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Move over Bairstow and Buttler R...

We’re not particularly used to seeing specialist wicket keepers in international cricket these days....

England’s top order finds a way to fire

England secured their first overseas whitewash since 1963 in Colombo, defeating Sri Lanka 3-0. In doing so, they’ve answered ...

There are few doubts over the identity of England’s best Test batsman. It’s Joe Root. At his best, he is an effortless batsma... Root’s form a concern for England

England’s Buttler problem

There will always be a clamour for Jos Buttler to be inserted into England’s Test XI. He’s an outrageously talented and expansive batsmen whose exploits in the white ball formats make him irresistibl...

What if Dale Steyn had remained fit?

This week Dale Steyn will become South Africa’s leading Test match wicket taker when he overhauls Shaun Pollock’s record (with whom he is currently level at the time of writing) of 421 wickets. It is...

Virat Kohli’s final frontier

The great batsmen dominate everywhere. They pile on the runs at home and they lead the assault away, too. There’s no doubting Virat Kohli’s standing as a modern great, indeed he’s probably the best O...

Life as a village cricketer

Consistency is the key to any good season. It’s what makes Virat Kohli so valuable in one day cricket; it’s what made Steve Smith so valuable in Test cricket. But it’s what is hampering me in 2018. I...

Life as a village cricketer

The useful thing about being crap at cricket is that I can give you a blow by blow account of the seven runs I’ve scored this season. I can even give you a blow by blow account of the runs I haven’t ...

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...