England cricket bosses have hit back at suggestions that this week’s practice match between England and Essex descended into farce as multiple substitutions led to the game being stripped of its first-class status.


Meet Australia’s future Ashes stars


With the Australian cricket team in the doldrums and players seemingly unable to stay fit, it’s time to blood some new talent in this important Ashes year. Keep an eye out for these players.

New Zealand v England: an apology


By all UK newspapers Along with other commentators, we may have mistakenly given the impression that the England cricket team was among the very best in the world and merely had to turn up in New Zealand in order to secure a 3-0 series victory. Although this was not our intention, we now accept that […]

Jimmy Anderson and other records


James Anderson this week surpassed Sir Ian Botham as the most wicketing-est English bowler ever; he has now taken 534 international scalps, an English record. Until it happened, many of us – including, reportedly, Sir Ian – didn’t even know that there was such a thing as a record for international wickets. So what other records are being broken as we speak?

What to look forward to in 2013


A handy month-by-month breakdown of what we can expect from the world of cricket this year.

What now for Ricky Ponting?


The Perth Test will be the last time we see the great man pull on the baggy green. But what might retirement hold?

America to go crazy for Crickball


Upon the news that an American business consortium plans to set up a US T20 League during next summer’s Ashes, England cricket chiefs have acted swiftly. Relatively swiftly. Swiftly for them.

On Mankading, the spirit of cricket and other enjoyable debates

Daily Telegraph

So is it right for a bowler to run out a batsman who is backing up too far? Vinoo Mankad thought so in 1947; and Murali Kartik was of the same mind on Thursday when he whipped off the bails at the non-striker’s end as Somerset’s Alex Barrow wandered too far down the pitch. The affair prompted the sort of spluttering and chuntering that only a really good bust-up about the ‘spirit of cricket’ can engender.

Dessie And The Major, Part VI

Dessie And The Major

Dessie and I spent the day at Trent Bridge. We went in fancy dress, partly to enter into the spirit of the occasion, and partly because Dessie pointed out that being identified at a T20 match could compromise my position on the select committee of the International Coalition to Stamp Out Short-Form Cricket.

I’m an MBE… Get me a TV show


On the back of Freddie’s TV success, the other bowlers from that legendary Ashes 2005 win are also making the move to the small screen