It’s meant to be semi-regular, but instead it’s about as common as Halley’s Comet. It’s supposed to be funny or insightful or something (?), but instead it’s…well it’s just not. It’s Dev vs Dan! This time, our picks for who should pair Alastair Cook; from Nick Compton to Sam Robson to Angus Robson to the … More Dev vs Dan: Cook’s opening partner
Ian Blackwell’s record, Tim Wigmore once wrote, “made him arguably the best county all-rounder of the 2000s.” That record was very good: he played for a decade and a half, making over 11,000 First Class runs, averaging barely a shade under 40, and picking up over 600 wickets (across formats) to boot.
Our English correspondent, George Collyer, provides his take on the men in “Shock Red” ahead of the World Twenty20.
Mind the Windows writer George Collyer looks at the remarkable come-from-behind victory South Africa managed in the recent five-match ODI series against England. George has rated each of England’s players out of ten – so how do Joe Root and Alex Hales compare? How did the bowlers go? Where is it time to look elsewhere?
If the ongoing Test series between Australia and New Zealand has taught us one thing, it’s this: Australian pitches are currently flatter than at any other point in living memory. But this is not another think-piece decrying the loss of sporting wickets. It is not written to empathise with the plight of the fast bowler, … More Off Spin in Australia: A Thankless Task
England embark on a three Test series against Pakistan starting Tuesday. The odds are very much stacked against England and it will take something special; a collective team performance if England are to be victorious. England warmed up for this series with two, two-day warm-up games against Pakistan A, who fielded a decent side. The … More Pakistan vs England Test series: A preview from an English perspective
August 29, 2012 Andrew Strauss sits at home. England have just lost to South Africa, 2-0. Hashim Amla made 311 at The Oval. Kevin Pietersen’s text messages stole all the headlines. And for Strauss, bat in hand, the runs have dried up. 100 Tests, 50 as England captain. 15 years a professional. Over 7000 Test … More The Rise and Fall of Nick Compton: The England Years (Part 2)
[Read part one here] “You can’t win singlehandedly…” St John’s Wood, postcode NW8. Once part of a Royal Forest, now the most expensive rental area in London. In the 692 years since ownership of the woodland passed to the Knights Hospitaller, it has gone from forest fragment to the fifth highest house prices in London. … More Geoff Humpage: Unwavering Warwickshire (part 2)
Australia haven’t tasted Ashes success in England since 2001, a series remembered for Steve Waugh’s century on one leg, Adam Gilchrist’s terrifying hitting, Mark Butcher’s 173* to win the unwinnable for England, and the forging of the Hayden-Langer opening partnership that would dominate Test cricket for the next 5 years. Throw in some bizarre English … More From ‘women’s cricket’ to ‘cricket’
Just under three weeks after the one-day series against Australia finishes, England will arrive in the UAE ahead of a three Test match series against Pakistan, followed by four ODIs and three T20s. England were whitewashed 3-0 in 2012 on the last tour of the UAE, even with a settled Test side with an established … More Who’s the third Pommy spinner?