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England seek elusive consistency

It is the stated ambition of Andrew Strauss, England’s director of cricket, that the team should att...

England in South Africa 2015/16 preview
This series promises to be a battle of the bowlers

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

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...
five day cricket

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...
Mohammad Yousuf was at his bearded, brilliant best during Pakistan's tour of England in 2006

Looking back: Pakistan in England 2006

The main reason Pakistan’s tour of England in 2006 will be remembered is because of the high controversy at the Oval in the final Test, when Inzamam ul-Haq’s men delayed their re-entrance to the fiel...