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English Cricket Is Ruined By Its Good Blokes

Already, the plane crash feels like it was a long time ago. Yet at the start of the year English cricket was a mess, a twisted mangled wreckage and, while the blackbox was never found, you assume it recorded little more than management speak and an insistence on ‘taking the positives’. Today, it can be hard to even remember the men that went down in that crash. We’ve arrived somewhere new, a place where the sixes are long, the slip cordons enormous and the managing director comprehensible. Yet...

What English cricket could *really* learn from rugby

The other day here at TFT, James reflected on one of 2014’s less-reported episodes of ECB misjudgement: their obsession with Stuart Lancaster. If you’ll forgive me, I’d like to give the subject one more airing (even though Dmitri has got in first). A quick recap. In March last year, Giles Clarke told the Evening Standard: Stuart Lancaster has done a fantastic job. In a very short space of time, he has sorted out English rugby. He’s talked the language of teams which Paul...

Brian Close, 1931-2015

There are a few things cricket blogs can do better than the mainstream press. Obituaries are rarely among them. I’d love to pay fulsome tribute to Brian Close, but I rather doubt I’d do him justice. Close was never England’s finest batsman or bowler. But he was the stuff of genuine cricketing legend. Pugnacious, rebellious, insanely brave, Close was one of the most colourful and fascinating figures in the history of English cricket, his career a rollercoaster ride of unwitting...

The Tom Harrison interview revisited

Last month, Tom Harrison – the chief executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board – gave his first full media interviews – to Sky Sports and Test Match Special – since taking up his post in January. It is to be regretted that in a climate of continuing political turmoil in English cricket its most powerful executive remained in the shadows for seven whole months. Did he wait quite so long to introduce himself to Sky, Waitrose or Investec? The public are by far the...

Ker-ching: part four

Throughout the 2015 international season we’ve been researching the price of tickets for England matches. We approached each host county and asked them to tell us how many seats they were selling, for each match, in which price brackets. Only Durham, Glamorgan, and Warwickshire, were prepared to disclose the exact number of tickets available for specific prices. For those grounds we were able to calculate the average ticket price. For the others, the best remaining option was to work out...

Balancing the tightrope

Although team selection issues may divide opinion, it almost goes without saying that the vast majority of English cricket fans are appalled by the ECB’s institutional conduct over recent years.  The carve-up of cricket the board agreed with Cricket Australia and the BCCI last year is in my view the most egregious of all of their misdemeanours, given its far-reaching implications for the entire game – but supporters are just as angry with the continued absence of cricket on free-to...

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