• Even those who still hold reservations about the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS), would I hope be convinced following the unhappy events in the England - Bangladesh series that even with its flaws the system should be enforced in all Test matches.


    As one who has enthusiastically backed the system, I fail to understand the reluctance of some teams not to adopt it even after the ICC gave the green signal last June. Admittedly the system - which gives players the opportunity to request a review by the third umpire of a decision made by the on-field umpire they believed was wrong - has not been without its controversial aspects and has muddied the waters in several instances. 


    But as ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat himself a keen votary of the system has maintained the protocols were clear, perhaps the application was not so good. In any case, the UDRS in the ultimate analysis will make cricket more error-free and who would not want that?  It would for all its faults reduce

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  • Steven Finn is a terrific talent who I believe will make a huge impact in the upcoming season in England and for many years to come.


    It is clear to me that both Ryan Sidebottom and Steve Harmison will not be returning to represent their country, and that leaves the likes of Finn with a tremendous opportunity to establish themselves as the future.


    After working with the Middlesex paceman at close quarters with the England Lions, it is apparent that there are few cricketers who work harder at their game, and I was pleased to see him given his Test debut in Chittagong.


    Finn has genuine, searing pace and the height to extract real bounce out of even the most placid of pitches - there is no doubt in my mind that he will excel this summer in English conditions.


    He is just 20 years old, but he has already acquired a good grasp of his game, and that includes having learnt how to swing the ball at pace.


    I thought he coped admirably in extremely unhelpful conditions in Chittagong with

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  • The last fortnight has proved that there are no real favourites in the IPL because every team has the ability and the players to beat any other side. For example, Rajasthan Royals beat an in-form Deccan Chargers the other night to take significant strides up the points table. Since no one team has really forged ahead, it would take a brave man to predict the semifinal line-up at this point.


    I landed in Delhi on Thursday, the day Delhi Daredevils registered an impressive win against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Bangalore. I started training with the team on Saturday, and it's great to be back with my old mates once again.


    It's wonderful that we have won a game after a bit of a rough patch, and judging by the mood in the side, the win against a form side like Bangalore has lifted everybody's spirits and instilled confidence in the group as we look ahead.


    We now come up against Kolkata Knight Riders, who would be boosted by their comfortable win against Kings XI Punjab on

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