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'You play at your best when your instincts are at 100%'

Sep 15, 2015: Former England captain David Gower talks about the mental side of batting, dealing with critics who questioned his commitment, and handling Ian Botham

Interview by Subash Jayaraman

'The definition of being positive has changed'

Aug 17, 2015: Former England captain Mike Gatting on changes in attacking cricket, the long wait for his first Test hundred, captaining England to an Ashes win, and the 1987 World Cup

Interview by Subash Jayaraman

Eight new balls, Boycs' go-extra-slow, Gower's stand-in bat

Jun 23, 2015: Plus debutant brothers, a man who paid for the honour of captaining England, champagne to celebrate a first wicket, and more fun Ashes facts

Rob Smyth

An ode to Gower

May 13, 2015: Exquisitely flawless, the former England captain was the Rembrandt of batting: all touch, timing and subtle depth; and never better than 30 years ago

Rob Steen


Gower savours life in the last chance saloon

Jul 12, 2014: David Gower was on the verge of being dropped for good at The Oval in 1990 before he scored a charismatic 157 against India

Martin Williamson

Champs today, chumps tomorrow

Dec 12, 2013: In separating sportsmen into two distinct categories - tough men and cowards - we not only miss the subtlety, we miss the whole truth

Ed Smith

England in Australia 2013-14

David Gower: from Perth to perfect

Oct 11, 2013: David Gower reflects upon his England career through some of his most memorable Ashes experiences

As told to George Dobell

The ghosts of '89

Jun 26, 2013: Australia's triumph in the 1989 Ashes is a cautionary tale for those who think England barely need to lift a finger to retain the urn

Rob Smyth

Cricket as complex narrative (or how KP loves himself)

May 9, 2013: A novelist argues that cricket is more character-revealing than character-building

Patrick Neate

That languid, Gower summer

Oct 4, 2012: In 1985, at the height of his powers, David Gower was flawless, influential, and a lesson to eight-year-olds on what style meant

Ed Smith


Sri Lanka's impressive Lord's debut

Jun 4, 2011: On paper, when England and Sri Lanka met for the first time in England at Lord's in the late summer of 1984, there should have only been one winner ... but Sri Lanka had other ideas

Martin Williamson

Australia v England, first Test, Perth, 1982-83

A touch of Gower

May 30, 2010: A WACA innings where the batsman should, by rights, have gone on to make 400

Christian Ryan

The myth of the elegant left-hander

Mar 9, 2009: Why does the world insist that left-hand batsmen are naturally elegant and graceful?

Suresh Menon

West Indies v England, 1st Test, Jamaica, 1st day

Nerves for Strauss; barmy for Bill

Feb 4, 2009: Andrew McGlashan presents the plays of the day

Andrew McGlashan in Jamaica


Anything Goes for Gower

Jan 17, 2009: When a press conference got all too much for the England captain

Martin Williamson

Best performances at The Oval

Taking centre stage at Kennington

Aug 8, 2007: England and India have played nine Tests at The Oval over the years and Cricinfo looks back at the memorable performances

George Binoy

England captains are never great one-day players

It's not just Vaughan

Apr 17, 2007:

Tim de Lisle

Ignored men

Causes celebres

Mar 22, 2007: When selectors make mistakes or leave out heroes, the press and public love to make a song and dance about it. Steve Pittard selects his favourite ignored men

Ask Steven

Whitewashes and white coats

Jan 8, 2007: The regular Monday column in which Steven Lynch answers your questions about (almost) any aspect of cricket:

Steven Lynch

December 2006

On top down under

Dec 8, 2006: Simon Lister interviews the key figures behind England's successful tour of Australia, 1986-87

Interviews by Simon Lister
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