James Anderson cruelly overshadowed

We have several other points to make about the Old Trafford one-dayer. We didn’t want to overburden you yesterday – our slightly addled hero worship seemed sufficient match analysis for one day. James Anderson bowled really well. Probably better than Stuart Broad. Anderson v Tendulkar is turning into an excellent

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Stuart Broad has won us over

We made Stuart Broad one of our ones to watch this season. Despite that endorsement, we’ve not been fully-convinced of his worth yet. A lot of hyperbole’s been spat in his direction and we weren’t really sure where it was coming from. We think we get it now. It wasn’t

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Allan Donald preaches aggression

Allan Donald became England’s bowling coach at the start of summer. Today marks the fiftieth occasion when an England bowler has said something along the lines of: “AD’s just been telling us to go out there and be really aggressive.” It was James Anderson on this occasion, but Ryan Sidebottom

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Ian Bell – ink him in at three

We’d planned to write something about how Ian Bell supplied the padding in the ‘meal’ of an England innings – the bulk that everyone takes for granted, without really paying any attention to it. Slightly dull, but integral to the construction of the meal. There were going to be lots

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