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2019 Ashes fixtures, venues and rec...

Out of the frying pan of the World Cup and into the fire of the Ashes, the English summer rumbles on...

The rise of T20 franchise leagues, from Canada to mainland Europe, a T10 league in the Middle East and now The Hundred, are a... Does cricket need to be popular? The ECB and The Hundred

England’s Test team – enough is enough

Following England’s capitulation against Pakistan at Lord’s in the first Test I’d really wanted to steer clear of writing about England’s woes and write something positive about Pakistan’s incredibly...

England gamble on Buttler and Bess

Ed Smith, the new chairman of England selectors, was widely expected to spring a surprise or two in his first Test. After a wretched winter of discontent, followed by hubris then bizarre admissions o...

Justin Langer is perfect for Australia

Australian cricket has been under the microscope over the last few months following the highly controversial tour of South Africa. The fallout following the suspensions of Cameron Bancroft, Steve Smi...

Why England must select Ben Foakes

It’s sometimes hard to remember that there’s some actual cricket to be played. England and the ECB appear in a state of flux, unsure whether to abandon everything or plug on gamely. We need new fans!...

Life as a village cricketer

The stinging palms, the ‘it can’t be broken’ finger, the furtive glance at the weather, the ‘it’s probably going to rain tomorrow, you might as well have another pint’, the ‘how long does this bloody...

Haseeb Hameed’s struggles continue

It was impossible not to be impressed by Haseeb Hameed in India in 2016/17. The diminutive Lancashire opener was just another cricketer on the merry-go-round that is Alastair Cook’s opening partners,...

Essex begin new season with the look of champions

There is always extra pressure when starting the season as champions, especially when coming off an unbeaten season as Essex did in 2017. The inclement weather over the first weekend meant that the 2...