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A thousand runs in May – can cricket’s mystical milestone be reached once more?

By Richard Thomas, Associate Professor, Journalism, Swansea University
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For most old-school cricket traditionalists the new competition being foisted on them this summer – The Hundred – has only one redeeming feature. To make space for the new game, the season has been front-loaded with more traditional four-day county championship games, meaning a hectic schedule of first-class cricket in April and May before the shorter-form matches. Consequently, this year fans might see something not seen for over three decades – a batsman scoring 1,000 first-class runs before the end of May.

The cricket world likes to mark achievements in multiples of fives and tens:…

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