the ashes

I had so many lovely responses for my recent Vanity Fair column explaining everything about cricket that I was asked to try my hand at reviewing the current Ashes cricket game at Manchester


Advising Young Pup


The Australian dressing room at Lord’s, post-defeat

Ashes 2013: The Queen’s royal diary – one’s day At Lord’s

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In which The Queen has the dubious pleasure of being introduced to the Australian cricket team prior to the start of the Second Test

Broad and the walking debate: a summary


A brilliant, and brilliantly controversial, Test match has seem figures as diverse as Richard Dawkins and Piers Morgan having their say on batsmen not walking. The amount of opinion and argument has become overwhelming, so please find below a handy guide summarising the major debating positions on the matter.

First Test shows how television technology can now control the action

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It is impossible to say with complete confidence whether Werner Heisenberg, the German pioneer of quantum mechanics, liked cricket.

CrickiLeaks: Ricky Ponting


An unworthy tribute to a great cricketer, on the occasion of his final first class match, referring to one of his famous tantrums, this one at the 2010-2011 Ashes.

Ex-players on the Ashes: a handy media guide


The Ashes is the highlight of any player’s career. And these days, it’s a vital moneymaking opportunity for former cricketers as well. Look out for the following programmes and campaigns in the next few weeks.

The Ashes 2013: where have all the sledgers gone?

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The cricket may be one-sided this summer, but do not expect any vintage verbals during the Ashes series

The Ashes 2013: England’s Steven Finn is a thoroughly modern fast bowler

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An interview wot I did with the England fast bowler a couple of weeks before The Ashes

More England! More Australia! More Ashes!


The England-Australia matches that nobody has told you about