Rob Houwing | Swift-from-blocks Stubbs shows shades of Kuiper

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Tristan Stubbs. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Tristan Stubbs. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

As a fast starter in butchering the ball beyond the ropes, Tristan Stubbs triggers memories of Adrian Kuiper, writes Rob Houwing.

The format was still substantially longer, but in some ways South Africa's riotously popular domestic Benson & Hedges night series of the 1980s was an ingenious precursor to shackles-free Twenty20 cricket.

Summer floodlights were the primary novelty of the 45-overs competition, which began to see cricketers throw caution captivatingly to the wind at the crease.

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