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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

Opening Ceremony Surpasses Expectations

19 February 2011. The decision to sack the Associates from the 2015 tournament counts amongst the worst taken by any sport. Forty years ago George Harrison organised a concert for Bangladesh. Bob Dylan and Ravi Shankar played, and the Indian maestro teased his American audience by saying that since they liked his tuning up so […]

The Impact of an India-Australia Brand

2 October 2010. As part of the deal whereby they secured an interest in the Champions League, the Australians promised to visit these shores once a year. Accordingly, Ricky Ponting has brought his team along for this curious little series. India and Australia need to take care not to turn an epic into a soap […]

What is Wrong with the English?

28 June 2008. At no point in the last 50 years has the country that invented the game stood at the top of the rankings. They have only themselves to blame. Kevin Pietersen’s nomination as captain of the England side confirms that the game in the land of its origin has come to a pretty […]

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.)

Attic Pastimes

Act 2 Scene 2 – Attic Pastimes TIME PERIOD:  Peter 14 – 20 years; Paul 8-14 years. During this period I was at my closest to Peter. I recall endless hours together in his attic at the top of the house. We would finish family tea at 6.30 pm, and I would wait in my […]

Peter, we’ll remember the good we knew

By Peter FitzSimons, 19 November 2011.  AND when the days grow cold, and we grow old, what then will we say of Peter Roebuck? Most obviously that he was a very fine writer, and that the manner of his death was an unspeakable, unfathomable tragedy. But what of the man himself? Most of the commentary this […]

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 […]

Roebuck the Demon Bowler

by Peter Roebuck Towards the end of May Somerset cricketers sat around in their dressing room awaiting the team talk which was to be delivered by Mr Christopher Tavaré, a monkish fellow who had earlier in his career served as a model for the painter Mr Lowry. This Tavaré was regarded as a pretty sane […]

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