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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When Mickey Arthur was unceremoniously given his marching orders in the lead-up to the 2013 Ashes, it was a development that was both surprising and the opposite.
I generally have to suppress a smirk when the term ‘planning for the future’ is wheeled out in sporting terms.
If it can be classed as a fitting end when the best side win a tournament, then the World Cup delivered just that.
After the few seconds of cursing in the wake of South Africa’s semi-final defeat and an appreciation of a New Zealand side who couldn’t have times their rise to peak performance any better, attention inevitably turned to the second semi-final.
Australia’s thrashing of England at the MCG a few weeks ago was notable not only for the powerful nature of Aaron Finch’s hundred but the efficient performance of George Bailey in the middle order.
Is it a particularly English trait for any sporting failure to lead, in no time at all, to a ridiculously hysterical reaction?