OCTOBER 26, 2014

Spin coach

Satish Acharya
OCTOBER 26, 2014

South Africa cricket

Close encounters with a hippopotamus

Mark Geenty interviews Dale Steyn for the Dominion Post, and asks the South Africa fast bowler about his brushes with wildlife, how he began playing cricket, and whether he can tell if a batsman is scared.

Can you sense fear in a batsman? "The answer is yes. Through body language you can see it. A lot of players are scared and they back away and hit you over extra cover and it looks really good, it's a one bounce four and he runs down near where I'm standing but I know inside that he's absolutely crapping himself. I know, and he knows, the only reason he played that shot was because he was shitting himself. I get that feeling all the time."

OCTOBER 26, 2014

New Zealand cricket

Jesse Ryder not New Zealand's sole hope

New Zealand's batsmen are struggling against South Africa in their first series in the build-up to the 2015 World Cup. Jesse Ryder is plundering lesser attacks, dividing opinion of whether he should be picked in the national side.

Writing for the Dominion Post, Jonathan Millmow is adamant that New Zealand can do without Ryder.

Three conditions need to be placed on Ryder before he is even considered for the World Cup. (1) Will he swear off alcohol for the duration of the tournament. (2) Will he shorten his Big Bash contract with the Melbourne Renegades to focus on New Zealand's buildup to the tournament. (3) Will he toe the line in terms of his fitness work. Only then, should he be considered and even then I wouldn't pick him. If New Zealand is stuck for an opener then Brendon McCullum is as good as anything going around. My guess is Ryder won't agree to those conditions, so he is not an option for the World Cup.

In the New Zealand Herald, Mark Richardson writes that Martin Guptill, who is struggling for form against South Africa, needs to be given more chances at the top of the order.

Guptill has played 86 matches and averaged nearly 39 with five centuries and 18 half centuries and a strike rate of 80. What's more, he's a specialist opener. He's not been good lately but you cannot deny the class is there. To write him off on the back of two tough starts on a tough wicket to start on is knee-jerk and irresponsible.

OCTOBER 26, 2014

Sri Lanka need to trust their own

Janaka Malwatta: There's still a tendency to look overseas when it comes to picking the coach. Are there grounds for this?
OCTOBER 25, 2014

The Outlaw Jesse Ryder

Andrew Hughes: In which Wild Abe de Villiers and his vile gang get their just desserts. Or maybe not
OCTOBER 25, 2014

ODI overs analysis using ball-by-ball data: Part 2

Anantha Narayanan: A look at various interesting high and low-scoring sequences in ODIs with the help of ball-by-ball data. Plus, a Bradman surprise
OCTOBER 24, 2014

Bangladesh 3/4 for rare Test win

ESPNcricinfo staff: Bangladesh Test victories are about as rare as months that India go without playing an ODI but with Zimbabwe coming to visit, they have a golden chance to register a five-day win and are 3/4 to take the opening Test in Dhaka.
OCTOBER 24, 2014

Indian cricket

Politics and commentary not for Yuvraj

In an exchange moderated by Vipin Pubby, Yuvraj Singh opens up to Indian Express about his fight against cancer, his favourite captain, his equation with Sachin Tendulkar, and also shares his thoughts on Virat Kohli's "angry young" persona, WAGs, politics, and coming under criticism for his infamous knock in the World T20 final.

Well, I have tried my hand at acting when I was a kid. I remember I flunked in exams once in school, my father took me to his film set for a role. I managed to do roles in two Punjabi movies as a child artist. One was Putt Sardaran de and the other one was Mehandi Shagna Di. Lets see what happens in the future. But I don't think I can do cricket commentary.

OCTOBER 24, 2014

Australian cricket

From McDonalds to Barbecues

In his blog the Wasted Afternoons, Russell Jackson presents every Australian domestic one-day uniform from the last 30 years.

At some point I may update this and provide some more detail on the designers and the competitions themselves, but for now let's just stick with pictures because that's what you're really here for. One final word of warning; uniform designers were dead to me after about 1999 and you might feel the same way, so the final 15 years at the bottom was something of a chore for me and I'm sure it will be for you other purists.

OCTOBER 24, 2014

The bias of umpires

Scott Oliver: Understanding historical trends in decision-making might help you deal with the iffy calls you receive. Or maybe not
OCTOBER 24, 2014

Watch out or cricket will get you, child

Sidin Vadukut: A concerned parent writes a letter of warning to his ten-month-old daughter
OCTOBER 23, 2014

The renewability of cricket

Samir Chopra: We as players and spectators have a great deal to do with the perceived complexity of the game, simply because we change over time
OCTOBER 23, 2014

Pakistan cricket

Younis Khan, man for a fight

Where does Younis Khan rank among Pakistan's finest batsmen? Osman Samiuddin has his say in the National.

It is in this time, the era of Misbah-ul-Haq that Younis has pushed himself right up in that conversation and made it into an era of his own. Has anyone brought as great a sense of security and comfort as Younis to this flimsiest batting order? It is difficult to remember one who has had to nurture as many young batsmen around him, or who has figured in as many critical partnerships. There is something more there, right? Some heart, an inner struggle that maybe puts him beyond all of them.

OCTOBER 23, 2014

WICB underwater

Satish Acharya
OCTOBER 23, 2014

'Told the cashier I have love, pride and passion'

Alex Bowden: West Indies players act busy, in our Twitter round-up
OCTOBER 23, 2014

All hail the Phantom

Stuart Wark: One of Australian cricket's leading voices, he was also a technically correct opener who took on some of the best fast bowling attacks with distinction over a ten-year career
OCTOBER 22, 2014

An infiltrator in the West Indies proletariat

Andrew Hughes: The on-strike players find the enemy is within
OCTOBER 22, 2014

The thing about Australia's superiority to Pakistan

Ahmer Naqvi: The numbers are all in Australia's favour but the fact that they haven't played in Pakistan for 16 years weighs against them
OCTOBER 21, 2014

Cricket: complex, unknowable cricket

Jon Hotten: We, as players and spectators, are finite, but cricket, utterly brilliant in its design, is not
OCTOBER 21, 2014

World Cup replaced by India-Sri Lanka ODIs

James Marsh: West Indies' pullout forces seismic changes to the world cricket schedule