Category Archives: South Africa

Robert Croft: The Unsung Hero of ’98

England’s vicious Test series against South Africa in 1998 has come back in to sharp focus this week, with Rob Smyth’s excellent piece on the decisive Fifth Test at Headingley providing a timely reminder of the pitched battle that the two nations engaged in that summer.

Smyth recounts the increasingly antagonistic nature of the series, as England recovered from a ten wicket defeat at Lords during the Second Test to win the series 2-1.

Michael Atherton’s defiant 98 not out during the second innings of the Fourth Test at Trent Bridge is often considered to be the defining moment of that series, and with good reason, but it would have been for nothing were it not for another man: Robert Croft

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One Stump Short Podcast: Episode 15

BBC Test Match Special commentator and Test Match Sofa founder Daniel Norcross (@NorcrossCricket) joins Rob on the latest episode of the One Stump Short Podcast to review England’s ODI series against South Africa and preview the Champions Trophy.

Daniel also shares his Test Match Special experience as the iconic show celebrates it’s 60th anniversary and the pair discuss the changing face of cricket media.

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One Stump Short Podcast: Episode 13

Writer and broadcaster Adam Collins (@CollinsAdam) of ABC Grandstand, ESPN Cricinfo, Wisden Almanack and more joins me to discuss the contractual stalemate between Cricket Australia and its players.

We also discuss the upcoming Women’s World Cup, Dale Steyn’s absence from South Africa’s tour of England this summer and the retirements of Pakistani stars Misbah-Ul-Haq and Younis Khan.

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NOTE: Sorry about the slight sound issues on my end…

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One Stump Short Podcast: Episode 12

Writer and broadcaster Vithushan Ehantharajah (@Vitu_E) of the Freelance Cricket Club Podcast, ESPN Cricinfo and The Guardian is my guest on the latest episode of the One Stump Short Podcast!

We discuss the results of this week’s key vote, which gave the ECB the green light to move ahead with a new city based T20 competition, Zafar Ansari’s decision to retire at just 25-years-old and the Royal London One Day Cup.

There’s also an attempt to dissect what looks set to be a highly competitive Champions Trophy tournament!

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Winter Tour True Test Of New England

England have regained The Ashes, given the old enemy a hiding and embraced a new, adventurous form of cricket previously only reserved for upstart nations like New Zealand and players from the Caribbean. It is only a matter of time before England are the number one ranked side in world cricket again.

Or at least, that’s what you might think were you to get as swept up in England’s Ashes success as some seem to have been.

Beating Australia, home or away, will always trigger celebration. Large swathes of England’s fan base remember the near 15 year monopoly Australia had on the urn, and so any success against this mighty opponent will be met with rapture.

But England’s mastery of home conditions was surpassed by Australia’s inability to get to grips with a squidgy Glamorgan track or a seaming pitch at Trent Bridge. Where Alistair Cook’s men turned up for three Tests, Australia only did so for one.

This isn’t to say it was ‘easy’ for England per se, but, conquering a capitulating opponent in favourable conditions is one thing, while this winter’s tours are quite another.

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