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Couch Talk 110 with Mike Selvey, The Guardian

In this episode, former England cricketer and The Guardian newspaper’s cricket correspondent Mike Selvey talks about the pseudo-posturing and aggression that was on display during the recent Ashes down under, England’s dismal performance, the Andy Flower-Kevin Pietersen saga, and also … Continue reading

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State of Unstable Equilibrium and the Ashes Scoreline

In Dead Poet’s Society, the Robin Williams’ character (John Keating) tells his students to seize the day (“Carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary”). I wrote a guest post for ESPNcricinfo’s Cordon on the ability to seize … Continue reading

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Couch Talk 93 with Lawrence Booth, Editor of Wisden

In this episode, Editor of Wisden and The Daily Mail’s cricket correspondent Lawrence Booth talks about the Kevin Pietersen test message scandal story that he broke last summer, the responsibilities of cricket reporters, the ever changing cricket media environment, the … Continue reading

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Ashes Black Swan Event?

Gideon Haigh said during a recent interview that despite the overwhelming dominance of England over Australia in the Ashes so far, the 10-0 predictions may not actually come true. He thinks that “there is a potential for Black Swan kind of … Continue reading

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Couch Talk 89 with Gideon Haigh

In this episode, Australian writer Gideon Haigh talks about the Decision Review System (DRS) that has been a major talking point in the ongoing Ashes series, the ethics of walking, Australia’s confused approach to this Test series (replacing the coach, … Continue reading

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Ruthlessness and England Batting On

There was plenty of talk on air and on Twitter about the declaration that never came. England were light years ahead of Australia towards the end of third day’s play at Lord’s and the talk was about England declaring and … Continue reading

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Couch Talk 88 with Oli Broom, “Cycling to the Ashes”

In this episode, Englishman Oliver Broom talks about his odyssey of cycling to Brisbane, Australia from London to watch the 2010-11 Ashes. He talks about the planning, the struggle – physical and mental, the kindness of strangers, playing cricket in … Continue reading

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I heart Siddle

Peter Siddle. Siddles. Sizzle. Sid Vicious. Siddlers. Siddleshwar. P Siddy. Call him any name you want, but he is the man a captain would want with the ball in hand, when a break through is desperately sought. Siddle is the … Continue reading

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Tale of Dhoni and Two Sharmas

Let me get the cliché machine cracking: A captain is only as good as his players. There is no amount of playing the hunches and strategizing that can substitute for a set of very good, skillful players. While Ricky Ponting’s … Continue reading

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There Will Be No Heroes

Sport, at its core is about fairness – in how it is played, how it is run and the experience of viewing it. In its best form, it is capable of inspiring the actors on its egalitarian stage to the … Continue reading

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