Alastair Cook’s back

Apparently Alastair Cook developed a bad back while flying. This is an ability we didn’t know he had. Those who have been fortunate enough to witness an airborne Cook say he spurns dramatic swoops in favour of steady progress at a consistent altitude and that when bad weather is forecast,

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George Bailey v David Warner

We haven’t really given much thought to Australia’s other five batting slots which means we can pitch Bailey v Warner as being a battle for the sixth one. They’ll almost certainly both play in the first Ashes Test, but let’s gloss over this so that we’ve got something to say

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Orchestration and delusion

After losing the first Test to Pakistan, South Africa captain Graeme Smith said: “It should hurt. But this team has too much ability to make this a habit.” We immediately thought about the distinction between confidence and delusion and how the only real difference is what happens afterwards. These seemed

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Exclusive celeb gossip scoop

A secret source writes: I thought this might interest you. It’s just like the 3am Girls in The Mirror, only with better grammar and more discussion about the state of County Championship wickets than they normally have. Overheard at the gym at the weekend – a regular first-team Lancashire player

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A quick Cricket Badger update

We won’t do this regularly because that would be boring, but we thought we’d at least let you know how week one of Cricket Badger went. We picked up a couple of hundred subscribers – most within the first day. More pleasingly, we will have about 20 per cent more

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Ishant Sharma’s death bowling

Bailout made an unusually strong and comprehensive argument in favour of Stuart Matsikenyeri when we requested names of players whose continued selection seems inexplicable. However, Ishant Sharma was mentioned more frequently. Sharma seems to be the subject of much scrutiny at the minute. A Cricinfo article about him last week

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