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About Tom Hollingworth

Tom Hollingsworth is a former deputy sports editor of the Daily Express. For many years he worked in a sports agency, representing mainly football players and motor racing drivers. Tom holds a private pilot’s licence and flying is his principal recreation. More Posts

Jefra Archer

Reading Simon Heffer’s views in the Telegraph over the decision to shorten the residency qualification for Sussex speedster Jofra Archer, I think that his trenchant right-wing voice got in the way of the facts. The ECB has only brought the qualification period in line with that of the the [...]

December 6, 2018 // 0 Comments

The final day

In the end the 57 run victory was comfortable, giving England their first series away win since South Africa in 2016 after 4-0 thrashings in India and Australia – but what have we learned from the Tour? 1) This is powerful and talented England team which can afford to omit Jonny Bairstow, [...]

November 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

First day at Kandy

It was England’s day but the supremacy was not easily achieved. Of the first seven in the order, only two scored more runs twenty (Rory Burns  and Josh Buttler) and a score nearer 200 than 300 looked likely. Sam Curran was the hero of the hour. He has scored more sixes than anyone in Test [...]

November 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

Well, WADA you know …?

The Rust’s hard line on the use of performance-enhancing drugs is sport is well known. After a number of athletes have come out in the media criticising WADA’s support for Russia returning to international competition despite not having complied fully (or perhaps even at all) with the [...]

November 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

Day three

I was pleased to join the National Rusters flying in on the red-eye. I joined Duggie for breakfast. With us were the normal assortment of cricket tourists wearing some form of T-shirt advertising their tour or football club. They tucked into the copious buffet with some gusto. There was so much [...]

November 8, 2018 // 0 Comments

From here it’s downhill all the way

On the sports desk of the Rust we regularly feature pieces about the ‘way things work’ (both political and realpolitik), corruption, oddities and commercial drivers of world sporting/administrative bodies, so I need make no apologies for referring our readers to a compelling piece by [...]

November 6, 2018 // 0 Comments

I don’t BELIEVE it

We learned today that Wayne Rooney – who retired from international football before the World Cup – is to return to the England set-up as captain for a one-off friendly match against the USA at Wembley. This is a total travesty in my humble opinion. International squads should surely [...]

November 5, 2018 // 0 Comments

Well, whaddya know?

We all accept that world sporting bodies – just like national governments – have to spend a great deal of their time treading a balance between principle and practicality. Whether it is better to ‘play ball’ with pariahs in the hope that exposure to the rest of us will [...]

November 2, 2018 // 0 Comments

Reflections of a couch potato

Yesterday I spent most of the day watching golf and soccer on the tv. I started in the early hours with the CT Cup in Nine Bridges, Jeju Island, South Korea – a USPGA Tour event but part of the South East Asia swing. I have never been to South Korea but over the last year or so have had a few [...]

October 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

The future of the sporting world

In a rare moment of contemplation beyond my sporting remit yesterday I spent an idle hour considering the future of the world. My musings covered such minor issues as the general rush of technological advancement, the global media village, instant gratification, the incessant commercialisation of [...]

October 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

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