A two-day shootout: India v England, 3rd Test review

A two-day shootout: India v England, 3rd Test reviewA two-day shootout: India v England, 3rd Test review

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We discuss the third Test between India and England in Chennai Talking Points: Where did this pitch stand in the Premadasa-Sabina scale? The importance of consistent bounce in the ICC evaluation system England’s misreading of the pitch and the selection of one specialist spinner Don’t India have enough of an


An unquiet history: an interview with writer Osman SamiuddinAn unquiet history: an interview with writer Osman Samiuddin

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Our special guest this week is Osman Samiuddin, a senior editor at ESPNcricinfo and author of The Unquiet Ones: A History of Pakistan Cricket.  One of the finest contemporary cricket writers, Osman has had a ring-side view of the triumphs and disappointments of Pakistan cricket over the last two decades. His


Ashwin’s triumph in Chepauk: India v England, 2nd Test review

Ashwin’s triumph in Chepauk: India v England, 2nd Test reviewAshwin’s triumph in Chepauk: India v England, 2nd Test review

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We discuss the second Test between India and England in Chennai Talking Points: Was there anything wrong with the pitch? How Rohit Sharma tackled the tricky surface England’s rotation policy – and would they have followed this during the Ashes? R Ashwin’s glorious home Test in front of an adoring


It takes all sorts

The theatre of spinThe theatre of spin

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By Siddhartha Vaidyanathan I grew up at a time when India won (nearly) every Test at home and lost (nearly) every Test abroad. The phrases that punctuated newspaper reports back then: ‘designer pitches’, ‘underprepared pitches’ and ‘doctored pitches’. The players were ‘tigers at home, lambs abroad’, prospering on tracks they


When Cook and Co. did the unthinkable – England’s tour to India in 2012-13

When Cook and Co. did the unthinkable – England in India 2012-13When Cook and Co. did the unthinkable – England in India 2012-13

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Click here to support 81allout on Ko-Fi   In this episode, we look back to England’s tour to India in 2012-13. England had not won a series in India since 1984-85 and they began the tour as underdogs – especially after a heavy defeat in the first Test in Ahmedabad. The