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Jon Coates Columns
Jon Coates
ICC delays makes marketing games impossible
The ICC does seem to be dragging its feet over when exactly the second tier of world cricket will reopen for business.
Scotland lose in thriller
Jon Coates reflects on the Scotland Afghanistan match which the Scots lost in a tense finale.
Scotland lost to New Zealand
Whatmakes cricket so enduringly endearing is the fact it can baffle not only those who cast a casual glance in its direction but also those tragic anoraks who have been watching it all their lives.
Scotland ready to deliver on world stage
Scottish cricket on verge of rising to the next level at next month's World Cup.
Did Roddy Smith pass or fail?
Sports journalists whistle as they work because one day, if they play their cards right, a powerful club or governing authority might see fit to ban them from a stadium.
Scotland put belief in science
THE last three men to coach Scotland have all been believers in the creed that cricket matches can be won by adherence to modern performance theory.
Return to Ardencaple
Julian Rey, lynchpin of Helensburgh CC, on trying to keep a club afloat in a town with a transient population.
Reality check for Scotland
After their defeat to England at Mannofield Scotland now realise the standards they will have to achieve in the World Cup in New Zealand next year.
Bradburn appointed as Wright overlooked
The widespread expectation was that Craig Wright would be the first Scot to take full-time charge of the national team.
MacLeod reinvents himself
Calum MacLeod has reinvented himself as a batsman and is now reaping the rewards of his dedication.
Paul Collingwood interview
This winter has opened the Durham captain's eyes to a breed of cricketer and brand of cricket he did not know existed.
A saviour is born
Jon Coates on the inspirational displays of Calum MacLeod who is leading Scotland to the Promised Land of the 2015 World Cup.
Who exactly is in charge?
Paul Collingwood and Craig Wright are handed interim charge of Scotland's national cricket team.
Scotland set to end World Cup exile?
In the next two days we will find out whether Scotland have ended a four-year exile from major tournaments and qualified for the World Twenty20 finals in Bangladesh next year.
Winter test for Collingwood
Whether his Scottish coaching appointment is bold or desperate depends on your interpretation, and perhaps neither viewpoint is entirely cock-eyed.
Collingwood faces a testing winter
Paul Collingwood's recent assertion that he is ìalways impressed with Scotland as an outfitî will be as rigorously tested this winter as his own coaching credentials.
A good thing for Scotland?
A World Cup Qualifier, spread over more than a month in New Zealand in January and February, may be the best thing that could have happened to Scotland this winter.
From Ireland back to Scotland
To produce winners you need good infrastructure and a culture of self-worth. But there is no substitute for talent, and talent comes and goes in cycles.
The Scottish Scene (6)
Andy Tennant's call for greater focus on Twenty20 cricket in Scotland is to be applauded. It is also long overdue.
The Scottish Scene (5)
Some of the frosty glances darting around the Titwood pavilion steps last weekend suggested that a few Scotland players were unhappy with the severity of reviews of their work against Durham.
The Scottish Scene (4)
The ICC's official preview of the World Cricket League landed on our electronic mats yesterday and it would have made pleasing reading for Scotland's cannier fans.
The Scottish Scene (3)
Pete Steindl has kept us on our toes all season but after all of the experiments, ejections and elevations, he and Gavin Hamilton appear to be left with just one major choice to make ahead of Saturday's England game.
The Scottish Scene (2)
An old-fashioned performance from an old-fashioned bowling attack, purred the second string of Sky Sports' punditry team during today's interval at Grace Road.
The Scottish Scene (1)
If Iain Kennedy, Pete Steindl and Andy Tennant had not got the message across before now, its impact will be visible in the faces of four known Scotland internationals next time you see them.