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Charles Hoare was a batsman whose appearances in first-class cricket owed more to connections that ability. His highest score - 35 - came in his first innings for Surrey in 1871 but in 17 innings thereafter he averaged 6.11. He captained Surrey in one match in 1874 before moving north to make one outing for Middlesex. His figures are even worse when it is taken into account that six of his games were against Cambridge University (he averaged 4.73). Ironically, his best two innings came in his only two county v county games. In club cricket - for the Orleans Club, MCC and I Zingari - he enjoyed more success.
When Mitchell Johnson hit Virat Kohli on the helmet with a bouncer, Australian fielders came from everywhere. Mental disintegration had gone, replaced by the cricket unity. Two teams, one family.
From the bouncer that struck him on the badge of his helmet to the bouncer that dismissed him, Virat Kohli's century, and his duel with Mitchell Johnson, made for compelling human drama
After the tragedy of Phillip Hughes' death, this match showed that cricket and life will continue to go on. This time Test cricket dug in and got through to tea.
Turning your back on a system that the whole cricketing world wants a discussion on, refusing to discuss it because it is not 100%, is not good enough
The failed gamble of handing Karn Sharma a Test debut despite him having a moderate first-class record means India have to rethink who their spinner will be
After a long time we have seen an Indian team and captain enjoy the challenge of trying to overcome stronger opposition in an overseas Test