England gamble on Buttler and Bess

Ed Smith, the new chairman of England selectors, was widely expected to spring a surprise or two in his first Test. After a wretched winter of discontent, followed by hubris then bizarre admissions o...

Why England must select Ben Foakes

It’s sometimes hard to remember that there’s some actual cricket to be played. England and the ECB appear in a state of flux, unsure whether to abandon everything or plug on gamely. We need new fans!...

Life as a village cricketer

The stinging palms, the ‘it can’t be broken’ finger, the furtive glance at the weather, the ‘it’s probably going to rain tomorrow, you might as well have another pint’, the ‘how long does this bloody...

Haseeb Hameed’s struggles continue

It was impossible not to be impressed by Haseeb Hameed in India in 2016/17. The diminutive Lancashire opener was just another cricketer on the merry-go-round that is Alastair Cook’s opening partners,...

Essex begin new season with the look of champions

There is always extra pressure when starting the season as champions, especially when coming off an unbeaten season as Essex did in 2017. The inclement weather over the first weekend meant that the 2...

County Championship preview – Essex

Essex County Cricket club have named a strong 13-man squad as they prepare for their County Championship opener at Headingley. Essex were labelled as strong favourites to be relegated immediately fol...

Are England set for changes?

England head coach Trevor Bayliss has suggested that there could be selection changes following a winless winter. England endured a torrid winter as they failed to retain the Ashes,  falling to a 4-0...