Cricket

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…

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…