Cricket

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.…

Farewell to the Little Master: we will not see the likes of Sachin Tendulkar again.

13 November 2013 16:34

As you know, only seven batsmen have scored more than 50,000 first-class runs. Hobbs, Woolley, Hendren, Mead, Grace, Sutcliffe and…

Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust, if Pietersen don’t get ya, the ICC must.

26 August 2013 11:11

It was pretty dark. Darker, in fact, than it had been when the players were hauled off for bad light earlier in…

Australia are just New Zealand in disguise (plus Michael Clarke and Ryan Harris)

13 August 2013 14:08

Thumping Australia is grand; thumping Australia without playing well almost feels like cheating. But in a good way. This is…

Two riveting journeys to the heart of India and Pakistan

24 July 2013 9:42

50 summers have passed since C.L.R. James asked, ‘What do they know of cricket who only cricket know?’ James’s belief,…

Timeless TMS is keeping all its wits about it

22 July 2013 12:36

Michael Henderson has written a rather brave piece for this week’s Spectator in which he brands Test Match Special ‘Radio…

Capitalism smashes the unions for six

16 July 2013 15:43

Forget the Ashes, this is the cricket news you have been waiting for: the Confederation of British Industry vanquished the…

What kind of Englishman is embarrassed by beating Australia?

16 July 2013 13:45

Four months ago I wondered if this might be the worst Australian side in history. Previous contenders for that badge…

The Ashes are here

10 July 2013 10:10

Mr Steerpike is still a boy at heart: I feel giddy with anticipation on the first morning of an Ashes…

Why do words and cricket go together?

4 July 2013 9:30

‘Words and cricket,’ wrote Beryl Bainbridge, ‘seem to go together.’ Why should this be? The Ashes series starting next week…

Amateur fantasies and professional realities

30 May 2013 10:05

As was to be expected, it rained. Drizzle was in the air at times yesterday when the Authors XI turned…

The Sweet Sorrow of following Somerset Cricket

22 May 2013 18:05

Marcus Trescothick. Nick Compton. Alviro Petersen. James Hildreth. Craig Kieswetter. Jos Buttler. When all troops are fit and available Somerset…

Cricket is more than a game

26 April 2013 11:38

Does this advert ring a bell? It showed a handsome young man hitting a cricket ball far into the distance.…