“Success breeds popularity – people want a piece of it”: why women’s cricket continues its rapid rise

It was mid-afternoon on a muggy July Sunday when Anya Shrubsole put the finishing touches to the gold standard of World Cups. For one day shy of a month, English cricket put on a show like no other. It would be a spectacle with a fitting conclusion, with Shrubsole’s yorker

Cricket’s Great Regression

Teams from all over the world have touched down in Zimbabwe for the month-long ICC World Cup qualifiers.  You can imagine the only concern in ICC headquarters for the next month is the very real possibility the rebranded Windies will fail to make it to the champions trophy.. I mean World Cup, in England 2019.  They’re in group A alongside

“Fast bowling is something that is born within someone”: Steven Finn on the Ashes, dealing with disappointment and bowling quick

Since Steven Finn made his Test match bow against Bangladesh in 2010, 36 Englishmen have been handed their debuts in cricket’s toughest format. A debutant just seven months after Jonathan Trott made his international entrance and more than two years before Joe Root arrived on the scene, it is easy

“Being in Division One is massive” – Joe Clarke on Worcestershire promotion and an Ashes winter with the Lions

There is always a sense of interest surrounding an England Lions squad announcement. Who’s the next kid on the block? Who’s been left out of the main squad? Is there space for the old-stager having the season of his life? So, when the lucky seventeen had their names announced on 2nd

How an emphasis on local talent brought the glory days back to Chelmsford

After a remarkable unbeaten season brought Essex an unlikely first County Championship title since a dominant spell in the 1980s and early '90s, Nick Friend spoke to former Essex wicketkeeper Neil Burns about the similarities between this year's success and that of the previous great Essex sides. Without County Championship silverware

County season of poor batting comes at worst time for England

A county batsman in action

A number of established sides have struggled this season in Division 1 of the County Championship. Last season’s champions Middlesex were surprisingly relegated on the final day. Yorkshire, who won the title in 2014 and 2015, only narrowly avoided a similar fate while Warwickshire, perennial stalwarts and champions in 2012

The closest shave: How Buenos Aires almost halted the Afghanistan fairytale

In January 2009, Argentina hosted the ICC World Cricket League Division Three tournament. They were joined by Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea, the Cayman Islands, Uganda and, fresh from promotion from Division Four, a plucky Afghanistan side, defying civil unrest and everyday danger. However, another promotion followed and, eight years