NOVEMBER 25, 2014

England cricket participation in crisis

Alan Tyers: What's a country to do when its people fall out of love with the sport?
"I'll also need you to bowl seam-up and do the teas today" © Getty Images
NOVEMBER 25, 2014

Rohit's innings a symbol of ODI batting's changing mindset

Kartikeya Date: The recent trend of massive individual scores in ODIs owes to batsmen realising they can get a lot more out of each ball
NOVEMBER 24, 2014

England 3/1 for narrow SL surprise

ESPNcricinfo staff: As is traditional for an England tour party to the subcontinent, little is expected, particularly in one-day cricket. But coming up against under-cooked Sri Lankans they have a chance and are 3/1 to win the series 4-3.
NOVEMBER 24, 2014

Indian cricket

A peek at Pujara's process

Cheteshwar Pujara has had an eventful 2014. South Africa was good to him, New Zealand was colder with its reception, England was worse and now Australia beckons. He spoke with Adiya Iyer of Indian Express about statistics, his mindset and a bizarre dismissal when he was playing English county cricket - he was out handling the ball.

I am motivated by criticism, to be honest. I'm never hurt by it. Because I was taught very early in life that failure teaches you more than success ever can. So when I am not scoring runs, I am expecting criticism because I have already criticised myself for it. The idea is to challenge yourself before anybody else has an opportunity to. This is why nobody had to coax me to get a county stint in Derbyshire. I knew there was a problem and had already made up my mind to find solutions.

NOVEMBER 24, 2014

How much can you love a franchise?

Jonathan Wilson: Yes, money is important, and so is the quality of the contest, but there's also something to be said for soul, and meaning
NOVEMBER 24, 2014

Sangakkara asked to delay retirement by 200 years

R Rajkumar: Also: the duckface plague, excerpts from a PCB letter to the ICC, and more
NOVEMBER 23, 2014

English cricket

A battle for English club survival

Last week's figures about the decline in participation in English club cricket set alarm bells ringing although they were only confirmation of what many had been saying for years. The ECB has promised to take action to reverse the decline, but for some clubs - often with rich histories dating back decades - it may already be too late. In the Sunday Telegraph, Nick Hoult looks at the stories of various village and town sides that have hit hard times and speaks to those trying to balance the books and keep a vital part of the game alive.

Close geographically to Thixendale but a world away in terms of cricket is the Lancashire League, which once could rival county cricket for crowds and star overseas players. Now many clubs are faced with big debts and the days of signing overseas stars such as Allan Donald (Rishton), Learie Constantine (Nelson) and a young Shane Warne (Accrington) are long gone.
"It is in the league's rules that you have to sign an overseas player but you have to pay them a salary of over £5,000 for the summer, an air fare, you can't get car insurance for the summer for less than £1,500 and then you have their accommodation costs. Overall it is about £10,000 which could easily pay for three level three coaches doing 100 sessions a year with the kids," Michael Brown, the chairman of Burnley Cricket Club, said.

NOVEMBER 23, 2014

Australia news

Crowds must be encouraged at any cost

In the Sydney Morning Herald, Tim Lane states that the empty stands at venues during the Australia-South Africa series are a jolting reminder of how times have changed. He urges administrators to encourage more spectators at the ground, given that gate money is now a minor component of revenue in the sport.

Cricket Australia keeps telling us "but the television numbers are great". And this may be so. But we don't want the soul-less look of big cricket games in empty stadiums here that we see in too many other cricket nations. Tickets should be dirt cheap if that's what it takes. After all, gate money is now a minor component of overall revenue. Crowds must be encouraged at any cost.

NOVEMBER 23, 2014

Calm Shakib

Satish Acharya
NOVEMBER 23, 2014

Indian cricket

'I am not the next Kapil Dev'

Bhuvneshwar Kumar opens up to Jonathan Selvaraj of the Indian Express about his style of bowling, winning the Polly Umrigar award, and India's upcoming tour of Australia.

In the poker game between bat and ball, Bhuvneshwar knows he isn't the only one who can count his opponents cards. "Batsmen know that I swing the ball both ways so they will be ready for that. My goal is to delay what they think I am going to do until the last moment," he says. That, however, is something that doesn't usually happen. "The batsman isn't a fool. He knows what I am thinking. He will consciously plan not to get out in that manner. If he does get out, he usually gets out some other way because that's not where his focus is. So if the plan is to get a batsman out caught behind, I will probably only get him out that way around 20 percent of the time," he says.

NOVEMBER 23, 2014

The multifaceted Mr Ravi Shastri

Stuart Wark: We might know him better as a commentator, but in his day he was a fine spinner and, when called on, a gritty opener
NOVEMBER 22, 2014

Is Sarfraz Ahmed Pakistan's best wicketkeeper-batsman ever?

Kamran Abbasi: He may only be 12 Tests old, but his stats so far and the calm assurance he showed in Dubai mark him as one to watch
NOVEMBER 22, 2014

A post-mortem of England's 2015 World Cup campaign

Andrew Hughes: You've read enough previews and moaning, why not just skip right to the operational bits?
NOVEMBER 22, 2014

Australia cricket

A cricketer from Flinders Island

Flinders Island is located in the Bass Strait, between Tasmania and the mainland of Australia. It has no organised sport, and yet in the not-so-distant future it could have its first first-class cricketer. Writing in the Age, Peter Hanlon tells Ryan Lees' story.

He played in the first XI in his last three years of school, improving from medium pacer to genuine fast bowler, and relished testing himself against good opposition after a mate encouraged him to play in the Imparja Cup in Alice Springs. Lees is a seventh-generation Flinders Islander, indigenous through his father's side of the family. He describes his Aboriginality as "very important ... a big part of my life". Jason Lees doesn't ponder it often, noting that many Straitsmen generations back had Aboriginal wives. "We've just always classed ourselves as islanders and got on with everyone really."

NOVEMBER 22, 2014

The tale of a win that didn't come to be

Samir Chopra: Delhi were expected to coast to the Irani Cup title in 1982. Then came an outrageous chase of 421 runs
NOVEMBER 21, 2014

West Indies cricket

Lara's outback adventures

In an interview with Andrew Webster of the Sydney Morning Herald, Brian Lara recalls his earliest memories of cricket and the aggressive on-field encounters he had with the Australian side. While he refuses to name specific players, he admits that handling Glenn McGrath was particularly difficult.

"Yes, I can identify [Glenn] McGrath as being my nemesis. He got me out however many times. Shane Warne, Jason Gillespie, Steve Waugh, Ian Healy, Adam Gilchrist … None of them let up. I think I have a lot of respect for their teamwork. I was envious to see how they operated as a team and how they demolished teams I was involved with. It would be wrong to single out any player."

NOVEMBER 21, 2014

A day in the life of an elite umpire

James Marsh: Forgetting cricket is harder than it looks
NOVEMBER 21, 2014

Viva indoor cricket

Nicholas Hogg: It's one way to keep in touch with the game in the long, dark English winters
NOVEMBER 20, 2014

'Watching Bopara tie a tie is laborious and painful'

Alex Bowden: Speaking of excruciating, this week's round-up has more Michael Vaughan than you can shake a stick at
NOVEMBER 20, 2014

Fix the West Indies problem once and for all

Roger Sawh: Enough has been said about West Indies' countless player-board sagas. Just find a solution already