Life as a village cricketer – COVID edition

You’ve probably already heard of COVID-19 and felt some of its impact. It has left nothing untouched, not even the sacrosanct English pursuit of the sound of leather on willow echoing across village ...

The Cricket Blog speaks to Phil Tufnell

Phil Tufnell is a veteran of the English cricket scene, from his 121 Test wickets to his 17 years and counting as part of BBC’s Test Match Special roster of commentators. With cricket about to make a...

Is this the most bowler dominated era of cricket?

There is an increasing obsession to convince ourselves that everything we are seeing is the best it has ever been. It is a rampant obsession in almost every modern sport. There is a lot of discussion...

Swinging a cricket ball without saliva

You know the drill: bowler bowls, batsman leaves it, keeper catches it. Keeper instinctively flings ball to first slip, first slip closely inspects it, daubs a generous amount of saliva across the sh...

England’s new look squad poses same old questions

The curious events around the global sporting calendar thrown up by COVID-19 have offered us all a break. It comes at you thick and fast, especially the cricketing calendar, so an opportunity to hit ...