Eng v Pak 2016
Judgement Day At HQ

This game couldn’t be more fascinatingly poised. Pakistan are approaching a lead of 300 and the pitch is beginning to turn a little. Personally, I think the visitors probably have enough runs already. But there is a glimmer of hope for England: the pitch is dying and edges are frequently dropping…

Eng v Pak 2016
Exposed – Day Two At Lord’s

So then … was it a bad day at the office or the shape of things to come? Only time will tell. It was clearly Pakistan’s day at Lord’s yesterday. England would be staring down the barrel had the tourists caught better. Pakistan’s bowlers were simply too good for our batsmen.…

Eng v Pak 2016
Test Cricket Is Back – Day One At Lord’s

I love a proper day’s cricket. And I love it when people older than me score test centuries. Yesterday was therefore a winner. The day obviously belonged to Misbah, the smiling, press-up-ing, Pakistani lynchpin. What a player. What a man. And what a moment when he reached his century – at…

Eng v Pak 2016
Forget Amir, Let’s Focus On The Cricket – 1st Test Preview

You know what? I’m actually quite excited. It’s been a while since we’ve seen some competitive test cricket and I’ve rather missed it. Although the World T20 was entertaining, and England did surprisingly well the reach the final, tense test cricket reaches the parts other sports cannot reach. Limited overs games,…

Eng v Pak 2016
Bring Back Bell. Now.

England’s middle-order is wobblier than a toddler’s temperament. It’s based on hope rather than expectation. And now that Joe Root has been moved up the order, due to a misguided notion that the best player must bat three, it’s looking weaker than a glass of shandy Bass. So why oh why do the…

Eng v SL 2016

Dawson Catches The Eye – T20 Report

It makes me smile when there’s a solitary T20 bolted on to the end of tours. The scorecard usually reads ‘only T20’ rather than the ‘1st T20’. And it’s true, yesterday’s game was ‘only’ a T20, however, I suspect there might be broader implications to this one. England’s star bowler yesterday…

Talking Points

Who Is Cricket’s Ali?

No, I don’t mean Moeen Ali. I’m talking about Muhammad Ali, the greatest boxer of all time, who sadly passed away on Saturday morning. Mo might have scored a few runs up at Durham, but he’s got a long way to go before he can be compared to the sportsman…


The Full Toss Meets Devon Malcolm

At one point I didn’t think I’d live to tell this tale. The venue was the Lord’s Academy. The bowler was Devon ‘you guys are history’ Malcolm, and the batsman was, erm, little old me. And to think that I actually volunteered. The occasion was a promotional event for Play…


Do The Maths: 4 Points For A Test Is Not Enough

At first I was incredulous. Then I was angry. Yesterday we were told that Sri Lanka’s tour of England will be decided by a points system – an idea I initially supported when it was floated a few weeks ago. Although I’m a purist at heart, I recognised that something…

Best Of TFT

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

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

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.…


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…


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…