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About Douglas Heath

Douglas Heath began his lifelong love affair with cricket as an 8 year-old schoolboy playing OWZAT? Whilst listening to a 160s Ashes series on the radio. He later became half-decent at doing John Arlott impressions and is a member of Middlesex County Cricket Club. He holds no truck at all with the T20 version on the game. More Posts

The ODIs – what have we learned

The third ODI at Pune yesterday was an enthralling match – the best live sport over the weekend – and what have we learned? When T20 began to grow in prominence some predicted that the 50 over game would be the victim. It had the kudos of being the World Cup and the 2019 final between [...]

March 29, 2021 // 0 Comments

Talking cricket/an inspiring generation

On Tuesday evening, on Sky Sports, I was preparing to watch the Champions League when I saw a programme presented by Charles Colville called Talking Cricket. It featured those black cricketers who over 40 years ago made the breakthrough of playing for England – guys like Roland Butcher and [...]

March 18, 2021 // 0 Comments

Thoughts on the Fourth Test

No doubt the papers will castigate England for this comprehensive defeat. My mind goes back to 2017 in Mumbai and watching the bedraggled Barmy Army making their way along the coastal pavement after India and Ravi Ashwin had spun us out. I had expected another 4-0 defeat in this series. India have [...]

March 7, 2021 // 0 Comments

Third Test – random thoughts.

Losing a Test in two days is certain to attract castigation in the media. Michael Vaughan, who seems to have taken over from Geoff Boycott as trenchant critic-in- chief, led the charge after the first day. However certain points were not made by him. Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad failed to take a [...]

February 27, 2021 // 0 Comments

Thoughts on the Second Test

The reports will surely headline the manner of England’s defeat (317 runs), a dusty spinning wicket that was already deteriorating on day two, Ravi Ashwin scoring a century and taking 8 wickets or the decision of Mooen Ali to miss the final two Tests but I’m going to feature in today’s [...]

February 17, 2021 // 0 Comments

Thoughts on the 1st India v England Test

I may well be disproved wrong by the time you read this but England look set for at least a draw and possibly a win at Chennai. To win in India is at tough as it gets. It used to be the West Indies, then Australia but now the sub-continent is the most demanding examination of tests. Much has been [...]

February 8, 2021 // 0 Comments

In praise of Sri Lanka

Amidst all the hoopla of a two win victory, Joe Root’s batting feats and Jimmy Andersen taking 6 wickets in one innings, only Steve James in The Times and  James Milton in The Racing Post have noted the emergence of that continuing line of Sri Lankan spin bowlers from Muri to Hersth – who [...]

January 26, 2021 // 0 Comments

Sweet memories

The other night I could not get to sleep. Rather than count sheep I tried to recall the great Warwickshire side of the late sixties. Most of the team came back to me this side of consciousness: Bob Barber, Billy Ibadulla, John Jameson, the two Smiths (A.C. and M.J.K.), Tom Cartwright, David Brown, [...]

January 24, 2021 // 0 Comments

TMS is back

For those of us who wake up a few hours earlier than we might wish the return of Test Match Special to cover the first test of Sri Lanka v England at Galle is a great boon. The commentators are not actually there. Jonathan Agnew is in his attic, Ebony Raynsford Brent in her front room, Andy [...]

January 15, 2021 // 0 Comments

Newlands nostalgia

Watching England’s victory in the T20 yesterday brought back memories of my five trips to the Cape. I first went in 1995, the tour  Mike Atherton captained. It’s remembered for his stoic effort at Joburg’s Wanderers in the second Test when he stood up to a peppering from AA Donald and a [...]

November 28, 2020 // 0 Comments

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