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A Sports fanatic. I play some. I watch all sports, and I enjoy them. Above all, I have an opinion on them all! I can be contacted on anindya@thecricketwriter.com Twitter @cric_writer. Do visit my website www.cricketwriter.com

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R.I.P. American tennis

When Rafael Nadal steps on to the red clay to try and claim his 12th French Open title next week, it will be a day that the world of tennis will remember for a long time. And it will have nothing to do with the Spaniard’s latest assault on Grand Slam history.

Great piece as always Kersi! Thoroughly enjoyed it! Steve Smith is an acquired taste, wine that matures with time and tastes extraordinary when it does. I wasn’t a fan as it hurt my puritanical batting sensibilities and made me wince. But now I am in love with the genius of the man.

Steve Smith’s highlights and unusual sidelights of the 2019 Ashes

Could not agree more Ronan. Hypocrisy sadly is hardly the exclusive domain of any one group of people. To add to your list I could go as far back as 1977 when John Lever virtually single handedly won a series against India on benign Indian pitches by producing – Vaseline induced – never before (or indeed thereafter) seen movement of the ball. The evidence was found, Tony grieg years later admitted it, but the MCC managed to browbeat the then weak BCCI into letting MCC make the call about the guilt. It’s little surprise what the end result was. For having the guts to go public, Bishan Bedi, India’s captain, lost his county contract and was labelled a chucker – a man whose bowling action was videotaped and distributed across the counties just a few years earlier by the MCC themselves to teach English spinners the perfect flowing action! As I said, hypocrisy has never been an exclusive reserve.

England have no moral high ground over ball tampering

Waiting at singapore airport to take a flight on 9/11 I thought I might need another coffee but then I read THIS! Absolutely loved it Dane! With work and my new book coming early next month taking all my time have missed Roar and these pieces. Mea Culpa. Back now and waiting for more on Prophet Smith . Keep them coming!

Piece of toast discovered bearing divine image of Steve Smith

Can’t but agree on the ICC angle. They have been on a roll lately. Banning Zimbabwe and throwing the lives of the players and support staff at the altar of politics is arguably even worse than the damage wrought by the boundary rule.

The curious case of the Sunday night angst

Thanks so much !

The curious case of the Sunday night angst

I have written enough about Nick. You can find them on my profile. Two of them are titled ‘Nearly Headless Nick…’ and ‘Complete Headless Nick…’. You will find my views of him there. Nick doesn’t need anyone to end his career. He is doing a perfectly acceptable job himself. Cheers.

The curious case of the Sunday night angst

Thank you so much ????

The curious case of the Sunday night angst

Exactly Jero ????

The curious case of the Sunday night angst

Thanks so much Neel. So glad you enjoyed it.

The curious case of the Sunday night angst

Absolutely Rats. Could not agree more. Like many others, I had been calling for an England win for much of the past year just seeing how they have been approaching the game and the strength of the side. That doesn’t mean I WANTED them to win (far from it), just that logically they had the best side to win this competition. And they did nothing wrong. I was rooting for Stokes to do it in the end, willing him to get the runs. He was absolutely magnificent. And that last ball from Jofra Archer, the maturity, the guile in setting the field for a short one and bowling a yorker for the first time in 6 balls in a super over with the Cup on the line. Things like that take you over the line, notwithstanding the rules and the ‘Bat of God’.

The curious case of the Sunday night angst

Thank you so much Kersi! I did indeed. The drama was too much to either allow sleep or let me linger too long at either venue. One for the ages.

The curious case of the Sunday night angst

Hi Jeff – I believe the angst would have been less of these two specific results had been reversed, yes. The outcry about the rules would still have been justified but it would have been less over the top in my view. And much of this angst has come from the subcontinent who were not even involved in either match. ????

The curious case of the Sunday night angst

If she does win consistently and a few more GS, by sheer force of numbers she will be counted as an all time great. Rarely do people look back to see the quality of opposition in every instance when mind numbing records such as Serena’s are examined. My point was if Ash does rise above the others consistently, she will automatically achieve this. Hope that’s clearer.

