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England’s top order optimism

You can trace England’s top order troubles back to retirement of Andrew Strauss in 2012. Ever since,...

Kent’s women’s team player of the year for 2019 is Maxine Blythin, a dashing 6ft tall stroke maker who notched four centuries... Maxine Blythin and the curious case of women’s cricket

Addington 1743 punished over Mohammad Amir

A few weeks ago, as you may recall, Mohammad Amir breached his five year ICC ban for spot fixing against England at Lord’s in 2010 by the deliberate bowling of no balls ‘to order’, ...

England; world’s number one in all but ranking

England’s demolition job on India at Lord’s this week has proven one thing: they are the best side in world cricket right now. The official position as world number one still belongs to India courtes...

Dernbach and Malinga – one and the same?

Now that’s quite a claim, isn’t it? Jade Dernbach, two matches into his international career, being compared to Lasith Malinga, the ultimate limited overs bowler of his era. As far as England are con...

Cheating in cricket

Unfortunately, in all sports and at all levels, cheating is a frequent component. Like many of the positive aspects of sport, it comes in many guises. Like many of the positive aspects of sport, it c...

WIN! The Following Game by Jonathan Smith

We have teamed up with our friends at publishers Peridot Press to give away three copies of the superb new book by Jonathan Smith, The Following Game. The Following Game is about cricket, family and ...

Scraping the T20 Barrel

The T20 break brings with it the same things every year: an injection of talented overseas players, strike rates of well over a hundred and the criticism of there being too many matches in the compet...

India’s strange stance on technology

Whilst it is fair to say that the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS, or DRS, to you and I) has had its teething problems in international cricket, notably in the hands of such umpiring luminaries a...