The Cricket Paper: Lord of the Flies – Entrenching the hierarchy

 

• A version of this article was originally published in The Cricket Paper on 30 March 2018. To access the original, and to subscribe to my weekly column, please click here.

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BBC World Service: Stumped – The Rise and Rise of Rabada

BBC World Service: Stumped – The Rise and Rise of Rabada
BBC World Service
15 November 2017

The making of Kagiso Rabada – hear from the school cricket coach who helped shape South Africa’s new fast bowling superstar.

Also on the programme: Warren Barnes, the trend-setting New Zealander who wears a protective mask when bowling. And a report from Zimbabwe – a nation gripped by World Cup fever as the national team tries to qualify for the 2019 finals in England.

The Cricket Paper: This sporting life – How T20 reflects the lure of the private sector

 

• A version of this article was originally published in The Cricket Paper on 16 March 2018. To access the original, and to subscribe to my weekly column, please click here.

The Nightwatchman: Cricket for all colours

The Nightwatchman – The Wisden Cricket Quarterly

Issue 21 – Spring 2018

The Nightwatchman is a quarterly collection of essays and long-form articles and is available in print and e-book formats.

Isabelle Westbury asks whether the game is undergoing a cultural shift.

Nearly 30 years on British Asians have still not been fully accepted into English cricket. However, the next 18 months offer an excellent opportunity for change – a chance to build on the events of last year: Pakistan’s victory over India in the Champions Trophy and India’s bold run in the Women’s World Cup. With the India and Pakistan men’s teams touring the UK this summer, and a World Cup to follow in 2019, more subcontinental cricket is coming to these shores than ever before. What more can be done to ensure that cricket in this country really is a game for everyone who lives here – including the three million South Asians who make up almost ve per cent of the population?

The Cricketer: Club scene – Clubbed together or miles apart?

Isabelle Westbury compares the English recreational game with its Australian counterpart, with the help of Daniel Bell-Drummond of Kent and The Grade Cricketer’s Sam Perry

During an ashes series, every aspect of English and Australian life becomes a fevered competition, from how imaginative the crowd chants are, to who serves the best coffee*. as predictably as Nathan Lyon taking Moeen Ali’s wicket, so every level of cricket in each country is scrutinised, often becoming the saviour of, or scapegoat for, a series win or loss. This time county cricket bore the brunt, its bloated 18-team set-up deemed inferior to the She eld Shield, which is played between just six states. inevitably club cricket, the next layer down, is also dissected – and compared. for many young english county players, grade cricket, the highest form of club cricket in each australian state, is a rite of passage. it is an opportunity to play bruising cricket in a warm climate at a standard often compared to some of the second division county teams.

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The Cricketer: The Big Bash – Archer and Denly take Australia by storm

Isabelle Westbury reports on how the ‘British’ duo were signed as replacements with great success

There is something about defying expectations that suits the English. Label us favourites and we will self-destruct. Make it clear from the outset that we are very much second best, however, and we thrive.

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The Grade Cricketer: Don’t Touch It! with Steve O’Keefe

The Grade Cricketer: Don’t Touch It! with Steve O’Keefe
Fox Sports Australia
Episode 34
19 January 2018

There may be a post-Ashes lull in the Australian summer, but that doesn’t stop us recording the longest show of all time. Stick with it though, as Steve O’Keefe walks us through everything from under 10s rejection to a 12-for in Pune, and everything in between. Isabelle Westbury goes a few more rounds with us and explains the Stokes affray thing, and Andrew Walton from MyCricket joins to celebrate 10 years and explain why he killed the art (science?) of lying in cricket

The Cricket Paper: Is it time we stopped trying to make our sporting heroes role models?

 

• A version of this article was originally published in The Cricket Paper on 19 January 2018. To access the original, and to subscribe to my weekly column, please click here.

Wisden Cricket Monthly: County cricket – the answer to, not the reason for, England’s troubles?

The extent to which county cricket is clearly ignored by pundits and decision-makers is damning, says Isabelle Westbury.

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