County cricket
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ECB Should Not Punish Durham

I am not a Durham supporter. I’ve never even been to Riverside. But I’m still appalled that the ECB might penalise the county – probably with a points deduction that could relegate them – for needing financial support at the end of the season. Why do I think this? Because Durham’s problems are…

County cricket
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Middlesex: Better Than Sex?

What a climax. Take away the curious half hour of declaration bowling and Friday was championship cricket at its best. It proved, as if we didn’t already know, that first-class cricket is still the best form of the game. You don’t need city based teams, you don’t need players wearing pyjamas,…

County cricket
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City Based T20: A Not So Cunning Plan

Thinking is a dangerous thing – especially if you’re an ECB suit or a middle-aged cricket blogger. However, the ECB’s warning to counties that they must accept radical changes to the domestic game or face years of decline has got the grey matter churning. I mean, who the hell are the…

County cricket
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The Tuesday Tiramisu

Apologies to all trifle fans. I’m in a tiramisu kind of mood today. Besides, there’s nothing trifling about the great game of cricket – particularly if you’re on of the teams chasing a county championship title or fighting relegation. Good luck to all the teams involved. Talking of the final…

Eng V Bang 2016
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Selectors Go Batty (Completely Batty That Is)

“Hey look everyone. We might be as dull as dishwater, with all the charisma of damp dish cloths, but us selectors are a funky bunch. We don’t care about age. You can be 19 or 38. It doesn’t matter. It really doesn’t really matter how you perform in the county…

Eng v Pak 2016
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Pakistan Turn It On, Then Wave Goodbye

I think it’s best to forget last night’s T20. Pakistan shocked everyone by looking motivated, aggressive and desperate to win. England, on the other hand, looked somewhat complacent and relaxed. Mentally we weren’t at the races and made far too many mental errors. It’s always hard to gauge Pakistan’s mood. They’re usually entertaining to watch…

Talking Points
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Who Are We To Criticise Morgan & Hales?

Oh Lordy. The shit has hit the fan. Yesterday evening the ECB revealed that Eoin Morgan and Alex Hales have decided to skip the Bangladesh tour due to security concerns. Both players’ places were under pressure so it’s not a decision they would’ve taken lightly. Hales might have expected to…

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An Evening With Nasser Hussain

We arrived at the Grace Gate at Lord’s. The ground was a hive of activity. Graham Gooch strolled by, shoulders rolling and head bowed in that familiar fashion, and then the penny dropped: it was corporate and media day ahead of the Royal London Cup final between Warwickshire and Surrey.…

Politics
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India Block Plan To Resuscitate Test Cricket

Hey England. Hey Australia. Hey South Africa. Hey New Zealand. Hey Pakistan. Hey West Indies. Hey 72% of international cricketers. You want a two-division structure for test cricket? Well tough luck. We’re the mighty BCCI and we do what we want. You can stuff your plan to save test cricket…

Best Of TFT
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Glorious summer

Some things can not be overhyped. A few events live up to every word of hyperbole. And occasionally our memories do not deceive us – the reality was every bit as good as our recollection. The 2005 Ashes, which began ten years ago this month, were one such passage of time.…

Player Spotlight
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Alastair Cook: Better Than Tendulkar Or Worse Than Mark Butcher?

He has just become the first Englishman to score ten thousand test runs, but the affection many English cricket supporters feel for Alastair Cook can’t be measured by statistics alone. He’s a middle-class hero, the embodiment of all that is quintessentially English: tough but unassuming, resilient but always polite, handsome…

World T20 2016
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Never Get Your Hopes Up

Three hours to almost win it. One minute to lose it. I’m not sure I can believe what I just saw. What looked like it was going to be a glorious night for English cricket suddenly turned into an all too familiar kick in the crotch. I suppose we should’ve guessed.…

Fun
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The Gods Of The Game

There’s not a lot going on this morning to be honest. We’re all waiting for today’s T20 to begin. So in the meantime he’s a a bit of light entertainment from Phil Ryan, who seems to have gone all Shakespearean on us … Bat. Check. White floppy sun hat. Check. Don’t…

Nostalgia
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Michael Clarke and Mitchell Johnson – Hyperbolic Nonsense?

Before we steam headlong into the World T20, we’ve got a change of pace for you. Over the next few weeks guest writer Sam Cox will be asking whether certain cricketers are worthy of a place in cricket’s hall of fame. He kicks things off today with a piece about  Michael Clarke…