Always play a spinner

Always play a spinner. Always. Always, always, always. It offers variety; a change of pace that might unsettle the batsman. Maybe the odd ball will turn more than you think. Or maybe – just maybe – a batsman who’s untroubled by pace will, for some inexplicable reason, be totally unable

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Ajit Agarkar: Seriously, what is the point?

If you’re only going to pick four bowlers in a one-day game, you’d think you’d want four good ones. Yet in an era where India’s pace bowling resources have never run deeper, there’s been one conspicuous survivor from an earlier period. Ajit Agarkar. His survival is inexplicable. Even more inexplicable

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Abdul Razzaq retires

Wizened, 27-year-old, schizophrenic batsman cum solid, dependable bowler, Abdul Razzaq, has retired from international cricket. There are two ways of looking at this. The first way is to say that he’s had a big barny with the Pakistani cricket board. This might have started because he was talking to the

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