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Bumble’s Guide To Old Trafford!

After one Test match off I will be back in action this week – and what a place to return: Old Trafford on home soil. It is of course a place I know well – and I’ll hope to sneak at least one night out if Mrs Lloyd allows me as I live just eight miles away.

Aaron Finch Can Blast Yorkshire To T20 Glory

The general consensus is that 2014 is a big year for t20 cricket in England and Wales. Despite inventing the format in 2003 we’ve had to look on enviously as more glamorous tournaments in India and Australia have stolen the limelight.

Peter Hayter: It’s Time To Loosen The Gag And Tell The Truth

Some years ago it was my task, on behalf of a group of reporters covering a county cricket match at the Oval, to approach one of the umpires after close of play to ask why he had felt it necessary to step in when one of the Surrey batsmen squared up to a couple of the Gloucestershire players that afternoon.

Yorkshire Can Put The Rest In A Spin Thanks To Dizzy

IT’S THAT time of year again where I make myself look silly by giving my predictions for the summer ahead. It’s been a winter to forget but I can’t remember the last time there was this much excitement and anticipation for a county season.

Eoin Morgan Must Be Ready If Alistair Cook Continues To Fail

The last time England were hammered 5-0 by Australia, the England and Wales Cricket Board responded by commissioning a report from Ken Schofield, the former executive director of golf’s European Tour, into how and why it happened and he responded with a 19-point plan to overhaul English cricket intended to make sure it never happened again.

Will MacPherson’s Diary from Down Under – Dispatch 4

Well the second Test didn’t go to plan did it? England’s meagre resistance lasted just short of an hour on Monday as their lower order, many of them accomplished batsmen, inexplicably came out hooking and flailing when, surely, the situation called for them to bat time and attempt to tire their rampant opponents out.

Diary from Down Under – Dispatch 1

I’ve been in Melbourne since last Tuesday and the city’s passion for the game is visible everywhere. There are Ovals on every corner and the detection of my Pom accent has, without fail, led to heated discussions about the game, much to my amusement.