Fairytale of Ashleigh Barty: Indigenous, cricketer, Grand Slam champion

I am not trying to convince anyone. That’s why I mentioned that it’s my personal opinion formed from my years of association with the sport. And this can only be an opinion since there is no accepted definition of a weak era so your view or mine will remain views. I have expressed mine in the article and you have expressed yours in the excellent comments. So all we can do is agree to disagree and enjoy her future successes ????

Fairytale of Ashleigh Barty: Indigenous, cricketer, Grand Slam champion

My problem is not with a range of talented players (which is undeniable) but with their lack of consistency and killer instinct which prevents them from making an impact on a regular basis. Making quarters and semis when there are no dominant players on the circuit is a sign of a weak era. I have been playing and watching tennis for about 4 decades now and I admit that’s my personal opinion about the sport at the moment.

Fairytale of Ashleigh Barty: Indigenous, cricketer, Grand Slam champion

Yes it is as I see it because these girls are largely inconsistent and pretty much one slam wonders. That for me is a weak era because you don’t have a group of top quality consistent players.

Fairytale of Ashleigh Barty: Indigenous, cricketer, Grand Slam champion

And the last 10 by the way have been won by 9 different women.

Fairytale of Ashleigh Barty: Indigenous, cricketer, Grand Slam champion

Weakness between my ears notwithstanding, the facts are as follows: The last 14 Women’s Grand slam events since AO 2016 have been won by 10 different players. That’s the clearest sign of a weak era. Serena’s domination was before that and for several years she was so good she had no competition, so the rest of the field was arguably weak by definition.

Fairytale of Ashleigh Barty: Indigenous, cricketer, Grand Slam champion

Thanks Kersi. Indeed I would be disappointed if she stops at just one GS. The exclusion of those names is entirely because there are so many great aussie players, that I just wrote those which are top of mind recall for me, for no other reason. There could also be later champs like Pat Cash and Hewitt that deserve mention.

Fairytale of Ashleigh Barty: Indigenous, cricketer, Grand Slam champion

Shami, who I suspect might play, perhaps in the place of Bhubaneswar Kumar.

India warn they can bounce Aussies out too

Very fair comments Barney and an interesting perspective on what Americans need to do. I do think however that clay takes much more getting used to, from the movement of feet on the surface which is vastly different to hard courts, to the bounce, to the impact of spin off the surface, just to name just a couple. The slowness for me personally is only one aspect of it. It is Nadal’s greatness that he was able to get to a stage where on grass and hard courts he is less comfortable with, only the genius of Federer and Djokovic have kept him away from more GS. For me, Federer’s struggles on clay are more like Lendl’s on grass notwithstanding the sole FO Federer managed in Nadal’s absence. Which is why whenever I have (unwillingly) dived into the GOAT debate I have hesitated to wholeheartedly endorse him for the honour.

R.I.P. American tennis

Nice one Kersi. That SA/SL match was an absolute classic and a lesson in how you can stumble at the last mile for not doing your homework. There was no reason whatsoever for SA to lose that match!

My favourite World Cup cliffhangers: Part 8

Great reminder of a fantastic game Kersi. And what about last night? Wow! What a performance by Pakistan! This is what I want in the CWC not the insipid nonsense dished out before this by the teams!

My favourite World Cup cliffhangers: Part 4

Lovely memories Kersi. Didn’t recall that Pakistan WI match at all until your reminder. Enjoyed it thoroughly. Keep them coming!

My favourite World Cup cliffhangers: Part 1

Kersi – Rosewall won 8 Grand slams, Laver won 11 and and Newcombe 7. They were amazing champions but their achievements pale in comparison to Federer, Nadal and Djokovic. Besides the Aussie trio did not play at the same time, hence did not ha e to share GS with each other. If the modern trio had been born at separate times I suspect they would have won significantly more GS each.

R.I.P. American tennis