Category Archives: Sport mirrors life

Captain Cook gets a baptism

England suffered a heavy defeat this morning in the first Test Match against India at Ahmedabad. What is it like being a leader at times like this? Alastair Cook, England’s relatively new captain will be learning some tough lessons: 1. … Continue reading

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There’s no KP in TEAM

We’ve all heard that there’s no “I” in TEAM. After being dropped, there is now no Kevin Pietersen either. So why did England omit KP from their crucial final Test squad against South Africa at Lords today? Is there a … Continue reading

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Britain backs Botham

30 years ago, Headingly Yorkshire, Ian Botham pulled off the most spectacular victory in cricket test history. BBC’s Sir Ian Botham: The Legend of the 1981 Ashes   was a great way to reminisce about the events of that match and … Continue reading

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Will England make number 1?

Andy Flower has been reappointed as England’s leader. He has set out his objective clearly: make England number one in the world (see the Times article). Will he succeed? Actually I am not sure. I do think his track record is … Continue reading

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Ashes series win – let the party commence

Wins do not get better than this! How does a losing team pull back over two years and win a series of 5 test matches in Australia 3-1? Brilliant leadership! Great coaching. Superb individual and team performances. You have to … Continue reading

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Is the war nearly over? Ashes Day 18

It looks like Ashes victory is in sight by the end of day 3 at Melbourne. But how did England recover from their comprehensive defeat at the “WACA”? And what have been the ingredients of their success here? My view … Continue reading

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Victory is sweet: Ashes Day 10

I type in the word “cricket” and before I’ve got to c-r-i the world’s non-cricket lovers have already pressed “delete”! But if you stayed this far, let me tell you, today’s victory of England against arch rivals Australia, in Adelaide, is … Continue reading

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