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ESPNcricinfo: A Year Laced With Disappointment

Didn’t quite go as predicted, did it? Whilst Nostradamus has never truly threatened to dislodge Paul as my middle name, I had approached the season with the blind optimism of a bespectacled maths nerd with an unfortunate facial complexion inviting the class hottie out for a date. A county boasting such strength in depth as Warwickshire would find it difficult to finish outside of the top one; of that I was almost certain. Others of greater renown held a similar opinion.

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Sep 9

ESPNcricinfo: Top Three is Top Priority

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, one of the five Fireside Poets, once said “into each life some rain must fall.” It is rumoured, without testimony I hasten to add, that Longfellow continued “but into each cricket ground where Warwickshire County Cricket Club are playing, and particularly if victory is all but assured, a deluge to make even Gene Kelly hastily seek shelter must intervene.”

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ESPNcricinfo: Warks Dream of Title Defence Turnaround

How quickly things change in Championship cricket. Mere weeks after being firmly encamped within the drop zone, Warwickshire might well have commenced what would be the single most effort-laden turnaround since Ian Blackwell was last sent back by his partner upon attempting a tight single.

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ESPNcricinfo: Time For Champions to Show Some Adventure

I have been somewhat ambivalent toward Warwickshire’s season. It just hasn’t quite got going, has it? Then Guildford happened (more of that later), at which point I became as aggravated as a vertically challenged Australian opener furiously attempting to swat a bandy-legged youth donning a false beard.

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ESPNcricinfo: Bears Look to Conceal Soft Underbelly

Amid effusive praise for Warwickshire in the aftermath of a glorious 2012, pre-season murmurings of blasphemous dissent began to emanate from supporters around the counties - a fad that picked up pace faster than Suresh Raina’s heart rate in the face of short pitched bowling.

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Deep Extra Cover: Warwickshire Quicks Wright on the Money

In what could have been a DVD re-run of many a victory last year, a batting order with depth not dissimilar to the Mariana Trench helped rescue Warwickshire from what was a precarious position early yesterday afternoon to post an imposing target, before relentless seam bowling sealed an emphatic 318 run victory over a hapless Durham.

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The Wisden Five - A Flawed Selection?

The Wisden Five. Not if Chris Martin were asked to open a New Zealand innings against South Africa would a greater selection furore ensue in the cricketing world. Based solely on the previous English summer, Wisden’s Cricketers of the Year are annually chosen at the discretion of the Editor – currently Lawrence Booth.

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Apr 4

ESPNcricinfo: Consecutive Titles is a Distinct Possibility

Oscar Wilde once coined the phrase “consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative”. For all of Wilde’s undoubted wisdom, it is a notion that Warwickshire - through inelaborate yet ruthlessly proficient cricket - impugned and ultimately denounced in a Championship winning 2012.

With the appointment of former assistant coach Dougie Brown as director of cricket in wake of Ashley Giles’ England summons, and the dual promotion of esteemed bowling coach Graeme Welch to Assistant Coach and Tony Frost to full-time batting coach, the Bears intend to demonstrate that consistency is indeed the greatest bastion of success.

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England at Sixes and Sevens

Take that fiercely impassioned South African pride with a truckload of salt. For all of their AB de Villiers bluster (and de Villiers is a magnificent cricketer, this is no slight against him), England’s Matthew Prior is the finest wicketkeeper-batsman in Test cricket today and, quite possibly, since the nonpareil Adam Gilchrist hung up the gloves.

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Enjoy MS Dhoni, India

“Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone.” I’m reasonably sure that Joni Mitchell wasn’t referring to Mahendra Singh Dhoni when she penned those lyrics for her song ‘Big Yellow Taxi’, but the sentiment remains.

Any individual captaining their nation is subject to pressure and expectation, only when that individual is MS Dhoni, captain of world cricket leviathan India, that same pressure and expectation takes weapons grade steroids as a means of carrying its one billion passengers. Violent mood swings are a capricious side effect. 

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