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Sam Collins: A very British cyclist

December 18th, 2009 by Sam Collins in The Ashes

If you were listening to TMS during today’s tea break or have been reading his blogs, you will be well aware of Oli Broom’s solo-cycle to the Ashes in Australia. I am with him in Istanbul at the moment writing a feature for next month’s Wisden Cricketer.

I am not going to scoop myself but I wanted to give you a quick peek inside Oli’s trip. Eleven countries down on his way to Brisbane, he is almost through Europe – from Turkey he heads alone into the Middle East, Africa, Asia, the Far East and Australasia. For a Chartered Surveyor from Berkshire that is definitely the unknown.
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Benj Moorehead: Paul Harris’s non-spinning art

December 18th, 2009 by Benj Moorehead in England, South Africa, Test cricket


So you have to spin the ball to be a decent spinner, do you? Well, yes, but only occasionally if you go by Paul Harris’s success. Most spinners use the one that goes straight on as a surprise. If it works inversely, as in the case of Harris and as England discovered today, it is mighty effective.

Harris, who is among the top 10-ranked Test bowlers, isn’t easy to admire. He shuffles up to the wicket and then round comes the arm. It’s an action wholly lacking in mystery. Everyone wants a spinner to have a bit of mystery.

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Daniel Brigham: Solving your New Year’s Eve problems

December 18th, 2009 by Daniel Brigham in Test cricket

Throwing a New Year’s Eve party and need something extra-special to wow your guests? If you can’t quite afford a cricketer to turn up, why not go for the next best thing and hire a look-a-like?

A quick trawl of agencies on the internet uncovered … not much really. Bizarrely there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of demand for a Tim Bresnan or Ryan Sidebottom impersonator.

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