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Peter Roebuck

Peter Roebuck 1956-2011

This website is dedicated to the memory of Peter Roebuck, the finest cricket writer and commentator of his generation.

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A Selection of Articles Written by Peter Roebuck

Bangladesh, Ireland Light up St Patrick’s Day

Mar 18, 2007: When the mighty fall they land with a thud. What a week it has been to be sure!  And what a night! India crushed by Bangladesh, Pakistan given a St Patrick’s Day drubbing by the Irish, two titans tasting the sourness of defeat within an hour of each other. Inzaman’s bedraggled troupe […]

Prepare or Perish

18 December 2010. India’s preparations for the match underway at Centurion were threadbare. No sooner had a one-day and Test series against New Zealand been completed than the players were packed onto a plane and sent to a distant continent full of hostile creatures, some of them able to aim cricket balls at their bodies […]

Time to Sack Ponting

Jan 8, 2008: Ricky Ponting must be sacked as captain of the Australian cricket team. If Cricket Australia cares a fig for the tattered reputation of our national team in our national sport it will not for a moment longer tolerate the sort of arrogant and abrasive conduct seem from the captain and his senior […]

Peter Roebuck wrote regularly for several newspapers and cricketing publications, including ESPN Cricinfo, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Hindu and The Cricketer. You can read many of his articles on this website.

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Memories and Stories of Peter Roebuck

Peter Roebuck’s family, friends and colleagues have written their memories and stories of him. Read about his time as a child, at school and university, through to his cricketing, writing and commentating career. Also included here are articles and stories written by Peter Roebuck and others for his Benefit Year Brochure at Somerset CCC in 1990. (Four random articles are shown here.)

SCCC The Great Team

Act 3 Scene 2 – The Great Team Peter bought a small house in Monkton Heathfield which became his base. It was just outside Taunton, a convenient 30 minutes’ drive from Street. He could easily slip home, and his family could easily visit him. It was also handy for the Somerset County Cricket Ground. He […]

Geoff Evans, Devon CCC

Roebuck’s Devonian service In 1991 the late Peter Roebuck retired from first-class cricket, but it turns out his playing career was not quite over – for which Devon cricket will be forever grateful. Geoff Evans, chairman of Devon CCC, remembers a golden era. Some 20 years ago, following our pre-season friendly against Somerset Seconds at Taunton […]

Waugh A Chip off the Old Blocks

by Peter Roebuck Stephen Waugh: “The eyes are cold, as if fixed on the target. All champions have that quality” Down to his bootstraps, Stephen Waugh is an Australian and a cricketer. Pinched features, durability, a contempt for fuss and a quiet sense of space speak of a gum tree in the outback. Baggy green […]

Strong in criticism but generous in praise, and always a delight to read

by Vijay Lokapally 14 November 2011. “Does he watch the first ball?” Only if he did would a young cricket scribe have attracted Peter Roebuck’s attention. “You have to watch the first ball!” was his unfailing advice to any aspiring cricket writer. Strong in his criticism but generous in his praise, Roebuck’s suicide should shock […]

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