Haseeb Hameed has been a breath of fresh air for England in India. The side needs more Test specialists, like him, in order to progress

Time for Test specialists as England seek improvement

India’s crushing win in the third Test match against England in Mohali hardly came as a surprise following a dreadful third day for England. After letting India take a significant lead into the secon...
Rubel Hossain induced England's ODI nadir in Adelaide in 2015. England haven't looked back since

England’s ODI revolution is a lesson for us all

Rubel Hossain wheeled away into the Adelaide night sky, pursued with vigour by ecstatic team mates, coaching staff and cameramen eager to capture a slice of the moment. He had just splayed James Ande...
There have been few finer sights than Ian Bell in full flow

For whom the Bell tolls

Like all good things, it appears that Ian Bell’s England career is over. He was dropped for last winter’s tour of South Africa, but I refused to believe the end was nigh – he had, after all, been dro...
England have unearthed a few gems of late, not least Ben Stokes (L) and Joe Root, but other pieces haven't quite fallen into place. Yet

England seek elusive consistency

It is the stated ambition of Andrew Strauss, England’s director of cricket, that the team should attain the number one ranking in all three disciplines; Tests, ODIs and T20s. The first riotous steps ...
Ian Bell guides another boundary down through third man en route to 109 at Trent Bridge in 2013

Why has third man become so unfashionable?

One of the first things young people learn about cricket when playing in games is the name of fielding positions. From silly mid-off to deep mid-wicket, almost every place a captain or bowler would p...
England's last tour to the UAE to face Pakistan, in 2012, was a complete disaster

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...