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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

The Unbreakable South African

29 January 2009. Humble, resilient, modest and unflappable, Hashim Amla has overcome plenty and emerged the better for it. Hashim Amla counts amongst the most serene of cricketers. Nothing seems to ruffle him. Along the way both life and cricket have tried to disturb his tranquility, only to be met with a mild smile and […]

Dhoni Plays it Straight

12 November 2008. Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a forthright, straightforward cricketer unburdened by the baggage that generally accompanies a man onto the field, thereby restricting his outlook. At once he is intelligent and simple, aggressive and canny, tough and respectful. He did not come to cricket as a youthful dreamer but as a young street […]

Daunting Task Ahead of Dhoni

12 February 2011. Mahendra Singh Dhoni has an immense task on his hands. Of course it is only a sporting task and not to be compared to clearing up Brazil after floods or Queensland after a cyclone. However, the challenge is not to be underestimated. Emotions are going to be pitched high. On paper India’s […]

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.)

Nick Ralston

Colleagues remember Roebuck as a great entertainer, commentator and crusader. It was the type of low-key occasion, his close confidantes say, that Peter Roebuck would have wanted. “Those of us who knew Peter well knew how he hated events, hated the elaborate, the superficial,” said Mike Coward, who sat alongside Roebuck in press boxes at […]

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 […]

Cricket’s public voice and private man

by Malcolm Knox. Peter Roebuck was much more than a sports commentator. Vivian Richards said Peter Roebuck’s personality was like “a country house with fierce dogs outside” – beautiful, unique, but well guarded. As young men, the great West Indian and the bespectacled Cambridge graduate roomed together while playing for Somerset. They talked politics, race […]

The Roebuck File (1990)

Taken from Peter Roebuck’s Benefit Year Brochure in 1990 when he was playing for Somerset County Cricket Club, here are facts about Peter Roebuck’s career to that date.  

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