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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

Twelve Years After

29 October 2008. Memories of Australia’s last Test match at Kotla are hazier than the smog that holds the capital city in its grip. Certain things linger in the mind: the result, a catch, an opening batsman’s fate, two trenchant innings, and a wonderfully innovative and sustained piece of cricket writing, but all else has […]

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 […]

Shoaib the Imposter

Mar 2, 2007: Enough is enough. Shoaib Akhtar does not belong on a cricket field anywhere let alone as a participant in the forthcoming World Cup. An impostor whose reputation relies upon a handful of bursts spread over a career lasting a decade, he has been more trouble than he is worth. No captain, no […]

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.)

The odds are a bumper will kill

by Peter Roebuck Hump ’em down and keep ’em short, It’s the essence of the sport; Bowl ’em very fast and short; Make ’em bump, and that’s the sort; Hit him body, head or wicket, Tis the soul of Modern Cricket, And if he tries to score from you, He’s certain to be caught. For […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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