Column > Michael Roberts

January 22, 2013 - 17:02
Weave, duck, pull, duck, weave, glide, duck, whatever
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When coach Graham Ford told the media that the Sri Lankan squad had trained hard and had regular chats about their tasks, one has no reason to doubt him. But the fact remains that Sri Lanka’s batting has been abysmal at times. This feature cropped up again during their ODI victory at the Gabba, with Tillakaratne Dilshan’s misjudgement of bounce and the manner in which Angelo Matthews and Jeevan Mendis got bounced out serving as further evidence of a serious malady. Such shortcomings suggest a failure to prepare adequately for Australian pitches. In brief, just as one chooses horses for courses, one should practice for courses.

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August 15, 2012 - 07:56
The Mannar Premier League and the Star Eagles
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Over the past 18 months or so I have been brought into contact with the individual initiative of Jeremy Liyanage of Melbourne in sponsoring a community development programme in Mannar town and Mannar island.

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March 21, 2012 - 14:56
Exploring reader opinions, an addendum
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An addendum to my previous column 'DRS - India's hegemonic idiocy'.

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February 19, 2012 - 10:36
DRS - India's hegemonic idiocy
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When a person admired for qualities of sense, sensibility and intelligence adopts a position on a critical issue that is the height of irrationality and imbecility, it is both alarming and disconcerting. Such becomes the case for Mahendra Singh Dhoni when he reiterated India’s opposition to the fuller use of the DRS technology in adjudication.

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February 18, 2012 - 01:02
If only - the run or two that made the difference
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The Commonwealth Bank Tri Series has produced a remarkable series of coruscating and nerve-tingling finishes in a row.

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February 16, 2012 - 10:42
No baloney from praiseworthy Dhoni
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Many cricket fans would continue to marvel at the coolness and authority displayed by Mahendra Singh Dhoni in crunch situations at the end of tense ODI matches. But let me highlight and praise Dhoni’s balanced commentary in reviewing India’s performances and unfortunate moments after a match is over. His equanimity and reasonableness is praiseworthy.

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February 1, 2012 - 12:55
Incursions and Excursions in and around Sri Lankan Cricket
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This presentation of my book 'Incursions and Excursions in and around Sri Lankan Cricket' occurred at the R. Premadasa Stadium last year, during the World Cup 2011 squad’s practice session.

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