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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
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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 […]

Flintoff’s comeback is more than a PR stunt

Flintoff's comeback is more than a PR stunt

1 Jun 2014

With the recent announcement that England’s Ashes hero Andrew Flintoff is set to make a comeback, a range of questions have arisen. Merely a case of publicity seeking or a genuine cricketing revival? A worthy enterprise or a foolhardy escapade? Should he or shouldn’t he? Coming to a Big Bash franchise near you soon? If […]

Life bans are the only solution to match-fixing in cricket

Life bans are the only solution to match-fixing in cricket

21 May 2014

I’d like to say that my first reaction on seeing last week’s expose of yet more cricket match-fixing allegations was one of shock. Yet, like many others I suspect, it was one of resigned disappointment. More dirty laundry being aired, with Lou Vincent doing the washing, will bring promises of strong action until, once the […]

Have England made the right choice or missed a trick?

Have England made the right choice or missed a trick?

20 Apr 2014

At one stage not too long ago, during the captaincy of Mark Taylor and Steve Waugh, the Australians were riding roughshod over anyone in their path. Over in this part of the world, we stared enviously at all things cricket, even though they were 12,000 miles away. They’ve got a productive academy, why don’t we […]

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