The Telegraph: Exclusive David Gower interview – ‘Element of implied ageism’ in Sky’s decision not to renew my contract

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David Gower believes there was “an element of implied ageism” in the decision by Sky not to renew his contract once the Ashes finishes next week. The comments come as the former England captain, who has spent more than 20 years with the television broadcaster, prepares for his final Test match behind the mic at the Oval on Thursday.

The full version of this article was printed in The Telegraph on 9 September 2019 and can be accessed here.

The Telegraph: Sledging serves up amusing Ashes sideshow but it is telling who is doing the talking at Old Trafford

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The silent treatment. It’s one of those theories, reverse psychology if you will, that is applied to those opponents who are believed to crave the limelight, the attention. Those who need something or someone to rise up against in order to perform at their best. No surprises, then, that it was tried by many against one Pietersen, Kevin.

The full version of this article was printed in The Telegraph on 7 September 2019 and can be accessed here.

The Telegraph: 42 days after the World Cup final – a better innings, a better match… but a better story?

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They were, both, a once-in-a-generation match. A once-in-a-generation innings. Only there were two. Within 42 days of each other, in fact. Perhaps it was fate, written in the stars. The answer to the great question of life, the universe and everything is, of course, 42. “42 days, in this instance,” said Douglas Adam’s supernatural computer, Deep Thought, with infinite majesty and calm.

The full version of this article was printed in The Telegraph on 26 August 2019 and can be accessed here.

The Telegraph: With no James Anderson, a subtler Stuart Broad stands up to lead England’s Ashes attack

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Twenty-something Stuart Broad was all about the headlines. The eight-for at Trent Bridge, five-for-one at Newlands or dismantling India in Manchester. He formed a partnership with James Anderson that beat all that had gone before. There was always a sense, however, of Anderson as the reliable performer, Broad the young upstart, blowing hot, but occasionally cold.

The full version of this article was printed in The Telegraph on 17 August 2019 and can be accessed here.

The Telegraph: Joel Wilson is the unfortunate face of cricket’s umpiring problem after Ashes review debacle

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The instinctive reaction was one of pity. A man doing his job, not particularly well, but doing it nonetheless. Umpire Joel Wilson struck a lonely figure in the middle of the vast expanse of Edgbaston, surrounded by a crowd known for its intensity and a press box notorious for its unforgiving nature. The less said about social media the better.

The full version of this article was printed in The Telegraph on 4 August 2019 and can be accessed here.

The Telegraph: Steve Smith looks every bit Australia’s captain in waiting – but should not be

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About halfway through the afternoon session on day three, England’s ninth-wicket stand tilted from the vaguely irritating to the deeply frustrating phase for Australia. The interactive scoreboard had just flashed up a 50, the partnership neatly compiled between Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad, before the television cameras quickly panned to Steve Smith.

The Telegraph: From first ball agony to run out ecstasy – the super over as it happened

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As the country froze one man held his nerve. Effortlessly he glided in, like a ship soaring across unruffled seas, Jofra Archer, a man who, just a year ago, no one in the country could have known might be here, delivering for England.

The Telegraph: Bangladesh put stunned South Africa to sword

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Sport means many different things to many different people. In the West, what is meant to be an entertaining pursuit tends to veer between two extremes: a serious, methodical affair, analysed in severe and sombre tones, and a raucous booze-up. Watch a South Asian nation, however, and the celebratory, festival-like atmosphere is a spectacle unlike any other.

The Telegraph: New Zealand begin World Cup campaign with ruthless 10-wicket victory over Sri Lanka

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New Zealand (137/0) beat Sri Lanka (136) by 10 wickets

There is a moment, before any sporting contest, where hope and opportunity triumph over all else. As Sri Lanka’s Lahiru Thirimanne deftly guided the first New Zealand delivery to the fine-leg boundary, those thoughts blossomed.

The Telegraph: Aussies hit ominous form with Sri Lanka thrashing

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Sport means many different things to many different people. In the West, what is meant to be an entertaining pursuit tends to veer between two extremes: a serious, methodical affair, analysed in severe and sombre tones, and a raucous booze-up. Watch a South Asian nation, however, and the celebratory, festival-like atmosphere is a spectacle unlike any other.