The thing is that beauty is rarely a deliberate pursuit for batsmen. They grow up playing as they play, products ultimately of nature and nurture. They don't try to be pretty or crabby, they are what they are. We put the label on them, but labels, we know, are woolly. I'm not going to make a case here that there was beauty in Smith's play, although I could argue that some of the repertoire - the late dabbed cut, or an impeccably timed push wide of mid-on - was beautiful in a weird, not-quite-right way. Like Adrien Brody or Benedict Cumberbatch. … [Read more...] about Don’t forget Graeme Smith, the batsman
One of the most impressive aspects of his captaincy was the number of Tests South Africa won away from home. They won 23 out of 56 Tests, which equals the record for most Test wins overseas under a captain - Clive Lloyd's West Indies won 23 out of 50. Of the 20 overseas series in which Smith led South Africa, they lost only four - to Pakistan in 2003, Sri Lanka and India in 2004, and Australia in 2005-06 - drew six, and won ten. Since the defeat to Australia in 2005-06, Smith captained South Africa to 12 overseas series (including series at neutral venues), winning eight and drawing four. … [Read more...] about Fourth-innings hero, and captain extraordinaire
A 21-year-old Surrey offspinner who has been back in training at The Oval, and will come into the reckoning for the enlarged Test squad, having been part of the red-ball leg of last winter's Lions tour. Needed some "tough love" after struggling to regain fitness following a stress-related back injury in 2018-19 winter, according to Alec Stewart, but came back into the first team in style with a 14-wicket haul. … [Read more...] about Who are the new names in England frame?
The state of play for England’s top-flight is live as Liverpool closes in on its first domestic title of the PL era and the European and relegation pictures are anything but settled. … [Read more...] about LISTEN: NBC’s crew discusses the Premier League’s June 17 return
Motherwell 6-6 Hibernian remembered...Andy Murray's helping with my rehab - Hibs starOn the departures, sporting director Graeme Mathie said: "I only have good things to say about Adam, Steven and Vykintas, who have been a credit to themselves and the club since the day they arrived. … [Read more...] about Hibernian confirm departures of Adam Bogdan, Steven Whittaker and Vykintas Slivka