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Cricket predictions 2019

Welcome to the cricketing year of 2019! What does it have in store? Well, we’ve reached for ou...

Move over Bairstow and Buttler – England find their be...

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

England secured their first overseas whitewash since 1963 in Colombo, defeating Sri Lanka 3-0. In doing so, they’ve answered ... England’s top order finds a way to fire

England excel yet some of their supporters rebel

England have assembled one of the best batting units the ODI game has ever seen and they have left everyone else scratching their heads. The transformation has been as remarkable as it has been sudde...

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...

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...