England face tough questions against Pakistan

England may have won The Ashes and, owing to the myopic nature of English cricket, that is sufficient in many eyes to deem the garden of English cricket as being awash with roses. It is not. A rude a...

Defence a relic of a bygone era

The 2015 Ashes series has ended, throwing up a number of questions. Why are home sides dominating series? Why do modern batsmen have such little patience? Does new technology provide more of an advan...

Captain Cook’s crowning glory – time to bow out

Alastair Cook said on the eve of this Ashes series that, should England regain the Ashes, it would be his biggest achievement as England captain. He wasn’t wrong. England’s sweeping aside of Australi...

Sponsoring the English summer

Village greens, crisp clean whites, the sound of leather on willow, the gentle and continuous murmur of the crowd, long and lazy days spent basking in the glory of the English summer; the sense of En...

Rogers redresses the balance

After focussing on the central role of Ben Stokes in the wake of England’s win in Cardiff and his superiority over Shane Watson, it is now time to focus on the crucial cog in the Australian machine t...

Ashes head to head: the top order

With the 2015 Investec Ashes series nearly upon us, The Cricket Blog looks at the head to head encounters that will define the series. We start with the top order. Alastair Cook Vs Chris Rogers/Shaun...

New Zealand in England 2015 series review

New Zealand arrived upon English shores with their reputation at arguably the highest point in their cricketing history. England were at one of the lowest points of theirs. In what was originally sch...