England’s batting has got really, really bad and there are no obvious solutions

Jonny Bairstow bowled

England are bad and the takes are hot. The defeat to Pakistan at Lord’s, completed with indecent yet entirely fitting haste on the fourth morning of a match the tourists had dominated from the start, felt unusually significant. Lord knows England have lost matches before. Lord knows they’ve collapsed before. But there was something undeniably…

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Guha: ECB must retain women’s T20 tournament when Hundred launches

Former England bowler Isa Guha says the ECB must ensure there remains top-level Twenty20 cricket for women when the controversial 100-ball tournament launches in 2020. The Hundred will run as both a men’s and women’s competition but, while the men’s T20 Blast will continue, the successful Kia Women’s Super League – and its teams –…

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A hundred reasons: England cricket’s 2020 farce

Hundred

“This is 100-ball cricket, a simple approach to reach a new generation. Based on 15 traditional six-ball overs, the other ten balls will add a fresh tactical dimension.” The most astonishing passage from an astonishing press release as the ECB proudly announce their latest wheeze to Save Cricket. Part Marks & Spencer advert, part gibberish,…

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Unanswered questions after England’s winter of discontent

Having spent five months concealing it behind their other myriad flaws, England ended a bleak Test winter with a timely reminder of their inability to run through a tail. In both innings at the Hagley Oval New Zealand were able to wriggle off the hook and ultimately escape with a deserved draw and series win,…

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Australia has lost its collective mind

Smith

On Sunday March 25 2018, Australians all over the country woke to some shocking news. Australia had cheated at cricket. While the rest of the world simply shrugged and thought “Well of course they have,” before chortling at the Baldrick-like cunning of the whole sorry enterprise, Australians were inexplicably but genuinely surprised. As son looked…

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Wagner, Stokes treat us to ‘Proper Test Cricket’

There are many things that make cricket the greatest of all sports, and not all of those things involve hastily shoving homemade sandpaper down your underpants. One of the non-homemade-sandpaper-down-your-underpants reasons is its unique dynamic. A series of individual contests within a team framework. The evening battle between Ben Stokes and Neil Wagner lit up…

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