January 26, 2010

England in South Africa 2009-10

The snappers' take on England touring life

Andrew Miller

If you’ve ever wondered what cricket journalists get up to on tour, then boil the kettle, set aside 25 minutes, and observe (with wry bemusement) the antics of Fleet Street’s finest on England’s recent tour of South Africa.

The men responsible for this fly-on-the-wall documentary are the freelance photographer Phil Brown and PA’s staff snapper Gareth Cpoley [sic] – a double-act who were accurately described as “bonkers” by the former England captain, Michael Vaughan, during one of his commentary stints on Test Match Special.

In the photographers’ alternative view, the average cricket tour involves a lot of crazy golf, a bit of shark-diving, a wide selection of chocolate bars and some pretty ordinary attempts at body-boarding. Enlightening.

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Andrew Miller is the former UK editor of ESPNcricinfo and now editor of The Cricketer magazine

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