Why now, AB? Questioning the timing of De Villiers’ retirement

No, it’s not a cleverly contrived conspiracy to detract from the Ashwin Willemse versus Nick Mallett controversy. AB de Villiers, indeed, has retired from all forms of international cricket – with immediate effect. Wednesday’s announcement will be viewed as out of the blue by many, but the signs have been there for a while. Regardless,…


Grumpy old Graves risking it all as he presses ahead with Hundred fiasco

Colin Graves, chairman of the ECB and the ex-Costcutter mogul, doesn’t strike one as a chap who is down with the kids, does he? No, he strikes me as a classic passive-aggressive grumpy 70-year-old Yorkshireman. I know this because I was raised around such men. He tried to justify the appalling 100-ball tournament on Monday…


A hundred reasons: England cricket’s 2020 farce


“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,…


Australia has lost its collective mind


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…