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What has happened to the Australian Hard Man?

From the age of five, I was already a sports fanatic, particularly crazy about cricket, so when we were forced to leave central Africa at independence and my father began talking about Australia as a possible destination, I was his

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2015 World Cup Cricket Final – the Martin Crowe Factor

At 5.30am tomorrow, South African time, Australia and New Zealand meet in the final of the Cricket World Cup, for the first time. It is a dream final for the organizers, as these are the host countries. As always though,

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World Cup Cricket – The Perfect Semi-Final?

As predicted in the World Cup Preview, the semi finalists are Australia, New Zealand, India and South Africa and on Tuesday the first semi-final of the 2015 cricket world cup will be played between New Zealand and South Africa. What

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Cricket World Cup Update

At the halfway stage of the cricket world cup, although there have been one or two upsets, the likely semi-finalists remain as predicted in the preview. India and New Zealand are unbeaten, while South Africa and Australia are on course

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Cricket – George Headley – An Appreciation

Some of those who pride themselves on a knowledge of cricket and cricketers probably know less about George Headley than they should. From early in his career, Headley was known in his homeland of Jamaica as the Black Bradman. Born

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Afghanistan Cricket – An Inspiring Story

Before the 2015 Cricket World Cup not many would have found much of an association between the words Afghanistan and cricket. It is a savage land, of searing heat in summer and freezing cold in winter. It is poor and

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Schools Cricket – An Appreciation

Schoolboy Cricket Coach of an Under 14A cricket side, I was doing duty as umpire thirty years ago, during a match in which we had just lost our sixth or seventh wicket. Victory was impossible and with an hour to

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15 Players to Watch at the 2015 Cricket World Cup

Limited Overs cricket being what it is, the list of 15 players to watch at the 2015 World Cup, is top heavy with batsmen, who, unfortunately, are likely to dominate at the world cup. Man of the moment is AB

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2015 Cricket World Cup Preview

Four week countdown to the 2015 Cricket World Cup Cricket World Cup 2015 number 11 begins four weeks from today. It is time to consider possible outcomes. World cup pitches Firstly, the cricket world cup groupings are well balanced and

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Intelligence in Sport, and the Lack of it – Part Two, Cricket

1999 World Cup’s Strong South African Side A strong South African side had made the super six stage of the 1999 world cup, where they were to meet a struggling Australian team, needing a win to remain in the tournament.

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