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Australia aren’t just about Steve S...

England’s meek surrender of the Ashes hasn’t just been because of Steve Smith, despite what you’ll b...

We can shelve the boardroom enthusiasm for ‘excitement’ that exists within the corridors of power at the ECB and its lust for... England – not very good but very exciting

Life as a village cricketer

The village season feels like a distant memory now as the cold, wet and early evenings have well and truly set in. A long hot summer has passed us by and for thousands the land over, the private hell...

England’s Ashes order headache

After an insipid draw with Western Australia marked the commencement of England’s Ashes defence Down Under, the tourists have been left with more questions than answers, one of which is purely of the...

Root Bumped up to Central Contract

England opener, Joe Root, has been rewarded for his breakthrough year by being handed a central contract by the ECB for 2013/14. The Yorkshire batsman made his international debut last year and was a...

Australia arrive home as England prepare to set off

The trouble with back-to-back Ashes is that, come Christmas Day, on the eve of the fourth Test Down Under, no matter where you are, you won’t be able to recall a time when these two sides weren’t pla...

The Ashes review

It’s taken me while to work out what I made of this Ashes series. As an England fan, I was pleased with the 3-0 score line, but as a cricket fan I felt a little short changed. It didn’t take any grea...

Flower defends ‘brilliant’ captain Cook.

England team director Andy Flower has leapt to the defence of Alastair Cook amid criticism of his captaincy, despite his side holding an unassailable 3-0 lead over Australia in the Ashes and being hu...

The Ashes 2013 – England owe it all to Ian Bell

England staged a remarkable comeback in the evening session of the fourth Test at Durham. Australia were 168/2, chasing 299 for victory, when Tim Bresnan produced a ripper that leapt up to take the e...