“I was not put on this earth to play cricket”: Lewis Hatchett on missing half a rib cage, the stigma of body image and an extraordinary drive to defeat adversity

Sat opposite Lewis Hatchett in a coastal tearoom bustling with activity on a rare sun-drenched afternoon, it is difficult to fathom that the former Sussex seamer is anything but the archetypal fast bowler. Tall, broad shouldered with a confident stride, his retirement two summers ago at the age of just

Sarah Taylor: cricket, anxiety and a dog

On first impressions when England wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor met me on a busy southwest London road, she emanated a bubbly confidence. So, it surprised me when she told me later during the interview she had been feeling anxious about our meeting. Her friendly nature was infectious. She insisted on carrying a rather

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

ESPN releases new streaming app

U.S. based global cable company ESPN has announced a new streaming service called ESPN Plus that will cost $4.99 per month and will launch this spring. ESPN, owned by The Walt Disney Company and Hearst Communications, says the offering will be built into ESPN’s main mobile app which will go

“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

The amateur club producing English cricket’s next generation

The London postcode of N8 is somewhat unprecedented. As one strolls through the winding residential streets – each one leafier than the last, it is hard to believe that this affluent suburb could be any different from any other borough in the capital. Yet, behind row upon row of semi-detached homes

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