JUST A few years ago Amy Jones was prowling the boundaries of England Women’s international games in search of autographs from her favourite players. Now the Warwicks wicketkeeper admits it’s a strange feeling to be playing alongside them.
Matt Prior has always put the team first and that’s what he’s done again by effectively ending his England career. For that he has to be applauded.
Judging by the dead eyes and drawn features on his master’s face in the post-match Press exposure following England’s defeat to India in the second Test at Lord’s, you would not want to have been a cat in the Alastair Cook household when he got home.
I was only nine years old when India won their first Test match at the Home of Cricket. I’d just started taking cricket seriously and even at that tender age I realised that winning a Test match at Lord’s was a serious business.
ANY lingering doubts as to the importance of lower order runs were dispelled once and for all last week at Trent Bridge where England and India reached stalemate largely thanks to the efforts of those not normally renowned for their batting exploits.
GLOUCESTERSHIRE’S Will Tavare is as surprised as anyone at his prolific run-scoring this season.
It looked desperate for England following a big Indian first innings total coupled with a poor start, but Alistair Cook’s men ultimately managed to secure a draw in the First Test with India at Trent Bridge.
Northants seamer Tim Lamb believes his county had no right to claim their second ever trophy when they beat Essex to win the Benson & Hedges Cup.
The first ever county v county cricket fixtures for deaf cricket takes place this weekend in an event which promises to open up new opportunities for deaf cricket in the UK.
For England pacemen life has improved immeasurably since Angus Fraser ran in, according to one observer “looking like he’d caught his braces on the sightscreen”.
I know I’ve got a cracking job at the best of times but I’m being spoilt this week. I love going to Headingley and after a fabulous Test match I’m back today for what promises to be a cracking t20 Roses match.
Thanks to their loss against Sri Lanka in Leeds this week, England have now had their worst run of Test matches without a win – eight to be specific – since they managed the same over a period covering the second half of 1996 and early 1997.
The 2014 Cricket County Championship has a long way to go yet, having only gotten underway at the start of April, but of course betting started on it much sooner – and most bookmakers released early odds well before a bat touched a cricket ball in earnest.
Times members can follow cricket on the go like never before, with video highlights sent direct to your smartphone and tablet on The Times new sports app.
Well, the dust has probably settled enough now to talk about life without Peter Moores. As players we all probably feared the worst once Andy Flower moved aside because we knew that for five years we’d been working with one of the finest coaches in the game.
CLAIRE Taylor knows full-time professional contracts herald a new dawn in women’s cricket but she is not jealous about missing the boat.
Andy Pick does not believe that county cricket will again see the likes of Clive Rice and Richard Hadlee, who retired after leading Notts to the County Championship and NatWest Trophy double.
IT IS six years since Brenton Parchment played Test cricket but, with the help of Haslingden, the jet-setting all-rounder still holds the faintest of hopes for a return to the top.
IT took a long time to build the county ground at Chelmsford and it looks like taking even longer to rebuild it.
Tuesday May 20 marks the tenth anniversary of Andrew Strauss’ Test debut, the beginning of an international career in which he excelled as a batsman and took England to the very top of world cricket as captain and leader.
BLACKPOOL might not be many people’s favourites to win the Northern League but in new addition and Namibian international Christi Viljoen they might just have found their trump card.
YORKSHIRE captain and among England’s first generation of professional female cricketers – Lauren Winfield has a lot to be excited about.
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.
Today is a very big day for English cricket and that’s why the selectors have been so safe with the squad they have chosen for the game against Scotland in Aberdeen.
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.