Cricket

Mike Denness and an All-Time Scottish Cricket XI

20 April 2013 13:59

Mike Denness, who died yesterday, could credibly claim to be the finest Scots-reared cricketer of the past 50 years. That…

Wisden finally merits the epithet ‘Cricket Bible’

17 April 2013 11:11

The man who christened Wisden ‘The Cricket Bible’ had little religion. Wisden is an unprepossessing sight: a 1,500 page tome…

Wisden, 150 Not Out

13 April 2013 10:51

Summer, or rather the hint or promise of it, only arrives with the publication of Wisden. The cricketers’ almanack –…

A birthday challenge to the New Statesman

11 April 2013 16:10

Slight treachery from Boris, who has written a glowing piece on the occasion of the New Statesman’s centenary. While most people…

Can't Bat, Can't Bowl, Can't Field: Is this the worst Australian cricket team ever?

4 March 2013 13:26

Stuart Law. Darren Lehmann. Jamie Cox. Phil Jaques. Brad Hodge. Michael di Venuto. Chris Rogers. Martin Love. Tom Moody. Nine…

80 years ago, Bodyline ended and English cricket enjoyed a triumph

28 February 2013 19:13

Today, February 28th 2013, is the 80th anniversary of the conclusion to one of the finest – and certainly the…

Cricket’s the loser

12 February 2013 19:11

Cricket glorifies some cheats. W.G. Grace often batted on after being clean bowled; such was the public demand to watch…

Frank Keating, 1937-2013 - Spectator Blogs

26 January 2013 13:53

A while back a friend remarked that a piece I’d written – on cricket probably though, perhaps, darts – was…

The more Shane Warne practised, the more magical he got

5 January 2013 16:15

It was a placid start. A tubby kid with peroxide blond hair approached the crease in 6 easy steps. He…

Thank you, Christopher Martin-Jenkins

2 January 2013 13:01

The children who grew up when Christopher Martin-Jenkins began to commentate on cricket (both in print and on the air)…

Ricky Ponting's Recessional - Spectator Blogs

4 December 2012 15:02

With the Don at three and Keith Miller inked for the all-rounder’s role at six there are only two open…

Afghan batsman Gulbodin Naib plays a shot during the ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup match between England and Afghanistan. Picture: Getty.

Afghanistan’s triumph: the return of cricket and other ‘frivolities’

21 September 2012 21:43

England have just beaten Afghanistan in the Twenty20 Cricket World Cup currently being held in Sri Lanka. In the end,…

Andy Flower left Kevin Pietersen out of the England squad for the team's tour of India following the cricketer's text messages about former captain Andrew Strauss. Picture: Getty.

David Cameron should take a leaf from Andy Flower’s book

18 September 2012 16:16

Kevin Pietersen might be lurking in India while England start their test series in the country, but as of today,…

The quiet cult of Andrew Strauss

29 August 2012 18:10

‘I’m fascinated by politics. But I’m not that enthralled by any of the parties.’ Those are the words of Andrew…

Very, Very Special: An Appreciation of VVS Laxman - Spectator Blogs

20 August 2012 15:54

And then there was one.  Of the four princes who made India the world’s best side to watch in the…

The Unbearable Weight of Being Kevin Pietersen

8 August 2012 12:47

How do you solve a problem like Kevin Pietersen? England’s most talented and most infuriating batsman faces another crisis and,…

Gone holidaying

21 July 2012 12:05

Sorry folks, but you’ll not have me to kick around these next two weeks. I’m away to the Isle of…

The enigma of Mark Ramprakash

6 July 2012 15:00

A pearl richer than all his tribe who, alas, loved batting not wisely but all too well. If tragedy seems…

An Epidemic of Not Scoring

11 May 2012 12:12

Watching Andy Coulson answer the Leveson inquiry’s questions with a dead bat yesterday, the likes of Robert Shrimsley and Tim…

100 x 100

16 March 2012 11:56

Well he’s done it. At last. Surprisingly, this was Sachin Tendulkar’s first ODI century against Bangladesh. One hundred international hundreds…

Rahul Dravid’s Exceptionalism

13 March 2012 18:09

I wrote about the great man here, but cricket-minded readers should also scamper to Cricinfo to read Ed Smith’s reflection…

Farewell, Rahul Dravid

9 March 2012 19:39

Rahul Dravid’s retirement, announced with typical elegance today, is not just a sad business because it means we’ll never see…

Test Cricket, Eh? Bloody Hell.

13 December 2011 3:15

It would take a heart of stone not to laugh when reading about Australia’s latest cricket crisis and, reader, I’ve…

Artists vs Artisans

25 November 2011 2:09

Watching Roger Federer destory Rafael Nadal the other day and knowing how many people can recognise their brilliance while always…

When the Red Rose Blooms Again

15 September 2011 18:57

Who dares say the County Championship is a useless anachronism? Rumours of its irrelevance have been much exagerrated for years…