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England have the original Ashes, but the alternative Ashes can’t be won until November

A few years ago, I came up with the concept of the Alternative Ashes, effectively a linear championship of Test cricket, looking at what would have happened if every cricketing nation played for the Ashes rather than just England and Australia. The rules…

Sporting parallels, from Leeds to Nottingham

It’s an Ashes series, and one side appears to be spectacularly out of form. Their first innings has been a very bad performance where the opposition’s “seamers had shown what could be done by bowling straighter and to a fuller length than their…

A tale of two conferences and cricket championships #ldconf

One of my abiding memories of the Liberal Democrat special conference that approved the coalition deal was the journey back from it. My phone had only a small amount of charge left and I was desperately trying to eke it out as I…

Worth Reading 162: A season of baseball

Philip K. Dick was right: we are becoming androids – “The deep problem, for Dick, wasn’t that mechanisms might become more manlike. It’s that men might be reduced to mechanisms.” Why I Just Cancelled My Direct Debit To The Electoral Reform Society –…

An apology

There occasionally comes to every long term blogger a time when you realise that you’e made a huge and colossal mistake. Not a simple error that’s easily edited away or corrected before anyone can notice, but a massive mistake of judgement that would…

To win is to lose: perverse incentives in the Cricket World Cup #cwc2015

The surprising results that have happened in Group B mean that the losers of crucial games in Group A could get easier quarter-final games than the winners. Let me explain why. Group B has been the more interesting half of the draw in…

England are a long way from going out of the Cricket World Cup

I’m old enough to remember the last time the World Cup was held in Australia and New Zealand. 1992 was my first year at university, and I remember sitting around late at night listening to games with my housemates. One game in particular…

The Ashes are back in Australia

Going back over my old blog posts, I’m reminded that I created the ‘alternative Ashes’, tracking where the trophy would be if every Test cricketing nation was allowed to compete for them, not just England and Australia. In our last update, the Ashes…

Updating the alternative Ashes

Back in January 2011, I looked at what would have happened if cricket’s Ashes weren’t restricted to being won by Australia and England. As much cricket has been played since that time, I thought it was time for an update to see what…

Corrections and clarifications

It has come to my attention that I made a couple of typos in my predictions for 2011 post. These occur in prediction 2 where, obviously infected by Ashes fever, I typed ‘cricket’ when I meant ‘rugby’ and ‘India’ when I meant ‘New…

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