Entries Tagged as 'book review'
January 8th, 2017 ·
THE TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: Declaration Game's Select XI of Cricket Blog Posts, Australia's revival, the Big Bash (but no county cricket) on UK free-to-air TV and the T20 v Tests scheduling issues.
"I've never quite been able to come around to rooting for Australia."
FROM THE ARCHIVES (11'32): The Googly
"While playing a casual game of "Twisti-Twosti", you can innovate to your heart's content."
The Scapegoat of Cricket by Bosanquet
THE REVIEW (22'01): Supreme Bowling: 100 Great Test Performances - Compiled and Edited by Patrick Ferriday and Dave Wilson
"Cricket is always a game of stats but it's actually relatively rare to read cricket writing that attempts true analysis."
Recorded on 8/1/17
Tags: cricket · blog · podcast · ipl · county cricket · england · sri lanka · india · australia · new zealand · book review · west indies · champions trophy · ashes · the ashes · pakistan
December 11th, 2016 ·
THE TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: The MCC World Cricket Committee, a day at the SCG, Scotland's captain retires in the face of indifference to the Associates and Toby suffers a cricketing existential crisis.
"You suddenly think to yourself "why do I do this?""
FROM THE ARCHIVES (13'12): The Victor Trumper photo
"I was in the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, turned a corner and there it was, possibly the most iconic cricket image of all time."
THE REVIEW (22'29): Resilient - Mitchell Johnson
"You do have to be a little bit resilient while reading this."
Recorded on 10/12/16
Tags: cricket · blog · podcast · ipl · county cricket · england · sri lanka · fantasy cricket · india · australia · new zealand · book review · west indies · ashes · the ashes · pakistan
July 31st, 2016 ·
TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: The arrival of the Women's Cricket Super League, Nevill and O'Keefe's heroic last stand, the difficulty of finding county cricket to watch and do we have to "feed the snake"?
"It felt like the match had become a backdrop to a massive stag do."
FROM THE ARCHIVES (11'25): Fred Goodall v the West Indies
"When asked whether he'd ever meet Croft again, Goodall replied "Not on your nelly.""
THE REVIEW (21'58): Philip Hughes: The Official Biography - Peter Lalor and Malcolm Knox
"At the age of 9, he was scoring big hundreds with a maturity which observers hadn't seen before."
Recorded on 31/6/16
Tags: cricket · blog · podcast · county cricket · england · australia · book review · ashes
April 24th, 2016 ·
THE TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: Ben Duckett's breakthrough, James Taylor's dignity and courage in the face of his premature retirement, Grant Flower's frank assessment of Pakistan's lack of professionalism and a bong in the shape of Shane Warne's head.
"I don't personally know what a speed dealer looks like."
FROM THE ARCHIVES (12'13): The joy of cricket board games
(including Owzthat, Calculator Cricket, Book Cricket, Armchair Cricket and the Test Match Game)
"These games are only as good as the imaginations of those playing them."
THE REVIEW (25'45): Fatty Batter - Michael Simkins
"A nudge into the crisp boxes at third man counts as a single."
Recorded on 24/4/2016
Tags: cricket · podcast · county cricket · england · book review · pakistan
July 6th, 2014 ·
FIVE MINUTE FORTNIGHT: Jason Roy's casual violence, the slippery spirit of cricket, the unbalanced Olympic debate and the ICC mistreats Tonga.
"This seems pretty harsh on a tiny and impoverished Pacific Island."
FROM THE ARCHIVES: The tournament no-one asked for - The Afro-Asian Cup
"There would be a lot of competition for the title of worst organised cricket tournament in history."
THE REVIEW: The Great Tamasha - James Astill
"He was rejected from a youth team for having too many teeth."
THE DEBATE: Will Alistair Cook survive the ongoing furore over his captaincy?
"He made the mistake of trying to play the media at their own game."
Recorded on 6/7/2014
Tags: cricket · blog · ipl · england · india · australia · book review
May 28th, 2014 ·
FIVE MINUTE FORTNIGHT: The rise of the Overton twins, Trescothick's renaissance, dodgy dealings in the BBL and ongoing rumblings over suspect actions.
