Eye on the Ashes

Gideon Haigh's Ashes blog for Cricinfo

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Fifth Test, Sydney

No Harm done

A fast bowler of enormous gifts, but a cricketer who makes Martin McCague look like a lionheart.

A man who needs no introduction

It was hard to imagine Johnny Carson without Ed McMahon’s preamble: ‘And now, heeeeere’s Johnny.’ But does the world’s greatest Test wicket-taker really need an introduction as elaborate as he received today

Fifth Test, Sydney

An eye for cricket

How much has it enhanced our appreciation of these two giants of the game that we have been able to study them through television and its evolving technologies?


Gentlemen and Players

Free Foresters represent a love of cricket strong enough to travel long distances at considerable expense to unfamiliar grounds and an uncertain welcome; what do the rich and pampered England cricket team represent?

Fourth Test, Melbourne

Rudiwatch continued

I wasn't in a position to see a replay of Rudi Koertzen's refusal of the lbw appeal against Alistair Cook, so suspended judgement, and have only just caught up with it

Fourth Test, Melbourne

Legend status

There have been a few legends involved in this game, but only two 'Legends'

Fourth Test, Melbourne

The Best-Laid Plans

"I just close my eyes and whang it down anyway, so there's not much planning there." Thus Matthew Hoggard, bringing the house down at his press conference last night, in response to the mysterious straying of England’s bowling plan