Tom Fordyce

Chief sports writer

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About Tom

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With cricket, rugby, athletics and tennis among the sports he covers, he provides insight and commentary into the characters, stories and big events that make the sporting world go round.

He has covered Olympic Games, World Championships, rugby World Cups and Ashes tours home and away, as well as the Ryder Cup and multiple Wimbledons.

Winner of Sports Blogger of the Year, he is an amateur sportsman of minimal note but was recently included in the UK Press Gazette's list of the top 50 UK sports journalists.

Jason Roy

'England’s batting is like a Rubik’s cube in the hands of a novice'

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A second day at Lord's that was a first day and a troubling one for England that ended with a thrill: Jofra Archer, unleashed in Test cricket for the first time; Australia limping to 30-1, still 228 runs behind.

Archer brings excitement. Archer brings hope, and maybe more expectation than is fair for a man at the start of his international career.

Joe Root looks dejected

'Australia thrashing England? It's like we're back in the 1990s'

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There is a nightclub on Broad Street in Birmingham that plays tunes from 30 years ago in decor from 30 years ago while people in pastiche 30-year-old clothing enjoy it all with a knowing air.

On Monday it felt as if The Reflex had opened a pop-up branch a few miles down the road at Edgbaston. Everything was on point: cackling Australian bowlers rampant, England top-order batsmen spending less time at the crease than those Australian bowlers had when they were batting, a half-empty stadium on a Monday in high summer when going into work instead suddenly looked the better option.

Steve Smith

'Smith bats like an evil spell cast upon his opponents'

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So at last we know the fatal flaw in Steve Smith's batting: he keeps getting out in the 140s.

There were points on a humid, enervating Sunday at Edgbaston when Smith was doing all the Steve Smith things he'd been doing on Thursday - flicking deliveries from outside off to hidden holes in the leg side, leaving others alone like a man fighting wasps, berating himself for some invisible fault in his display - and then doing something more devastating yet: sucking the life out of the England team, then the stands, then their supporters far beyond.

Rory Burns

'Burns cracks the curse of the England opener'

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There have been a few epic curses in English sport. For a long time it was penalty shootouts. For a while longer it may be home-grown Open winners.

Very little has compared to the hunt for opening batsmen for the Test team. So drawn out and fruitless was the search for a successor for Andrew Strauss that the man he left high and dry decided to retire himself.

Steve Smith

'Smith deserves his second chance'

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A year and a half ago, the idea of Steve Smith scoring a century for Australia in the opening Test of this Ashes series would have come as a surprise to no-one.

Aussie captain, their best batsman by a mile, a century in four of his last six Tests against England. A man at the peak of his powers, averaging 56 against the old enemy, averaging 70 in his past three years of Test cricket.

England captain Eoin Morgan (left) and vice-captain Jos Buttler (right) smile as Buttler holds up the World Cup trophy

England delight in champagne super over

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On a grey Sunday evening the sun came out at Lord's and the golden hour came.

When you love sport, you understand how it can take you to places little else can. You could watch it all your life and never quite fathom what happened between 6.30 and 7.30pm in two sun-kissed rectangles of grass seven or so miles apart across England's capital city.

Kane Williamson consoles Virat Kohli after the World Cup semi-final

How Williamson has inspired New Zealand

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Of all the logical explanations you can find for the illogical progress of New Zealand to the final of the Cricket World Cup, nothing is as persuasive as their skipper Kane Williamson.

Persuasive is precisely what Williamson is, because in a tournament that was supposed to be about big hitting and blockbuster totals he has been the unassuming conductor of its gentle low-fi reality.

Jofra Archer celebrates with Ben Stokes

'Chest-beating England can go all the way'

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English sporting semi-finals have not been happy experiences in the past 12 months. Too much heartbreak, too many what-ifs, too many next times.

The only what-ifs at Edgbaston were what England might have scored had they batted their full 50 overs. The heartbreak was all Australian. The next time is a World Cup final at Lord's on Sunday.

Jonny Bairstow celebrates his century against New Zealand

'Bairstow brings the noise - and the bedlam - as England power into semi-finals'

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Panic over, for now. As one English sporting team exit at the semi-final stage of one World Cup, a second has fought its way into the last four of another.

The knockout stages of this cricket World Cup do not technically begin until next week, yet England find themselves inadvertently ahead of the game.