"There's a huge satisfaction in seeing the brilliance of a player who you never expected to be able to produce his best again."
FROM THE ARCHIVES: The Author's XI
"All of these amazing literary characters, all of their amazing imaginations and there they were playing this most stimulating of games."
THE REVIEW: Field of Shadows - Dan Waddell
"It's not very good for morale if you're punching your fielders when they drop catches."
THE DEBATE: "Any cricket fan who gets angry with their team is taking it all too seriously."
"We'd rather have people online writing nasty comments than throwing rocks at batsman's houses."
Recorded on 28/5/2014
Tags: cricket · blog · podcast · county cricket · england · australia · book review
April 21st, 2014 ·
FIVE MINUTE FORTNIGHT: The Easter resurrection of Peter Moores, the talented Mr Mills, missing county cricket from Australia and a rainy false start for the village season.
"Cricket is a wonderful sport for teaching us about dealing with failure and dashed expectations."
FROM THE ARCHIVES: A bowling machine called Merlyn
"It's artificial, like making love to a statue."
THE REVIEW: No Holding Back - Michael Holding
"He owned the best petrol station in the entirety of Jamaica."
THE INTERVIEW: Phil Harrison
"Everyone who follows sport, wishes on some level that they'd made it."
THE DEBATE: "It's wrong that England are trying to take Paul Farbrace from Sri Lanka."
"There's a sense of England throwing their financial muscle around that makes me uncomfortable."
Recorded on 21/4/2014
Tags: cricket · podcast · county cricket · england · australia · book review · ashes
November 19th, 2013 ·
FIVE MINUTE FORTNIGHT: Ashes preview: looking forward to the non-heroes being heroes; and will this be Kevin Pietersen's final Ashes series?
"Welcome to the podcast still reeling from the events in Mumbai: Shiv Chanderpaul's 150th test match"
FROM THE ARCHIVES (6'25 onwards): Gatting and Rana — the 1987 incident
"As an umpire, he wanted to be a record-breaker"
THE REVIEW (14'50 onwards): David Tossell "Following On"
With apologies to the author if we repeatedly mis-pronounced his name. It's a very good book.
THE DEBATE (22'10 onwards): Are media mind games a waste of time?
"If you use ex-players for propaganda, it's going to backfire at some point"
Tags: Uncategorized · cricket · blog · podcast · county cricket · england · australia · book review · ashes · the ashes
October 28th, 2013 ·
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FIVE MINUTE FORTNIGHT: Converting to Pakistan; the dangers of anarchy in the South African dressing room; the BCCI's press restrictions; and how we could improve highlights packages.
"Who knows - maybe the BCCI would would restrict our own pinpoint opinions if we were to broadcast out of India"
FROM THE ARCHIVES (7'45 onwards): Stumbling on cricket in Oman
"It's not that I have a problem reading about obscure games - but if you do, you have to make the match reports compelling."
THE INTERVIEW (21'50 onwards): Ian Reid, founder of The Baggy Green
THE DEBATE (37'45 onwards): Did Sachin plan his retirement well?
"I wonder if we, as English cricket fans, just don't quite get it?"
Tags: cricket · blog · podcast · ipl · county cricket · england · sri lanka · fantasy cricket · india · australia · new zealand · book review · west indies · champions trophy · ashes · the ashes
September 22nd, 2013 ·
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FIVE MINUTE FORTNIGHT: Harare's moment in the limelight; looking forward to 50-over domestic cricket; Carberry's missed opportunity; and the futility of post-test ODI series.
"The big question: will anyone actually remember this series?"
FROM THE ARCHIVES (6'55 onwards): A history of a rare dismissal: Handled the ball.
"Haynes stood his ground, insisting he wasn't aware of the law"
"It's a ramble - but in the best possible way"
"There aren't too many people disappointed that their county isn't in the Champions League"
THE DEBATE (28'00 onwards): Comparing cricketers from different eras is fun but ultimately futile
"I'm fairly sure Don Bradman could have seen in colour"
Tags: Uncategorized · cricket · blog · podcast · county cricket · england · australia · book review · west indies · champions trophy · ashes · the ashes