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Is this the most bowler dominated e...

There is an increasing obsession to convince ourselves that everything we are seeing is the best it ...

Swinging a cricket ball without saliva

You know the drill: bowler bowls, batsman leaves it, keeper catches it. Keeper instinctively flings ball to first slip, first...

The curious events around the global sporting calendar thrown up by COVID-19 have offered us all a break. It comes at you thi... England’s new look squad poses same old questions

Are England worthy of top ranking?

“To become the best is hard, to stay there is harder.” These were the words of vice-captain Alistair Cook when promoting England’s recent tour of the United Arab Emirates against a new look Pakistan ...

Life as a village cricketer

This week, as a village cricketer, I went to France. To watch a motorbike race. What’s this got to do with cricket? Absolutely nothing. But that’s the point. In my efforts to surpass my miserable ave...

Pakistan rain on England’s parade, again

Back in 2005 England won the Ashes. It was the first time in ages that England seemed to possess a side that could go on to be a force in world cricket for years to come. They had a very good bowling...

Life as a village cricketer

Whilst England have been doing battle in the Middle East and Australia and India have been facing off Down Under, it has been back down to the nets for many village cricketers ahead of the 2012 seaso...

Michael Clarke’s odd decision

It’s hard to pick fault in a near flawless performance. Australia dominated India pretty much from start to finish, the resulting innings and 68 runs victory was in no way flattering to the hosts. Ye...

The Cricket Blog’s 2011 Team of the Year

2012 has already got off to a blistering start with heaps of runs in South Africa and Australia. Before we come to that, however, we’re going to take a quick look back at 2011 and its star performers...

A look back at 2011

With the year drawing to a close, we’ve decided to take a look back at it and pick out our moments and performers of the past 365 days. It’s largely based on Test cricket, but that’s the best format,...