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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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The Somerset Affair

Somerset Affair

1986 And All That

A Selection of Articles Written by Peter Roebuck

A Short-sighted Decision by India

12 June, 2010. India’s decision not to send a team to the Asian Games soon to get underway in China is short-sighted. Here was a rare opportunity for the two great and growing powers of the sporting and wider world to join forces on a cricket field. And it was spurned. China worked hard, built […]

Champions League could Renew Optimism

11 September 2010. Thankfully cricket is back. Everyone has had enough of the scandals. Cricket is at the mercy of its players and administrators. It is a glorious game that can be spoilt only by its supposed stewards. Selfishness is the enemy. Cricket’s creed includes the notion that team and game come before the individual. […]

The Man Who Played his Part

6 Aug 2008. Michael Vaughan produced a rousing England side that for several years played some spirited cricket, culminating in one exhilarating and exhausting campaign. Then he suffered as his team omitted to build upon its breakthrough. Frustrated by injury and weakened by the loss of important players, Vaughan ran out of runs and inspiration. […]

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.)

Roebuck’s the only man who can lead England

by Ray Illingworth There’s only one person in the country capable of leading England against the West Indies this winter… and that’s Peter Roebuck. The Somerset opener is the player to replace David Gower. He alone has the ability to turn back the clock and help re-establish English cricket among the world’s best. I’m not […]

Rupert Pocock

by Keith Fletcher OBE   Despite being regarded as one of County Cricket’s most successful Captains, I must admit to one of my major failings; the inability to remember people’s names! The occasions that I have had the Essex lads in stitches have been numerous and one such occasion was in the mid-seventies when we […]

A Cricketer’s Lot

by Peter Roebuck It will not have escaped your notice that cricket bears a stark similarity to life, birth, life, death; the dread cycle becomes in, innings, out. A fellow’s professional career predicts his life as his style at the crease reveals his character. I should know, I’ve been at it these 16 years. As […]

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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