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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I feel sorry for Brad Haddin. I know, they are not the words you may expect to see written by an Englishman given that, in certain quarters, the wicketkeeper is viewed as the walking embodiment of all that is distasteful about an Australian cricketer.
An insinuation I can’t stand about professional sportsmen is that they’re not trying.
One of the two protagonists entered the first Ashes Test as justifiable favourites.
Australia will regain the Ashes. There you go, I’ve committed that particular thought to the screen, despite it going against every patriotic bone in my body. But – one caveat – they won’t win the series.
So floodlit Test cricket is about to hit the schedules. Excited? Non-plussed? Curious? Apathetic?
As England have just played a meaningless Twenty20 international against New Zealand (tagged at the end of a tour, just what is the point?) and Australia are netting ahead of their tour opener, the Ashes phoney war will have to suffice for this week’s offering.