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Author Archive for Tanya Aldred

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The Spin | The green shoots of women’s cricket are tougher than they look

The ECB has had to prioritise this Covid-19-affected season but a ‘gender-balanced game’ remains the goal for the ruling bodyIf frost arrives unexpectedly or cruelly, tender, young plants wither and die. Hardier ones are more likely to see it out, with…

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Unexpected timeout offers global sport chance to tackle its pollution problem | Tanya Aldred

Sustainability is already on the agenda and it needs to be in a country that sends three cricket teams on tour every winterWith no live sport to watch or play, exercise has never been more precious. Those minutes of freedom, an uncurling away from bad …

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Manchester United’s setup shines as seniors help locked-down youngsters | Tanya Aldred

Club’s compassionate approach recognises that lockdown life ‘leaves a big hole’ for children ripped from their usual routinesLast Friday I had a good old-fashioned nosy at Ryan Giggs’s kitchen, close enough to check out his fancy light fittings – if on…

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My favourite game: Graham Gooch v India, Lord’s 1990

On that day, when Test triple hundreds were still extremely rare, it felt as if we were watching history in the makingI was 17. The end of the summer term had been dominated by Italia 90 and Friday nights dabbling in snakebite and black. I had little i…

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The Spin | The top cricketing reads for a long and yawning summer

With precious little, if any, cricket to look forward to, this could be just the time to catch up on some essential readingThere are only 12 days left till the non-start of the cricket season. What to do? Time – we have plenty of it after all – for a l…

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International Women’s Day is a time to recognise how far equality has come

Fairness is still a way off but, compared with the widespread disdain and leering of yesteryear, progress has been immenseThere were lots of things that frustrated me about being a little girl: not being allowed to wear trousers at school, being preven…

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England’s world-beating cricketers are suffering the curse of nation’s gilded few | Tanya Aldred

As the global football and rugby union triumphs of 1966 and 2003, and now Lord’s last year show, time is not always kindOutside, it is cinereous and damp; February creeps in without an ode to anything, least of all joy. But somewhere, surely, the Crick…

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The Spin | Drought in southern Africa means cricket must look hard in the mirror

‘I’m being sacrilegious but we need to look at artificial surfaces,’ says the Wanderers groundsman, Evan Flint, amid climate crisisEvan Flint has his feet up, at last. It is day four of the final Test between England and South Africa and, as chief grou…

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South Africa v England: fourth Test, day two – live!

Over-by-over updates from the second day in JohannesburgStokes facing disciplinary action after altercation with fanEmail Tanya with your thoughts or tweet @tjaldred 9.16am GMT 61st over: England 216-4 (Root 31, Pope 40) Pope outscoring his captain thi…

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South Africa v England: first Test, day one – live!

Live updates from the Boxing Day Test at SuperSport ParkKagiso Rabada: ‘I’m more mature now’You can get in touch with Tanya on email or on Twitter 7.23am GMT Gary Naylor is up bright and early. Happy Christmas!Do England players not have a flu jab in O…

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Villa Park’s parachuting Santa is a festive story of hope to hold on to | Tanya Aldred

Nigel Rogoff’s life changed on 13 December 1998 but the way he has triumphed over adversity since is truly inspiringThings hit you in the night like a falling stone – worry, grief, sickness, all seem worse when accompanied by darkness and the stark num…

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The Spin | The women’s ODI cricket team of the decade, from Edwards to Perry

Celebrating the metamorphosis undergone by the game, with professionalism and the rise of the limited-overs gameIn the last decade, women’s cricket has undergone a metamorphosis, unfolding its wings into unexpected corners, enthusing some of the most s…

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Cricket offers one teenage girl a way out from times of darkness | Tanya Aldred

Faizah Hashmi was being treated for anorexia but gradually her health improved, thanks in part to ‘a safe space’ at Moseley Cricket ClubOccasionally in this job, you meet someone extraordinary. And they’re not always the fastest or the strongest, their…

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New Zealand v England: fifth and final T20 international – live!

Toss at 1.10am, play to start at 2.30am (both GMT)Ian Smith: ‘That final at Lord’s will never leave me’Get in touch! Email Tanya or tweet @tjaldred 12.45am GMT So the latest is that there will be a toss at 2.10 NZ time ( 1.10am GMT) with play due to st…

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New Zealand v England: fourth T20 international – live!

Updates from the fourth T20i in NapierDenley back in the nets as Test players arriveAnd you can email Tanya here or tweet her here 5.39am GMT 8th over: England 61-2 (Morgan 2 , Malan 18) Tis a shame, Banton was looking in entertaining mood. Ah, now th…

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County cricket: Somerset v Essex title decider, day two rain delay – live!

Play resumes after rain-hit first day at TauntonCatch up with Vic Marks’s day one reportEmail Tanya, tweet or comment below the line 10.59am BST So …. Boris Johnson’s prorogation of Parliament was illegal…Lady Hale: Legality of prorogration is just…

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Somerset and Essex create thrilling climax but what is the future of county cricket? | Tanya Aldred

Winner-takes-all finale to County Championship and yet there is talk of culling counties to make way for The HundredWith autumn stepping into its strides – and conkers rolling fat and round outside the pavilion at Lord’s – cricket still has one hand to…

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County cricket: Warwickshire v Essex, Gloucestershire v Sussex and more – live!

Day four updates from Edgbaston and beyondSomerset take title-race edge with win over YorksEmail Tanya, tweet or comment below the line 10.02am BST Division One: Warwickshire 517; Essex 278-6. Essex trail by 239 runs with four wickets remaining (first …

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Shane Warne urges cricket to be proactive about climate crisis dangers

• The Hit for Six report examines the threats to cricketers• Players wearing shorts among the recommendationsShane Warne has called for cricket to be “proactive, not reactive” about the dangers the sport faces due to the climate crisis, after being sho…

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The Spin | Cricket feels heat as climate crisis creates corridor of uncertainty

New study suggests raft of possible consequences due to changing weather, from more drinks breaks to playing in shortsThis year the UK experienced its hottest winter day, its hottest Easter, its hottest day on record. That peak of 38.7C came as England…