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Simon Taufel tells all on his umpiring career

Simon Taufel

Simon Taufel gave up his white coat at an age when many Test match umpires have still not started their international careers which, given the universal acclaim his ability attracted, was a great pity. That said there is often a consolation to go with disappointment, and in this case it is that Taufel has more time than he might otherwise have to speak to the media, enabling us to catch up with him and chat about his career, his life and all things cricketing.


The unique challenges posed to batsmen

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Most sportspeople get the chance to immediately put their mistakes right. Nobody remembers, for example, that the tennis player who surrenders a 40-0 lead as he or she serves for their first Grand Slam title, as long as they eventually overcome their opponent. Nor is it now relevant that a striker squanders a couple of […]




Ken ‘Slasher’ Mackay is not the most exciting player Australia has produced by any means, but today’s side would probably be glad of him. In this feature, with some help from CW’s esteemed elder statesman, Martin tells his story


‘At Lord’s’


In this feature Martin goes back well over a hundred years to tell the stories of two Lancashire batsmen, an opium addict and the famous poem that binds them together