No desk for Nick Compton

There’s been no announcement that Nick Compton has been dropped from England’s Test squad, but he isn’t in the squad to play a warm-up match against Essex and Geoff Miller, the national selector, said that Joe Root is “currently the best opening partner” for Alastair Cook. It rather smacks of

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Stumped by Dhoni and his experience

India’s Champions Trophy victory presents a good opportunity to bring this post about Twenty20 wicketkeeping to prominence once again. In a 20-over match, two of England’s top three were stumped by MS Dhoni and he could conceivably have had a third dismissal of that nature towards the end of the

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India are better than everyone

And are thus honoured with the Champions Trophy white jackets. What an honour. The final was an odd one, not least because it featured only 40 per cent of the scheduled overs. As soon as they announced it would be 20 overs a side, everyone started talking about six-hitting, but

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India are better than Sri Lanka

And by some margin. Even India’s bowling’s doing the job at the minute. They usually win one-dayers despite holding some sort of festival of pie-chucking when they’re in the field, so now they’re all but unbeatable. As for the batting, Rohit Sharma’s become unexpectedly efficient, while Shikhar Dhawan and his

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