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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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In one day international cricket, context is king

In one day international cricket, context is king

25 Feb 2015

If you took just this particular site as a narrow sample of all the cricketing comment available on the internet, it would still take you quite a while to collate all of the anti-one-day-international opinion. Not that there is anything wrong with being opposed to the 50-over game, after all it will never be everybody’s […]

Lessons to be learned for England after MCG drubbing

Lessons to be learned for England after MCG drubbing

18 Feb 2015

When I finally managed to convince my kids to turn off children’s TV and let their dad have a quick look at the cricket score on Saturday morning, Australia had just lost the wicket of George Bailey. The score read 5-230 in the 39th over and presented a scenario where the batting side could, if […]

I’ve bet on South Africa so they’ll win for sure

I've bet on South Africa so they'll win for sure

11 Feb 2015

It’s about time the results of my cricket gambling started to match up to the ‘informed’ reasoning behind them. I’m still to forgive Steve Waugh and co. for their inability to get the better of West Indies in the Caribbean at the end of the last century. A banged-on bet if ever there was one. […]

Are the pool stages of the Cricket World Cup even worth playing?

Are the pool stages of the Cricket World Cup even worth playing?

6 Feb 2015

A competition without the competition is no competition at all. Okay, that might be stretching it a bit too far, but the quickly approaching World Cup threatens to underwhelm when it should really be doing the polar opposite. The 50-over game’s marquee event, a tournament that has provided more than its fair share of captivating […]

The imitation game: Should England copy the Big Bash?

The imitation game: Should England copy the Big Bash?

28 Jan 2015

Brett McKay was right on the money with his piece earlier this week about the Big Bash turning heads elsewhere in the cricket-playing world. I’ve no idea whether the men in suits in South Africa or Bangladesh are consulting their calculators and assessing the merits of a Big Bash-style competition, but the triumph of the […]

Was De Villiers’ the best ODI innings of them all? I don’t think so

Was De Villiers' the best ODI innings of them all? I don't think so

21 Jan 2015

When Alex Hales bludgeoned an unbeaten century against Sri Lanka in the 2014 World Twenty20, it provided England’s high point from a forgettable tournament. Hales’ performance, which turned what appeared to be a losing cause into the opposite, was a fine display of hitting; of natural, uncluttered talent coming to the fore in supreme style. […]

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