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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Overhearing a passionate debate in a bar often throws up all kinds of gems. Politics, sex, employment, kids, spouses. Nothing is off limits and when alcohol is added to the mix the humour/depravity/outlandishness is increased, often to the nth degree.
When Nottinghamshire reached the knockout stages of the Royal London Cup – English domestic cricket’s 50-over competition – the other year, admission to the game was £10 for adults.
I watched plenty of the game, I read a fair bit about it in the aftermath and I spoke to a few people who were there.
It has been referenced before but it still sits as the ideal starting point for what is about to follow.
Marlon Samuels is the man responsible for one of the laziest, most uncommitted performances by a professional cricketer I’ve witnessed.
Twelve months ago, England – as I’m sure you’ll all remember – made a complete pig’s ear of the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.