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The confusing case of Mohammad Amir...

So, Mohammad Amir is back playing professional cricket. Just as swiftly as that, he’s back playing i...

England seek elusive consistency
England have unearthed a few gems of late, not least Ben Stokes (L) and Joe Root, but other pieces haven't quite fallen into place. Yet

It is the stated ambition of Andrew Strauss, England’s director of cricket, that the team should attain the number one rankin...

This is the final assessment in England’s marathon, 17-Test 12 months. Such is the lopsided importance placed upon beating Au... England in South Africa 2015/16 preview

The most infamous no ball in cricket's history, at Lord's in 2011.

The confusing case of Mohammad Amir

So, Mohammad Amir is back playing professional cricket. Just as swiftly as that, he’s back playing international cricket – the sheepish looking wunderkid who hooped it round English corners in ...
England have unearthed a few gems of late, not least Ben Stokes (L) and Joe Root, but other pieces haven't quite fallen into place. Yet

England seek elusive consistency

It is the stated ambition of Andrew Strauss, England’s director of cricket, that the team should attain the number one ranking in all three disciplines; Tests, ODIs and T20s. The first riotous steps ...
This series promises to be a battle of the bowlers

England in South Africa 2015/16 preview

This is the final assessment in England’s marathon, 17-Test 12 months. Such is the lopsided importance placed upon beating Australia that it will, largely, be looked back on as a success, even if tha...
Ian Bell guides another boundary down through third man en route to 109 at Trent Bridge in 2013

Why has third man become so unfashionable?

One of the first things young people learn about cricket when playing in games is the name of fielding positions. From silly mid-off to deep mid-wicket, almost every place a captain or bowler would p...
Joe Root is the most popular cricketer in England right now. His appeal should be thrust forward - he should be England's Test captain

Cricket, tennis and the terrestrial TV exposure debate

There’s a competition in England, at the end of every year, called Sports Personality of the Year (SPOTY). It’s a black tie event organised and hosted by the BBC that fetes the home-grown sporting st...
Ravi Shastri has questioned the ability of modern batsmen to craft an innings.

Batsmen need to rediscover the art of grafting

After a week that witnessed two Test matches finish within three days, the question of the modern batsman’s ability to graft for a score has once again been questioned. The Indian team director, Ravi...
He bowled to the left, he bowled to the right... and quite often Mitchell Johnson bowled it bang on target, be it at the stumps or a batsman's head. Cricket has lost one of its entertainers with his retirment

Mitchell Johnson was pure theatre

The announcement that Mitchell Johnson had retired from international cricket did not come as a huge surprise. There were rumours of this outcome after the recent Ashes series in England and, after t...