Alec Swann is a former Northants and Lancashire opener turned cricket writer. Newcastle United and golf generally occupy his other sporting interests but there's a bit of rugby league thrown in with the Warrington Wolves and a soft spot for the Newcastle Knights.
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If the rumours carry any substance, it’s only a matter of time before Jason Gillespie becomes England’s new coach.
When a national side isn’t having too good a time of it, the quality of their domestic system is generally questioned.
‘He’s too close to the team.’ ‘How can he make decisions about blokes who he’s played with?’ ‘Isn’t it merely jobs for the boys?’ ‘The team are struggling and need someone from outside’. So they said about Darren Lehmann in summer 2013.
When Jonathan Trott fended a well directed bouncer Shannon Gabriel bouncer to square leg, just a couple of minutes into his first innings at the Kensington Oval in Barbados, his number was up.
Somewhere in my attic, among the bags of old clothes and Christmas decorations, is a box of video cassettes.
A comment on my piece from last week, followed by events in Antigua a few days later, provided the stimulus for what’s to follow.