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Alec Swann

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About

Alec Swann is a former Northants and Lancashire opener turned cricket writer. Newcastle United and golf generally occupy his other sporting interests but a bit of
rugby league with the Warrington Wolves and a soft spot for the Newcastle Knights.

Member Since:
June 2009
Favourite Sports:
Cricket,

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The Indians abroad are their own worst enemy

The Indians abroad are their own worst enemy

2 days ago

Apparently, certain wines and beers taste that much better in the country of origin. This might, of course, be nonsense and it could well all be in the mindset of the individual doing the consuming but, nevertheless, I’ve heard this old adage often enough to make me think there might be something in it. Yet […]

Ajmal’s anomaly needs to be rectified

Ajmal's anomaly needs to be rectified

14 Aug 2014

I won’t pretend to be a late 30s version of Rory McIlroy but I can play golf to a decent enough standard. On my day, if I’m hitting the longer of the irons well and putting like someone with something resembling a good touch, then my scores are more than acceptable. But if the opposite […]

Three forms of the game and money to be made: Player rotation is cricket’s future

Three forms of the game and money to be made: Player rotation is cricket's future

6 Aug 2014

Given the choice, would you rather, a) watch your country’s best players all of the time, b) some of them some of the time or c) not really that fussed. Player rotation – or whatever mumbo-jumbo description John Inverarity gave it – has never met with a great deal of favour, but the way things […]

Cricket needs to be clean and that starts at the very top

Cricket needs to be clean and that starts at the very top

2 Jul 2014

In the 1994 film Quiz Show, Ralph Fiennes plays Charles Van Doren, a university professor who is part of a rigged TV programme. In the show, which is named ‘Twenty One’, Van Doren is given the answers to questions so that he can remain as a popular winner and, in turn, keep the ratings up. […]

Is picking from your own really that difficult?

Is picking from your own really that difficult?

27 Jun 2014

Firstly, Sam Robson the batsman. He looks well organised, possesses a good temperament, owns a solid first-class record and has diligently worked his way through the ranks prior to arriving at the top table. Secondly, Sam Robson the Englishman? Australian? Anglo-Aussie? In cricketing terms, with a couple of Test appearances behind him, Robson is English, […]

Spanish outstay their welcome and pay the price

Spanish outstay their welcome and pay the price

20 Jun 2014

When is the right time to make the change? Not moving house or job, although that can be a decision to tax the clearest of minds, but the termination of a successful sporting outfit or career. History has shown, time and time and time again, this is a decision that really does benefit from a […]

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