SEPTEMBER 14, 2014

Playing Ajmal

Satish Acharya
SEPTEMBER 14, 2014

The Lahoris in the Champions League

Hassan Cheema: They don't quite inspire the awe that their legendary predecessors did, but they will do well if they keep the cricketing traditions of the city alive
SEPTEMBER 13, 2014

Only when I bowl the doosra!

Andrew Hughes: Saeed Ajmal goes to the doctor after coming down with a nasty case of the chucks
SEPTEMBER 13, 2014

Dynamic Test team performance analysis

Anantha Narayanan: An analysis using a comprehensive methodology that identifies the best teams and their dominant periods in Test history
SEPTEMBER 12, 2014

Bowling actions

Is cricket finally ready to throw the book at chuckers?

While commending the ICC's recent drive against bowlers with suspect actions, Malcolm Knox, writing in the Sydney Morning Herald, says it will be really big news when a bowler from one of cricket's big three nations is reported.

What would be even bigger news is when the law comes down on a bowler from Australia, England or India. Of those so far caught in the ICC's crackdown, all belong to the nations now designated "second-tier". The big test will come when a bowler with a suspect action plays for one of the big three.

Where cricket has failed on chucking in the past, it hasn't been due to cricketing matters. It's been when politics and power have oozed in to overrule and bully those who are meant to enforce the laws. The ICC seems to be on the right course, finally, but so far it has only gone after the little-guy nations. We'll really fall off our chairs when it is able to successfully prosecute the big guys.

SEPTEMBER 12, 2014

Durham 11/10 for Royal London triumph

ESPNcricinfo staff: Momentum is everything and Durham have it in spades at the moment, three big wins on the spin see them finishing their season on a real high and they are 11/10 to finish the year with a Royal London Cup final victory.
SEPTEMBER 12, 2014

Yorkshire feels like Yorkshire again

Dave Hawksworth: Fans born after their era of dominance that ended in the late '60s had grown tired of tales of woe. Their Championship victory finally gives us a reason to brag
SEPTEMBER 12, 2014

What the Indian calendar is doing to its bowlers

Kartikeya Date: R Ashwin and Ishant Sharma's lack of first-class experience and consequent decline in skills speak volumes about the BCCI's skewed priorities
SEPTEMBER 12, 2014

How clean is your bowling action?

Sidin Vadukut: Confused about your degree of straightening? Here's a ready reckoner
SEPTEMBER 11, 2014

India cricket

Ten of Sehwag's best

Speaking to All Out Cricket, Virender Sehwag has discussed ten of his favourite hundreds, from his first in Ranji cricket to scoring an ODI double. No. 2, the "perception shifter", is his maiden Test ton:

I had played about 30 one-dayers before my Test debut. Everyone was saying that I was a very good one-day player but my technique was not that great so I could not play Test cricket. I was waiting for the chance to prove everybody wrong. I scored a hundred in my debut Test against South Africa, batting at No.6, so that was the message I sent to my critics. I was always convinced I had the technique for Test cricket.

SEPTEMBER 11, 2014

'Pulling out a nose hair is the most painful experience'

Alex Bowden: Fear, suffering, and how to cope with both in this week's Twitter round-up
SEPTEMBER 11, 2014

Missing cricket? Don't stop playing

Nicholas Hogg: For several retired pros, life after cricket has meant more cricket. Permanently shutting out the game is harder than it looks
SEPTEMBER 10, 2014

Cricket brings out raw emotions

Akshay Loomba: The majority of the crowd that booed Moeen Ali at Edgbaston did not have race or religion in their mind. But a smaller section did, and that should not be condoned
SEPTEMBER 10, 2014

What will cricket be like 50 or 100 years from now?

Jon Hotten: It's a daunting thought because it feels like the game has already completed its evolution, leaving little wriggle room
SEPTEMBER 10, 2014

More exclusive earth-shaking excerpts

Andrew Hughes: It's the book you can't wait to read. It's the book we've got a sneak peek of
SEPTEMBER 09, 2014

England cricket

How much have England changed since 1979?

Writing in his blog, the Old Batsman, Jon Hotten recalls the 1979 World Cup final he watched at Lord's and assesses how much England's approach has changed since then in ODIs.

A win in Friday's final match was welcome, but as meaningless as any in the 3,451 ODIs that have followed that long-ago day at Lord's. England's current methodology is from around the mid 2000s of that number; they're still quite excited to score 290, and still quite daunted by the pusuit of it. The rest of cricket, meanwhile, roars on into a future that is being written from the bottom up - through T20 into the 50 over game - rather than the top down.

SEPTEMBER 09, 2014

The Shastri effect

Satish Acharya
SEPTEMBER 09, 2014

Indian cricket

Would Dhoni have given strike to Dhoni?

After the much talked about T20 between England and India ended with the hosts' win, questions are still being asked about MS Dhoni's tactics to not give Ambati Rayudu any strike in the last over. For the Indian Express, Daksh Panwar writes that it was an issue bigger than the denied singles.

The thing is, there is no denying that the current India captain is a great leader, in that he leads from the front. But is he a great leader of men? The only way to test that is with a hypothetical question. Had this brooding, grey-haired Dhoni and his younger, long-maned self found themselves in a similar situation to yesterday's game, would current-day captain Dhoni have given the free-spirited slugger Dhoni the strike?

SEPTEMBER 09, 2014

What's the verdict on Cook and England? Take the quiz

Andy Zaltzman: The Annual End-Of-The-English-International-Summer Confectionery Stall Multiple-Choice Quiz
SEPTEMBER 09, 2014

Moeen Ali: England's man of the summer

Kamran Abbasi: He has won respect with his cricket doing the talking, not letting himself be crushed by shameful boos from fans
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