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How an Aussie quick discovered the swing

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REVERSE SWING … what is it and why does it involve cheating? Former Australian fast bowler IAN CALLEN remembers when it first became “a thing” when he was playing – and why he drew a line in the sand. More »

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Big Billy becoming a star – the fast way

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CRICKET FANS enjoy nothing more than the sight of a new fast bowler who can put the frighteners on the opposition, especially the Poms - and Australia might have found one. Chief writer RON REED and Sportshounds cricket expert IAN CALLEN report. More »

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England’s pace attack has a few question marks

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ENGLAND HAVE not yet named their team for the Ashes and cricket expert IAN CALLEN – himself a former Test fast bowler – is wondering whether they have a surprise weapon among their all-important but ageing pace bowling artillery: AUSTRALIA’S LOSS of the Ashes ... More »

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Bat too good for the ball in women’s cricket

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FORMER FAST bowler IAN CALLEN is an admirer of the batting abilities being demonstrated at the women’s World Cup but says there is work to be done on the bowling. The women’s cricket World Cup has entered the semi final stages  – Australia plays India after En... More »

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Time for cricket’s real owners to get a voice

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AS THE GREAT cricket pay war rumbles on with no sign of resolution, former player IAN CALLEN goes into bat for the pawns in the game, the multitude of players and supporters at grassroots level: CLUB cricket at all levels has been my lifelong passion as a play... More »

Young Punjabis pack a punch

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Former fast bowler IAN CALLEN identifies one of the secrets of Pakistan’s most recent triumph – they’re not afraid to give young talent a go: AT THE FOOT of the Himalayas lies “the Punjab”, the land of five rivers which makes it the most productive region of t... More »