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  • Pick your ultimate West Indies pace attack

    So rich is the history of West Indies fast bowlers that whittling any list down to a specific bowling attack is hugely problematic.

    Even if the task were to select an all-time entire West indies team of pacemen, there would still be some notable omissions.

    Let's start with the distinguished era of Learie Constantine, George Francis and Herman Griffith, through to Manny Martindale, Wes Hall and Charlie Griffith, to the formidable quartet of Andy Roberts, Michael Holding, Joel Garner and Colin Croft (pictured, above).

    Oh, and there's always Malcolm Marshall, Courtney Walsh, Curtly Ambrose etc,

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  • Five reasons why England didn’t win the World Cup

    After yesterday's post on how England could win the World Cup, it is only fitting to answer our question with a resounding NO.

    England's attempt to reach a first 50-over World Cup final in 19 years came to a shuddering halt in Colombo on Saturday.

    Andrew Strauss' side also managed to break their streak of being involved in close games by suffering an old-fashioned mauling as Tillakaratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga made hay against a listless England attack.

    Cowers starts the post-mortem on why England failed to win the World Cup in the old fashioned way - by blaming someone else.


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  • Million dollar bash

    Another day, another new competition - it's not just the New Road outfield that is in danger of being saturated.
    The England and Wales Cricket Board are announcing details of a lucrative new Twenty20 link-up with Texan billionaire Sir Allen Stanford - he of the stetson, black bats, big ego and even bigger pockets.
    After the weekend annoucement of the new Twenty20 Champions League, we now have a series of one-off matches between England and the Stanford Superstars in Antigua plus a new four-team international tournament in London.
    While the county/state/regional game exist merely to service

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  • Swann on song in Chennai

    11:30: India 155-6 (45 overs): WICKET! Some chat out in the middle and maybe Yuvraj gets distracted as he drives loosely at a wide-ish delivery from the returning Harmison and bucket hands Flintoff takes the catch at second slip. Cranky shot eight minutes before the close and it's definitely been England's day.

    That's stumps! Join me back here at 4am tomorrow for more from Chennai. We are definitely looking at a positive result in this match.


    11:15: India 136-5 (42 overs): Cook is flying through the air like a salmon at backward point and gets a fingertip on a

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  • Were the Windies the greatest of all time?

    Cowers usually only gets away from its field to look up obscure cricket statistics (to check, for instance, that Gerrie Snyman did indeed once score 230 in a Namibia innings of 282 all out).

    So it was a rare treat when it had a chance to talk to West Indies legend-turned-commentator Michael Holding about the great Caribbean team of the 1970s and 80s.

    Their feats are celebrated in a film, Fire in Babylon, which looks at the success of the team and the remarkable role they played in galvanising a region, and triumphing at a time when sport, politics and race were colliding across the

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  • IPL looms large over county season

    There's barely been time for half the captains in international cricket to fall on their swords, and scarcely enough for India's collective post-World Cup victory hangover to ease - but we're all set for another seven-week tournament in India.

    Players will therefore do their best to pretend that they are not suffering from burnout and rouse themselves for the prospect of travelling to India to play a string of Twenty20 matches for rupees aplenty.

    After much wrangling, the IPL organisers have got rid of chairman Lalit Modi, brought in two new teams (Kochi and Pune), excluded two more (Rajastan

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  • The script has been written for Sachin

    The script has been written: Sachin Tendulkar will score his 100th
    international century on his home ground in Mumbai to clinch the World Cup for

    Would you bet against that happening?

    After all, the Little Master ensured that he did not reach the historic landmark against Pakistan, albeit after having to give his wicket away on four occasions before he was finally dismissed thanks to plenty of fielding ineptitude.

    As the old saying goes, 'no side that drops the great Tendulkar four times deserves to win a cricket match' - and Pakistan's display in the field did not warrant a place in

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  • Cricket needs honest incompetence

    If any match in the history of cricket was guaranteed not to involve any spot-fixing or other associated funny business, it was this one.

    No bookie or player would be brazen enough to try it on in the full glare of the cricket world. This match, more than any other, was definitely clean.

    Which makes it rather a shame that, every time something unusual happened during England's five-wicket win at Sophia Gardens, it was impossible not to wonder if anything underhand was going on.

    And that is the real curse of this spot-fixing scandal. Not that three carefully-placed no-balls would affect the

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  • Snarling Siddle plays England like a fiddle

    Many people spend their 26th birthday running
    through racks of shots and playing the role of the tipsy fool on the dance
    floor; Peter Siddle, however, spent his running through England and playing the
    tourists like the proverbial fiddle

    The snarling Victorian became the 11th
    Australian to take a Test match hat-trick
    , and ended with galling (insert
    'ripping' if you are of a Baggy Green persuasion) figures of six for 54 which effectively
    broke the back of England's paltry first-innings offering.

    After Andrew Strauss's third-ball 'epic
    fail', it was up to Jonathan Trott to 'go to the trenches'

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