Cricket

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.…

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…