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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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Aussies shouldn’t expect a quick and bouncy ride

Aussies shouldn't expect a quick and bouncy ride

18 minutes ago

A few years ago I ended up being involved in a debate with an opposition player regarding the pitch that our respective sides had just completed a league game on. His issue was that it been deliberately left dry in order to favour the hosts – my team – and it was an unsporting gesture […]

It’s time for Australian cricket to go back to what works

It's time for Australian cricket to go back to what works

4 days ago

When all else fails, it’s time to resort back to plan A. The thumping handed out by Pakistan in the first Test, as well as reinforcing the impression that Australia just don’t do slow and attritional, made it quite clear that the team selection was awry. As a general rule, the XI put on to […]

Pietersen’s rantings a depressing affair

Pietersen's rantings a depressing affair

9 Oct 2014

The intention was to pass comment on Australia’s return to the international scene – Steve Smith continues to impress, he’s certainly more effective than I thought he’d ever be – but the game of cricket has taken a back seat this week. In its place, there has been the advance viewings of Kevin Pietersen’s literary […]

The Indians abroad are their own worst enemy

The Indians abroad are their own worst enemy

22 Aug 2014

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 […]

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