Month: December 2021

Joe Root. Is he the root cause of his country’s Test cricket troubles? He’s England’s best batsman, but seemingly naïve as captain about tactics and team selection, and about his batting decisions when his team’s in trouble. Painfully so.

20 December 2021 By Paul Martin

He’s ranked number one in the world for his Test cricket batting. And he’s scored more than a thousand runs more this calendar year than any other English Test batsman. But Joe Root has shown he’s naive as a captain or even, to be more blunt, foolish as a batsman. In the final overs of […]

BBC places Nigeria in ‘Southern Africa’. It’s not the first geographical blunder that this supposedly authoritative broadcaster has made recently.

7 December 2021 By Paul Martin

The BBC has made a new geographical blunder. The flagship BBC Radio 4 morning programme, Today, informed its listeners in its 6 a.m. news that Nigeria is in Southern Africa. Any glance at the map, let alone general knowledge, would have told the reporter that Nigeria, the continent’s most populous country, is way north of […]