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After going down 2-0 in the 2013 Ashes series against England, Australia have numerous questions that they have to answer if they want to get back to the top of Test cricket rankings.

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In 1983, the West Indies pace quartet was at its pinnacle. Few hoped to survive against them, and fewer still had the audacity to confront them head-on and fight fire with fire.

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One of cricket’s all-time fastest bowlers says he wouldn’t have been able to play at top levels for 12 years under the modern workload.

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There it was in today’s Daily Telegraph, the bold headline above three living legends of West Indies and world cricket, “West Indies Legends: T20 is Killing Cricket”.

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How tragic is it to see West Indies cricket languishing in the doldrums.

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We have all heard of batsmen who can bowl or bowlers who can bat. Allow me introduce you to a new phenomenon in world cricket: the batsman who cannot bat.

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Despite Australia’s emerging young fast bowlers, there’s every chance the same quicks who were demolished by England last time out will feature in next year’s Ashes series.

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Viv Richards once surprised an interviewer by telling him that he thought his best innings was the 61 he made in 1983 against India at Sabina Park. I was there. And I can tell you that there is no innings that stands out more in my memory than the one he played that day.

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West Indian great Michael Holding doesn’t like what he sees. The fearsome fast bowler reckons his nickname Whispering Death fits the future of Test cricket.

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West Indian great Michael Holding doesn’t like what he sees. The fearsome fast bowler reckons his nickname Whispering Death fits the future of Test cricket.

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It has been a lamentable performance. “The most powerful cricketing nation,” observed the Daily Mail, “have been an embarrassment.”

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Former West Indies fast bowler Michael Holding has hit out at India for wielding “too much power” in world cricket. India are the sport’s financial powerhouse on account of cricket’s massive following in the world’s second most populous nation.

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A couple of weeks ago, Roarer Vic Arious lamented the lack of great sporting nicknames in Australia. Combined with a story I wrote this week about two of rugby league’s greatest characters, Rex ‘Moose’ Mossop’ and Mark ‘Piggy’ Riddell, it provoked me into thinking about my favourite sporting nicknames.

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To paraphrase Michael Holding, the current West Indies players are uncool, off the pace and on the nose. His recently released book, No Holding Back, is not your normal run of the mill book written by an ex-cricketer looking for a payday.

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