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Couch Talk 175 with Ed Cowan

Australian batsman Ed Cowan talks about being dropped from the Test side after the first Test of Ashes 2013, how he dealt with it, his recent move from Tasmania back to New South Wales, his hopes of making a comeback … Continue reading

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Couch Talk 172 with David Gower

Former England captain David Gower talks about the handling of ‘individualistic’ players, and how he was managed as a young cricketer, the criticism of his batting that he didn’t try hard enough, the parallels to Kevin Pietersen, and also about … Continue reading

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Couch Talk 170 with Mike Gatting

Former England captain Mike Gatting talks about his career, highlighting the back-to-back Ashes wins in 1985 and 1986-7, the tour to India in 1984-5, his maturing as a batsman, the 1987 world cup and the rebel tour to South Africa … Continue reading

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Ashes Diary: Day 14 – U.K. Brettigiad

The title is borrowed from Gideon Haigh’s Cuts & Glances blog, referring to ESPN cricinfo’s Australian¬†Assistant Editor Daniel Brettig. Today Brettig’s book “Whitewash to Whitewash: Australian Cricket’s Years of Struggle and Summer of Riches” had its U.K launch at the … Continue reading

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Couch Talk 167 with Simon Jones

Former England fast bowler Simon Jones talks about his inspirations in becoming a fast bowler, his injury-curtailed Test career, the captaincy of Michael Vaughan and Nasser Hussain vis-a-vis Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook, the influence of Duncan Fletcher’s coaching, and … Continue reading

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Ashes Diary: Day 13 – Kent v Surrey

It was a day of typical London weather; grey skies and misty rain. I was scheduled to meet Daniel Norcross, BBC Test Match Special and originally known for Test Match Sofa at the Oval cricket ground. Surrey were hosting Kent … Continue reading

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Ashes Diary: Day 12 – Goodbye Cardiff

Lazy Sunday. What would have been the fifth day of the opening Test, I spent most of it in bed in my friend’s house back in South West London. It had been raining in Cardiff almost all day, so I … Continue reading

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Ashes Diary: Day 11 – One Down, Four to Go

Contrary to the expectations of most coming in to the Ashes, England did a number on the Aussies by winning the Test in 4 days. That means I don’t get a free lunch of the fifth day but that is … Continue reading

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Ashes Diary Day 10 – Stars Amongst Fans

In India, it is almost impossible to meet cricketers on the streets or in a restaurant or for that matter, during a cricket match. Active cricketers are all out of reach for the common fan. Even the former cricketers are … Continue reading

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Ashes Diary: Day 9 – Toilet Stories

As some of you might know, my “real” job is as an instructor, where I teach technicians and engineers to employ Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) methods such as ultrasonics to inspect and evaluate a wide range of structures like bridges, steel … Continue reading

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