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...

Why have the Ashes become so uncompetitive?

So England won a hugely disappointing Ashes series. They say that familiarity breeds contempt and these two sides, England and Australia, look absolutely sick of the sight of one another. You can hav...

Michael Clarke bows out

It is always sad to see a once great player struggling for form as Michael Clarke has done throughout this Ashes summer. His announcement, at the end of the Trent Bridge Test that he would retire aft...

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...