Cricket

Picture of the Day: Last Hours of Summer

16 September 2010 16:47

The Yarrow Valley, yesterday. More later, including a post on Freddie Flintoff plus the excruciating conclusion to the County Championship.…

Cricket’s dilemma

2 September 2010 15:41

That the three Pakistani cricketers involved in the spot-fixing allegations havewithdrawn from the rest of the tour means that the…

Prohibition Doesn’t Work: Cricket & Gambling Edition

29 August 2010 15:20

The News of the World’s revelations about connivance between cricketers and bookmakers is dismaying; the story can’t alas, be considered…

The Pity of Pakistan

28 August 2010 20:10

Broad and Trott skip on against Pakistan. Amir looks on in some pain. Photo: Clive Rose/Getty Images. One ball. One…

Ireland’s Tipping Point

4 August 2010 15:50

  Was it Warren Buffett who said investors should be wary of any company that decides it needs to spend…

Gone Cricketing

25 July 2010 22:32

All will be quiet here this week. I’m heading offline and, more importantly, to Ireland for a week of cricket.…

Alan Ruddock, 1960-2010

1 June 2010 12:40

I suppose that relatively few people in England knew Alan Ruddock, who died from a heart attack on Sunday aged…

Let Us Now Praise Frank Keating

9 April 2010 1:08

A new cricket season is upon us and something to take our minds off this election caper. Happily this also…

When Hitler Played Cricket…

19 March 2010 13:52

Until today I had not known that Adolf Hitler played cricket. Once. Apparently. This is, actually, reassuring since it seems…

Cricket & Tobacco: A Match Made on a True Pitch

4 February 2010 3:18

I have many more enthusiasms than convictions (in any sense of the word) but I am certain about some things…

The World According to Gilbert & Sullivan

24 January 2010 20:04

Sunday evening: a roaring log fire, a calming glass of claret and listening to HMS Pinafore. For once, cruel world…

Clausewitz on Cricket III

17 January 2010 13:08

An occasional series in which the great theorist’s ideas are considered in terms of how they may be applied to…

Things Coud Only Have Begun Better…

14 January 2010 17:53

Strauss: caught Amla, bowled Steyn 0 Photo:Duif du Toit/Gallo Images/Getty Images. Andrew Strauss might wish that he’d lost the toss…

Swann’s Way*

30 December 2009 16:28

Graeme Swann and Ian Bell combine to dismiss Ashwell Prince for 16 runs: Swann would finish with nine wickets in…

The Gayle Conundrum

17 December 2009 9:06

On the one hand you have Jacques Kallis, on the other Chris Gayle. Together they remind one that there are…

The Kallis Conundrum

16 December 2009 19:44

Having endured a miserable time of it last time he was in England, there was a typically Kallisian probability that…

How to Save Test Cricket?

25 November 2009 4:33

Test cricket in crisis! Again! That’s the headline you could draw from an MCC survey that finds just 7% of…

The XI of the Decade

20 November 2009 23:19

It’s that time of year and that time of the decade. So, what’s the best XI of the last ten…

20 Years of the Little Master

15 November 2009 23:07

The thing about cricket, or one of the things about it, is that the game makes few allowances for ability.…

Kevin Pietersen’s Sense of History

12 November 2009 15:32

Kevin Pietersen is an idiot. One day that will become endearing and amusing and we’ll look upon his daftness with…