AuthorBilly Crawford

Why I just can’t fall in love with T20

Stanley Kubrik subtitled Dr Strangelove, his superb Cold War satire, How I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb. I really wanted to call this article How I learned to stop worrying and love T20 but I just can’t bring myself to do it.  I should be able to. After all, I don’t need sports to go on for days to be able to enjoy them. I am a passionate football and rugby fan, both of which complete an entire encounter before a Test match has even reached lunch on the...

T20 is the real threat to Test Cricket, not poor pitches

In the last week there has been an extraordinary amount of media hyperbole about the condition of the pitch for the 3rd Test in Ahmedabad, where England succumbed to a humiliating two day defeat. The general opinion seems to be that such pitches are a threat to the very existence of Test cricket. In the Daily Telegraph, Simon Heffer even suggested that the wickets taken in the match should be disregarded by the Wisden Almanack.  Of course, the pitch was substandard and prepared with India’s...

Time to end the selection merry go round

It is commendable that England are considering their players’ wellbeing, both mental and physical during this arduous year of international cricket. Covid restrictions have been greatly difficult for all of us but particularly for those who are virtually confined to hotel rooms for months on end. Allowing players to rotate home, almost like the military, is an excellent idea. However, as they tend to do, the England management have taken a good scheme and somehow turned it upside down. ...

The Curious Case Of Jofra Archer

Here’s Billy Crawford with his thoughts on Jofra’s summer … This season was undoubtedly the summer of James Anderson and Stuart Broad. The two old stagers raged against the dying of the light and occasionally against journalists on Twitter. For another bowler, however, it has been a rather different summer. Last year Jofra Archer was the great hope of English cricket. Against Australia at Lord’s he had produced the most terrifying spell of fast bowling seen in an Ashes contest...

Glorious Guildford

Today Billy Crawford talks about his favourite county cricket outground. What’s yours? There are few pleasures in life quite like a day spent at a county outground. I am sure you all have a favourite one. Perhaps it is the picturesque surroundings of the Cheltenham Festival or historic Scarborough where the history of Yorkshire cricket drips from every blade of grass. Mine has always been the Guildford Cricket Club, where Surrey have played most seasons since 1938. From the outside the...

Welcome Back

Live cricket will finally return to our TV screens tomorrow (if the weather behaves). How we’ve all missed it. Billy Crawford is here to celebrate the belated start of the English summer … This week marks the long awaited return of competitive cricket to our televisions and radios. It may seem trivial in these difficult times but, after the challenges of the last few months, it will provide a welcome relief for many of us. As Gary Lineker said upon the resumption of Premier League...

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