Weird dismissals: coincidence or something else?

To bungle one odd dismissal may be regarded as a misfortune; to make a hash of two looks like carelessness

A different kind of catching

Brisbane Heat captain, Brendon McCullum: “Tonight I think the Hurricanes, or George, missed an opportunity. I just get the feeling, speaking from experience, that this is an opportunity that he will in time wish he had made the other choice.” [Image: Ben Sutherland, 2015]

LeRoy is a sleepy town of around seven and a half thousand people and falling in Western New York State. On a road trip from Manhattan to Niagara Falls, you would breeze past it on the left and Rochester on your right.

You probably wouldn’t stop, unless you had a strange fascination with gelatin-based desserts; of the two things LeRoy is famous for, the first one is that it is the home of the Jell-O Museum.

The second is vocal tics. Starting in August 2011, in quick succession 14 students at the local high school reported a bizarre set of medical issues. They included verbal outbursts, tics, seizure activity and speech difficulty. Amidst growing interest from the media, and a flurry of local and national interviews, patients’ symptoms worsened and the ‘illness’ spread to six further locals.

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ICC player eligibility changes pose silent threat

Changes to the ICC’s international player eligibility regulations have gone largely unnoticed, but their impact could be significant

Alan Isaac (L), President and David Richardson (R), CEO of the ICC at a press conference held at the ICC Headquarters in Dubai, UAE in January 2014 (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Headbutts make headlines in the same way that un-sexy regulations don’t.

More hoo-ha than usual surrounded the start of the 2017/18 Ashes series. Glenn McGrath didn’t even need to make his customary, only-semi-joking whitewash prediction. Ben Stokes threw his winter away, David Warner revealed his self-motivation tips, and we later found out that Jonny Bairstow and Cameron Bancroft had enjoyed a minor tete-a-tete.

These pre-series shenanigans may have set the tone for the Ashes, but it is another development, which flew largely under the radar, which could have a lasting impact on cricket. Continue reading “ICC player eligibility changes pose silent threat”

CricIndex 5th Test Smokescreen podcast

img_0291And breathe. The England team have finally been taken into the back yard and had four bullets (plus one misfire) pumped into its skull under the old apple tree. Time then to sharpen the scalpel for the still-twitching cadaver of the 5th Test and the stiffening body of the series as a whole.

Amit Kohli and I rate the England players, look to the future for New Zealand and beyond, and discuss whether the system is the root cause of England’s touring woes.

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CricIndex 4th Test Smokescreen podcast

img_0291England didn’t lose! The whitewash is off, I repeat, off! I join Eddie Gibbs to review a better showing from the tourists, albeit in an ultimately futile cause.

Topics on the menu this episode include the redemption of Alastair Cook, the continued insane brilliance of Steven Peter Devereux Smith, the MCG pitch sorting the wheat from the chaff, and why Kevin Pietersen is wrong, so very very wrong.

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