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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 Tale of Two Captains

22 October 2008. Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Ricky Ponting might as well come from the same street, the same school, the same suburb. They emerged from the backwaters and arrived on the cricket scene with sharp minds and hardened games. As time passed, both learnt to use the right words and sometimes to think the […]

India V Australia 2003

Jan 1, 2005: Dravid and Laxman New Targets  No longer is Sachin Tendulkar the prized scalp in the Indian batting order. Given a choice of batsmen in the opposing line-up to remove cheaply, the Australians would name Rahul Dravid and V.V.S Laxman. It is quite a change because Tendulkar has been highly regarded downunder ever since […]

The Making of Mahela

23 July 2008. Since he took over the captaincy of his country, Mahela Jayawardene has so surpassed expectations that it has become necessary not merely to take a closer look at him but also at our own complacencies. Cast as a man of moments, appearances and dalliances, as a rootless stylist, a member of the […]

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.)

Why it is rare for pacemen to get into a spin

by Peter Roebuck Chris Matthews is a decent bowler. He’s taken a stack of wickets in the last two State seasons and has led the bowling in the grade-winning side. He can’t be a mug. In Brisbane this same Chris Matthews bowled some of the least distinguished overs ever delivered by a proper bowler in […]

Peter Roebuck by Jeffrey Archer

Peter Roebuck is one of those rare men who fall into the ‘Renaissance’ category. To discuss his cricket as if it were the only thing in his life would be to suggest that he is about to depart this world. Where as, I suspect, when Peter Roebuck’s half page obituary appears in The Times sometime […]

Greg Baum

Tragedy far greater than 47 all out has struck cricket, and this should be a Roebuck column. But it isn’t one, and can’t be one, and never will be one again because the tragedy is Peter Roebuck. He is dead. Two days ago, on the last morning of that bizarre Test at Newlands, he was […]

Why the captain lay down and cried

by Peter Roebuck Peter Roebuck batting. Last week, dramatically, Australia’s cricket captain resigned. His team was 2-0 down in the series, and was being outplayed by the magnificent West Indians. He had himself dropped several easy catches, and twice thrown away his wicket. And yet he did not resign because of cricket, nor because he […]

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