Entries Tagged as 'book review'
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
September 22nd, 2013 ·
FIVE MINUTE FORTNIGHT: Steve Crook and the makings of a rock star; when Ashes was a field of underdogs, not heroes; and why Stuart Broad needs to do his talking with the ball.
"He ended up as the in-ground DJ at Northants for their limited over games"
FROM THE ARCHIVES (5'50 onwards): England v Pakistan, UAE, 2012; England v India, 2nd test, Mumbai, 2012
"I've had a hard week at work, I'm tucked up in bed eating cookies for breakfast, the heating isn't working. And what unfolds that morning is stunning."
THE REVIEW (12'05 onwards): Duncan Hamilton "A Last English Summer"; Neville Cardus "Cardus on Cricket"
"You need to be able to give good writers the opportunity to run free"
THE DEBATE (19'35 onwards): The cricketing world will be a significantly different place by Reverse Swept Radio episode 100.
Tags: Uncategorized · cricket · blog · podcast · county cricket · england · fantasy cricket · india · australia · book review · ashes · the ashes
August 12th, 2013 ·
FIVE-MINUTE FORTNIGHT: David Warner's inspired post-match interview; in praise of Sky Sports Ashes; whether India thrashing Zimbabwe 5-0 is good for either team; and why won't the Australians drop Shane Watson?
FROM THE ARCHIVES (6'30 onwards): David Boon and 52 cans of beer
THE DEBATE (32'15 onwards): 'Cricket is best appreciated as a neutral'
Recorded on 09/08/2013
Tags: cricket · blog · podcast · county cricket · england · australia · book review · ashes · the ashes
July 24th, 2013 ·
FIVE MINUTE FORTNIGHT: The joys of county T20 games at The Oval, and their disappointments; why we should be glad Richard Dawkins has got involved in the Ashes; and our attempts to watch international cricket continue to be cursed.
"In 2005 cricket was all over the front pages; in 2013 it's again on the front pages, but for very different reasons."
FROM THE ARCHIVES (9'20 onwards): Nick Compton
"For a man who left Middlesex because there weren't enough challenges, it will be interesting to see what comes next"
THE REVIEW (17'57 onwards): 'When Freddie became God: The 2009 Ashes' by Jarrod Kimber
"What makes this book special is its combination of being comic and being spot on"
THE INTERVIEW (24'45 onwards): Josh Green of Surrey Cricket Blog
"It's a real responsibility to actually pay attention to what's on the field"
THE DEBATE (46'40 onwards): "Is the current format of DRS fit for purpose"
In which our friendship and good humour was tested to breaking point.
Recorded on 24/7/2013
Tags: cricket · blog · podcast · county cricket · england · fantasy cricket · india · australia · book review · west indies · champions trophy · ashes · the ashes
June 18th, 2013 ·
FIVE MINUTE FORTNIGHT: The simple joys of fast bowling, with Wahab Riaz and Kemar Roach; have England got their one day formula right; the ECB's plan to start the season abroad; and the heartwrench of falling short of a 50.
"It's an annoying cliche that the low-scoring games are the best - but it's kind of true as well"
FROM THE ARCHIVES (9'55 onwards): The carrom ball
"To even get the ball out of your hand with this grip is hard enough. To land it with any degree of accuracy requires masterly control."
THE REVIEW (20'25 onwards): 'Basil D'Oliveira - Cricket and conspiracy: The untold story' by Peter Oborne
"Ultimately it becomes a great story and a great piece of theatre through the walk-on roles - both heroes and villains"
THE INTERVIEW (28'00 onwards): Chris Smith of Declaration Game
"Cricket's long history means there's a lot of received wisdom. I like to pick up those things and test them."
THE DEBATE (39'36 onwards): "The Champions Trophy will be missed"
"The Champions Trophy has always been the odd sibling in the ICC tournament family"
Recorded on 15/6/2013
Tags: cricket · blog · podcast · ipl · county cricket · england · sri lanka · fantasy cricket · india · australia · new zealand · book review · west indies · champions trophy