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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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The imitation game: Should England copy the Big Bash?

The imitation game: Should England copy the Big Bash?

3 days ago

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. […]

Idealistic Agnew is off target with comments on Phillip Hughes

Idealistic Agnew is off target with comments on Phillip Hughes

14 Jan 2015

I wrote on this site not too long ago that to expect cricket to have changed in the wake of Phillip Hughes’ passing was nothing more than wishful thinking. To this end, the comments made by BBC Test Match Special commentator Jonathan Agnew left me feeling a touch uneasy and, to be blunt, missed the […]

Dave Warner’s better than I ever expected

Dave Warner's better than I ever expected

7 Jan 2015

My first viewing of David Warner came in a Newcastle – upon Tyne, not 100 miles north of Sydney – bar during my stag weekend. While contemplating whether or not I needed a beer at such an hour in the morning, in the TV up in the corner was a squat left-hander who I – […]

A change in approach was wishful thinking for cricket commentators

A change in approach was wishful thinking for cricket commentators

31 Dec 2014

Of the fallout from the dreadful events of late November, where Phil Hughes tragically lost his life, there was a surprising element among the reactions. It was wasn’t the outpouring of emotion from the cricketing fraternity, which was as heartfelt as it was expected. It wasn’t the sheer scope of the #putoutyourbats tribute, which was […]

India have the talent, they just never bring it on tour

India have the talent, they just never bring it on tour

24 Dec 2014

Will the real India please stand up? My mistake – they already are. Two Tests in, 2-0 down and staring a right good thumping squarely in the face, a result which would only add fuel to the barely debatable point that the Indians – when it comes to the five-day game – are appalling travellers. […]

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