Cricket

A Dangerous Summer

18 August 2011 17:41

This England cricket team is rather like the great German football sides of the past: a collective rather greater than…

Still the Greatest Living Yorkshireman

12 August 2011 1:58

The Old Batsman – one of my favourite cricket bloggers – had a typically lovely post yesterday noting that August…

Cricket for the Blind

10 August 2011 18:02

Meanwhile, mercifully, there’s a Test match taking place in Birmingham. The contrast between this England and that other England in…

Ian Bell and the Spirit of Cricket

1 August 2011 11:57

On balance, I agree with Sir Geoffrey: Ian Bell was out and the Indians had nothing for which to feel…

1999 not 2000

21 July 2011 12:22

I was going to write something about the 2000th test match but was distracted by Murdochpalooza. Happily this is not…

Department of Law Enforcement

3 June 2011 14:44

Via Johnson, a remarkable statute in Victoria which criminalises: Any person who in or near a public place or within…

Anatomy of A Collapse

2 June 2011 14:06

Three days on and Sri Lanka’s collapse to 82 all out on the final day at Sophia Gardens remains astonishing.…

First, Hang the Administrators

5 May 2011 12:50

So England will have different captains for each form of cricket this summer. Fine. Nothing much to see there. Much…

Wisden’s Cop-Out

8 April 2011 1:24

I’ve not been hugely impressed by Scyld Berry’s tenure* as editor of Wisden and his decision to name just four…

Ireland’s Greatest, Grandest Day

2 March 2011 17:44

On Friday Ireland threw away a chance of victory against Bangladesh, losing a game their bowlers had put them in…

All-Live vs All-Dead

20 February 2011 23:25

Jonathan Bernstein has a jolly post attempting to select a squad of baseball players who are still alive to take…

What Cricket Tells Us About David Cameron

18 February 2011 15:33

Peter Oborne has an excellent column in the Telegraph today. Much of it reprises Peter’s case that Cameron is a…

Helping Australia

19 January 2011 0:38

William Hague is in Australia and the Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary has been tweeting bits and pieces about his visit:…

The Australian Way of Love

17 January 2011 0:11

Noted without comment: A bizarre decision to ride an inflatable doll down a flood-swollen Yarra River blew up in a…

From the archives: Cricketing over Christmas

26 December 2010 18:41

How do cricket players get on with touring abroad over Christmas? Mike Atherton, the former England captain, penned an article…

98 All Out

26 December 2010 12:44

Their lowest total at home against England since 1936. Perth is looking like a blip, not a fundamental change in…

The Greatest Englishmen XI

16 December 2010 23:08

17th September 1932: Members of the MCC cricket team aboard the liner ‘Orontes’ at Tilbury, en route for Australia (left…

Cricket, Lovely Cricket

9 December 2010 16:59

Many thanks to Brother Bright for pointing me towards this completely charming British Council film about cricket. It’s narrated by…

Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust: If Swanny Don’t Get You, Anderson Must

7 December 2010 15:36

So, little blogging here. Partly because, even more so than usual, I’ve been living on Australian time these past few…

Stick It Up Your Punter

4 December 2010 15:30

There are only three things wrong with this Australian side. They can’t bat, they can’t bowl and they can’t field.…

517/1

29 November 2010 18:09

The first thing to be said of a test in which a side batting third can score 517/1 is that…

The Ashes! The Ashes!

24 November 2010 16:13

Four years later than should have been the case, Andrew Strauss will skipper England in Australia. English cricket has righted…

Australian Cricket Sells Its Soul

19 November 2010 3:21

Hard though it may be to imagine, it is entirely possible that Cricket Australia (as they style themselves these days)…

The Ashes: Post-War XIs

11 November 2010 13:32

Ahead of the Times revealing its post-war XIs, Norm has made his own selection. As you’d expect, they’re pretty strong…

Sad Wurzels

16 September 2010 22:31

Yorkshire cricket is the epitome of hard, correct cricket. Lancashire cricket is always bowling into the wind, beating the edge…