The joy of the fifth day

In this age of seemingly accelerated living underpinned by an ability to do almost anything, anywhere, instantaneously, it is with some joy that Test cricket sticks two fingers up to the ways of mode...

Defence a relic of a bygone era

The 2015 Ashes series has ended, throwing up a number of questions. Why are home sides dominating series? Why do modern batsmen have such little patience? Does new technology provide more of an advan...

Why have the Ashes become so uncompetitive?

So England won a hugely disappointing Ashes series. They say that familiarity breeds contempt and these two sides, England and Australia, look absolutely sick of the sight of one another. You can hav...

Michael Clarke bows out

It is always sad to see a once great player struggling for form as Michael Clarke has done throughout this Ashes summer. His announcement, at the end of the Trent Bridge Test that he would retire aft...

Captain Cook’s crowning glory – time to bow out

Alastair Cook said on the eve of this Ashes series that, should England regain the Ashes, it would be his biggest achievement as England captain. He wasn’t wrong. England’s sweeping aside of Australi...

Rogers redresses the balance

After focussing on the central role of Ben Stokes in the wake of England’s win in Cardiff and his superiority over Shane Watson, it is now time to focus on the crucial cog in the Australian machine t...

The Australians need to start snarling again

The fallout from Australia’s defeat to England in the first Ashes Test has centred mainly on selection. Should Shane Watson finally be dropped, is it time for Brad Haddin to be replaced and, most imp...