram on (September 23, 2009, 15:07 GMT)

brilliant beginnings! here's to hoping your inane observations continue to add a touch of uselessness to cricinfo

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Andrew Hughes
Andrew Hughes is a writer and avid cricket watcher who has always retained a healthy suspicion of professional sportsmen, and like any right-thinking person rates Neville Cardus more highly than Don Bradman. His latest book is available here and here @hughandrews73

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