England’s next wave of batting stars

England’s batting let them down in the first Test against Pakistan at Lord’s. That much was obvious to everyone, not least captain and coach, Alastair Cook and Trevor Bayliss, who both lamented naïve...

Why I am cricketed out

Sri Lanka are on England’s Green and Pleasant Land to start the Test summer, although at first glance, it appears a little difficult to get over excited. I have a confession; I feel totally cricketed...

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 ...

England in South Africa 2015/16 preview

This is the final assessment in England’s marathon, 17-Test 12 months. Such is the lopsided importance placed upon beating Australia that it will, largely, be looked back on as a success, even if tha...

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...

Flower’s removal is the only way forward for England

All good things come to an end. Andy Flower’s tenure as England’s director of cricket was certainly good; at times it was great. It took a rampant Australia side, hell-bent on avenging recent losses ...

Debacle Down Under poses more answers than questions

The good thing about losing 5-0 is that it’s comprehensive. There’s no arguing when you’ve been stuffed. A simple answer to a simple question, then: is this England side good enough? No. The harder q...