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Does cricket need to be popular? Th...

The rise of T20 franchise leagues, from Canada to mainland Europe, a T10 league in the Middle East a...

Cricket World Cup confirms dominance of the wealthy

We are just over halfway through the 2019 Cricket World Cup and if results go the way most bookies would expect over the next...

England are rated as the bookmakers’ favourites heading into the 2019 Cricket World Cup, as they aim to win the competition f... England strong favourites for Cricket World Cup on home soil...

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...

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...