Dennis Freedman
Dennis Freedman
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articles by Dennis Freedman

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India vs Pakistan: Vijay Goel obstructing bilateral series suggests his moral compass is broken

Vijay Goel's view is that Pakistan is somehow sponsoring terrorism in India and while that continues, there will be no cricket. Even if this stance is correct, which if you remove the propaganda is difficult to corroborate, then the position is still ridiculous.

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Wisden cricketers of the year: Here's why the awards are becoming increasingly meaningless

The 2016 Wisden Cricketers Of The Year needs renaming. It should become "The Wisden Last Men Standing Who Probably Played One Decent Innings Through The Summer"

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World T20, first semi-final: New Zealand made a huge mistake in sticking to same line-up against England; they had no Plan B

It has been a strong couple of ICC tournaments for New Zealand. A World Cup final and a World Twenty20 semi-final. One senses that the ODI result was a fair reflection of where they were at.

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Any all-rounder can take up Shane Watson's role, but it’ll be quite difficult to replicate his impact

Australia have a flood of all rounders. But do any of these give the same sense of security that the name Shane Watson gave? Not yet they don’t.

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World T20: Undefeated run into semi-final proves New Zealand aren't the flashiest, but the smartest team around

If New Zealand were a mate of yours, they’d be the one that nobody can quite pigeon hole. Not quite the extrovert, or even non-offensive. Instead, they know that quirkiness, wit and willingness to be a little risqué make them appealing to many at the risk of offending some

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World T20: If New Zealand can sort out their batting order, they could just take the trophy home

142 was well below a winning score for most teams. That it was defended is both a compliment to New Zealand and an indictment on Australia.

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ICC World T20: New Zealand is small, but at Nagpur, they made India play the role of Tibet as China invaded

There are only 100,000 registered cricket players in New Zealand. That number includes men, women and children. It encompasses Sunday cricketers, those that have registered but don't play and Under 12s.

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Stop cribbing about Associates getting a raw deal, ICC World T20 structure is just fine

Label it whatever you like. At the end of the day, the Associates are all in India, at the same time as the Full Members, playing televised matches. Objectively, you could argue that every round is a qualifier until you reach the final. The ICC World Twenty20 structure is just fine.

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World T20 Preview: Ad hocism, poor planning and illogical selection policy leave Australia with little chance

Australia have the ability to create the Big Bash and turn it into a roaring success. Yet until last week, the national team hadn't won a T20I for something close to 450 days

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The sheer joy of interacting with Martin Crowe: A pioneer, family man and a fighter

Like many Australians of my generation, I had vivid memories of Martin Crowe as a player. The Kiwis tormented us with three players in the 80's. Richard Hadlee, Andrew Jones and bloody Marty.

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Baz signs off in his typical style: The day Brendon McCullum broke the laws of Mathematics

Bowling to Brendon McCullum when he decides to embark on blitzkrieg must be daunting. Giving him a life because you couldn't keep just a tiny amount of your foot behind the line is criminal.

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ICC World T20 2016: Here's why Australia don't stand a chance to lift the elusive trophy

It's not hard to see why Australia are usually the darling of the cricketing world. Yet somehow, Australian selectors just can't get their heads around T20.

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Disaster Down Under: West Indies cricket is broken, but who is to blame?

Every change the West Indies make will be meaningless and superficial until they let go of the power-broker politics and embrace socialism. For that is the only model that works in sport.

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Mohammad Amir can continue on with life, but not with cricket; the sport owes him nothing

Mohammad Amir, who was convicted in a UK court of spot fixing, and for his crimes spent time in Portland Young Offenders Institute in Dorset, must not be allowed back in the fold.

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India swatted South Africa at home, but did they do enough to be world no 2 in Test cricket?

India swatted South Africa, the world no 1 Test side, at home and rose to world no 2 ranking. But do they really deserve to be world no 2? Have they done enough?

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Forget the pink ball: Four day Tests are coming, and it's like a brothel in place of a proud institution

This week, Cricket Australia delivered its own act of irreverence towards Test cricket by dropping a proverbial bomb on unsuspecting conservative cricket fans.

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Politics? Security issues? Here's really why India refuses to play Pakistan in UAE

The BCCI has offered the PCB adequate compensation to ensure no financial losses. There is clearly a genuine desire from the Indians to start playing their neighbours again.

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Mitchell Johnson won't be bowling to the left or the right anymore

He bowls to the left, he bowls to the right, Mitchell Johnson bowls shite. Well, not anymore.

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Thank you, Mr Srinivasan, for being so perfectly villainous

Imagine a situation where Srinivasan didn't act so autocratically but was still achieving poor outcomes for the game.

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An ode to Viru: Sehwag was a creature of evolution, not revolution

Without guys like Sehwag demonstrating what flair with the bat really meant, T20 may not have been born.