Cricket

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…

The Keats of Cricket

7 September 2009 13:59

1st May 1930: Australian opening batsmen Bill Woodfull (1897 – 1965, left) and Archie Jackson (1909 – 1933) going out…

Clausewitz on Cricket

2 September 2009 0:07

Further to this post, an occasional series exploring the relevance and application of Carl von Clausewitz’s On War to the…

On Clausewitz and the Art of Cricket

28 August 2009 0:51

Earlier this summer, at the end of a conversation on other matters, the (excellent) American blogger Kevin Drum asked for…

Obama’s Summer Reading List

25 August 2009 17:58

Since we’re speaking of lists and, you know, it’s still August, Barack Obama’s summer reading list  is a mixture of…

Trotting Towards Victory

25 August 2009 11:56

Sorry for the light posting: a house full of friends and family explains that. Normal peace and quiet has returned…

The Ashes come home

23 August 2009 18:28

Not the greatest cricketing series ever – but who cares?  There have been plenty of wonderful and poignant moments: from…

Remember Kim Hughes?

18 August 2009 14:38

It’s important to remember that the Ashes is still tied at one test apiece. It’s not as though this has…

England Trott Towards Disaster

16 August 2009 17:47

So, the selectors have spoken. And what a dreary story they have to tell. The selection of Jonathan Trott (and…

A Very English Cricketing Fiasco

9 August 2009 17:48

Selkirk vs Langholm at Philiphaugh, 8/9/08 Actually, it wasn’t a completely disastrous cricketing weekend. Selkirk did successfully chase 206 to…

Ricky Ponting Deserves Our Cheers, Not Moronic Boos

4 August 2009 15:29

Ricky Ponting batting at Edgbaston last week. Photo: Tom Shaw/Getty Images. Three – yes, a whole three –  cheers for…

Gone Cricketing

20 July 2009 15:41

Note the jaunty attempt to emulate Gordon Greenidge; note too the lack of control which has caused the bottom hand…

The Most Influential Innings of the Decade

18 July 2009 15:26

In 132 years of test cricket a side has followed on and won on just three occasions. Despite this, enforcing…

Worst Hat-Bashing for Years: 16/7/39

16 July 2009 12:30

No-one who has done time at one of this country’s more expensive educational institutions will be surprised by this account…

The Rights of Fans vs The Rights of Stars

14 July 2009 23:14

Tuesday’s stage in the Tour de France was interesting and, in its way, revealing. Ultimately, it was about power and…

The SNP, Cricket and Soft Unionism

14 July 2009 10:16

There were at least a dozen people on my flight from Edinburgh to Cardiff last week who were clearly heading…