Cricket

An anti-cricketer’s tribute to Richie Benaud, a cricketing great who radiated televisual decency

10 April 2015 12:47

Cricket-captain-turned-cricket-commentator Richie Benaud died in Sydney this morning. He would have been 85 next October.  That last pair of sentences…

‘We’ve got to look at the data’ – English cricket kills itself

9 March 2015 12:57

“We’ve got to look at the data”. And so ended the Peter Moores era. Sure, Moores may yet remain the…

In praise of Michael Clarke

6 December 2014 14:13

The cricketing world has begun its slow trudge back to normality. Phillip Hughes has been buried and conversation has, half-heartedly,…

The sad but inevitable downfall of Kevin Pietersen. A tragedy in two innings.

13 October 2014 19:31

Kevin Pietersen’s autobiography is the saddest book of its type I’ve ever read. By its end you begin to think…

Why are sports biographies treated differently to other works?

13 October 2014 13:18

Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap has been running in London theatres for 62 years straight – a period that spans more than…

The unbearable ingratitude of Kevin Pietersen

8 October 2014 13:32

Seven years ago Kevin Pietersen produced his first attempt at autobiography, Crossing the Boundary: The Early Years in My Cricketing…

Moeen Ali reminds us that sometimes sport is the only place for politics

29 July 2014 18:46

Moeen Ali, the England cricketer, faces a possible reprimand after the International Cricket Council (ICC), the game’s governing body, censured him…

Simon Barnes: The England cricket team is playing out Don Giovanni

27 July 2014 14:03

Simon Barnes has written the diary in this week’s issue of The Spectator. Here are his opening two paragraphs: ‘Sport…

What Germans do worst

17 July 2014 18:10

Yes, alright. It turns out that Germans are pretty good at football. But they aren’t quite so good at everything,…

How I learned to love T20

2 April 2014 17:29

Cricket snobs will tell you that Twenty20, with its dancing girls, booming pop music and illuminated bails, is nothing but…

PM courted by KP and Strauss

10 February 2014 11:49

The love-in between Kevin Pietersen and David Cameron continues. As I reported last week, the PM waded into the row…

Dave gives up on sticky wicket

6 February 2014 17:54

The prime minister was waxing lyrical about ousted England slogger Kevin Pietersen when speaking to BBC Lancashire earlier today. The…

India holds the cricket world to ransom; England and Australia agree to pay

27 January 2014 12:56

Almost no idea is rotten enough that it can’t or won’t be defended by some scoundrel somewhere. Even so, the…

A Carve-Up That’s Just Not Cricket

20 January 2014 15:14

By god, you know matters have come to a wretched pass when you feel inclined to defend and protect the…

Can Lord Heseltine save the England cricket team?

7 January 2014 12:15

Apologies may be in order. A few weeks ago, I was advocating aid for Australia. As we had set the…

A time for despair but not for panic

17 December 2013 15:57

All winning cricket teams are alike; each losing cricket team loses in its own way. It doesn’t matter, right now,…

A crucifixion in the City of Churches

9 December 2013 19:51

Here we go again. Time for another round of that perennial game so wearily familiar to England cricket supporters: Hunt the…

Massacre at the Gabbatoir

22 November 2013 13:48

Don’t say you weren’t warned. You were. “Australia will win at least one test this winter…England will have a bad…

Kevin Pietersen gets a local welcome at the Gabba

22 November 2013 12:09

Every cloud has a silver lining. The slaughter of the England batting line-up at the Gabba killing fields overnight was…

Sachin Tendulkar is among the very greatest sportsmen, but heroes are made to be surpassed

16 November 2013 8:46

It was the sort of summer’s day that makes you glad to be alive; but we were watching the telly.…