Cricket

The BBC is killing cricket

15 January 2022 9:00 am

Full homage to the nail-biting cricketing miracle in Sydney, while bearing in mind that miracles, like lightning, rarely strike twice…

Why England lost the Ashes

6 January 2022 2:37 am

England’s wretched performance in the Ashes – which saw the side lose three tests and so the series to Australia…

The year sport and politics became inseparable

18 December 2021 9:00 am

Sport and politics have always been intertwined, but this was the year they became joined at the hip. Yorkshire racism;…

The ridiculous rehabilitation of Azeem Rafiq

27 November 2021 2:37 am

Has Azeem Rafiq been forgiven yet? He’s certainly working on it. After finding himself on both sides of a racism…

Why the Reds have got the blues

30 October 2021 9:00 am

Not so much the hair dryer: more a gentle home perm. Contemplating the increasingly less youthful visage of Ole Gunnar…

England’s shameful betrayal of Pakistan

2 October 2021 9:00 am

Any English person with a love of cricket knows life has its ups and downs. But until now we have…

Spain vs Italy: who would win the wine Test?

11 September 2021 9:00 am

In London, the weather is a gentle sashaying mockery. An Indian summer reminds us of the sullen apology of summer…

The absurdity of tennis players’ toilet breaks

4 September 2021 9:00 am

Forgive the personal question, but how long does it take you to, you know, go to the gents, ladies, non-binary?…

Can the Lions prise open the strong Boks?

24 July 2021 9:00 am

You would need a digger to explore the levels of irony in a Springbok chief slagging off an opponent’s dirty…

My 46 days on the road with John Woodcock

24 July 2021 9:00 am

Although it was a miracle that he survived until a few weeks before his 95th birthday, the death of John…

The hateful Hundred is putting cash before cricket

17 July 2021 9:00 am

This slick new tournament will ruin cricket

Ollie Robinson’s ritual humiliation

12 June 2021 9:00 am

One of the more egregious innovations of Chairman Mao’s cultural revolution was something called the ‘struggle sessions’. This involved the…

Portrait of the week: Pub staff shortages, a baby called Lilibet and a slap in the face for Macron

12 June 2021 9:00 am

Home The government pondered delaying the end of coronavirus restrictions on 21 June. But Chris Hopson, the chief executive of…

Judge Ollie Robinson on his cricket skills, not his tweets

10 June 2021 8:13 am

Ollie Robinson, who made his Test debut for England at Lord’s last week against New Zealand, is an outstanding cricketer…

Thoughts on a foreign clash of the English titans

15 May 2021 9:00 am

Thank heavens the Champions League final is being played in Portugal, now Turkey’s off the menu (sorry). It will certainly…

Outs-rage: the dumbing down of cricket

17 April 2021 9:00 am

So wickets are out and outs are in for the new Hundred competition. But why? The language of sport is…

What cricket will look like in 50 years

3 April 2021 9:00 am

After the thrills and spills and last-gasp excitements of England’s triple-headed series in India, the attention of the cricket fan…

How to breathe life back into European rugby

20 February 2021 9:00 am

French rugby has always been well stocked with boeuf but now it has added lashings of exceptionally tangy moutarde and…

Letters: Immunity passports are nothing new

20 February 2021 9:00 am

Too many bishops Sir: As a former Anglican clergyman, I have been following your articles about the current state of…

Portrait of the week: A royal baby, Boohoo buyouts and France legalises lunch al desko

13 February 2021 9:00 am

Home On Sunday 7 February, as the week began, 11,465,210 people in the United Kingdom had received a first vaccination…

Just not cricket: the BBC is failing the Test

6 February 2021 9:00 am

Michael Vaughan might disagree but — putting aside 2005 and all that — was there a more thrilling and satisfying…

Letters: The case for immunity passports

19 December 2020 9:00 am

Joy Sir: Alexandra Coghlan identifies the coincidence between the rise of recording and broadcast technology and the flourishing of the…

Farewell to Graham Cowdrey, cricket’s king of the dressing room

21 November 2020 9:00 am

So the Good Lord really wants to fill out his team: how else to interpret the passing in recent months…

Sporting spectacles to look forward to in lockdown

7 November 2020 9:00 am

‘At least there’s sport,’ said the woman in the supermarket queue. True enough, and in a welcome sop to an…

Football is better without the crowds

10 October 2020 9:00 am

The Liverpool defence might have decided in a rare show of togetherness to demonstrate what the word ‘appalling’ means, and…