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Fat Bastard

David Runciman: Shane Warne

15 August 2019
No Spin 
by Shane Warne.
Ebury, 411 pp., £9.99, June, 978 1 78503 785 6
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... keeping it secret. They can’t have wanted to be caught. Each of the three culprits looked distraught in the aftermath. But it does appear that they didn’t think getting caught would matter much. ShaneWarne, the quintessential Australian cricketer of his generation, considers this puzzle in his latest autobiography (at my count, his third). Once he has got his own faux outrage out of the way, he ...


Tariq Ali: The Future of Cricket

12 March 2009
... was a deep suspicion that the results had already been decided. Test cricket at its best has the qualities of an exquisitely choreographed ballet. To watch the great spin bowlers – Abdul Qadir, ShaneWarne, Muttiah Muralitharan, Anil Kumble – bowl at the same batsman for over an hour, varying each ball till they trap their victim, is to delight in their artistry. It can also be boring and ...

Cricket’s Superpowers

David Runciman: Beyond the Ashes

22 September 2005
... their arch-rivals in their own backyard (the series ended 1-1). India should have won the match against an Australian team severely weakened by the absence of the injured McGrath and the suspended ShaneWarne, but after his team scored 705 in the first innings and then bowled Australia out for 474, the Indian captain, Sourav Ganguly, perhaps mindful of Waugh’s chastening experience in Calcutta ...
15 July 1999
... The final against Australia was a sad, one-sided match. Having unwisely decided to bat, Pakistan collapsed. Its top-order batsmen could not resist the Australian attack. The middle-order crumbled. ShaneWarne may have looked unplayable, but Pakistan’s batsmen didn’t try very hard. The demoralised bowlers, feeling the game was in any case lost, failed to retrieve the situation. Wasim Akram said ...

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