Andy Zaltzman

FEBRUARY 11, 2014

You can't sack 42% of a player

Which is why England had to fire Kevin Pietersen completely. And renounce his reintegration to the side in 2012
Expect journalists to infer how Alastair Cook is feeling based on the surface area of his stubble, the definition in his jawline and the sunkeness of his cheekbones © AFP
FEBRUARY 04, 2014

A sneak peek at England's new backroom staff

Starring Srini, Miley, Ban Ki, Andy Z and a number of other superstars
JANUARY 28, 2014

Cricket fans don't pay to watch administrators

And they don't care about the worm that is politics. What they care about is the sport and the collective good
JANUARY 21, 2014

Sri Lanka's epic anti-pressurisation of batsmen

When you give away more singles than dot balls, it clearly means you're using an umbrella made of bread
JANUARY 14, 2014

A golden age of cricketing travel sickness

In which we explore the magical world of whitewashes and why teams seem to be so rubbish at touring these days
JANUARY 07, 2014

How would a treacle-smeared poodle bat?

Or: an investigation into England's remorselessly bar-lowering performance in Sydney
DECEMBER 31, 2013

A statistical breakdown of England's breakdown

What do you do when your side has been on the wrong end of a leathering? You seek solace in the numbers is what
DECEMBER 25, 2013

Cook's Christmas wishlist

Is there any silver lining in the 3-0 loss? Likely not, but a valiant attempt will be made nevertheless
DECEMBER 18, 2013

Oh dear, England

Is there any silver lining in the 3-0 loss? Likely not, but a valiant attempt will be made nevertheless
DECEMBER 12, 2013

WACA, England's blackhole

England need to cross a statistical hurdle of stellar proportions if they are to win the third Ashes Test
DECEMBER 10, 2013

Michael Clarke's reverse polarity and other mysteries

Also, conclusive proof that Alan Mulally was the equal of Don Bradman as a batsman
DECEMBER 03, 2013

Four unarguable statistical reasons why England will play well in Adelaide

And for the superstitious, there are anti-stats to ward away evil with
NOVEMBER 26, 2013

How growing a moustache can improve your all-round skills

A review of the first Ashes Test reveals startling facts about the weather and facial hair
NOVEMBER 20, 2013

The Official Confectionery Stall Ashes Preview

Andy Zaltzman provides the almost-definite preview of the Ashes series and why England should, could, or might not retain the urn
NOVEMBER 19, 2013

The year 1AT begins

The one-man encyclopaedia of stats is gone, but his numbers are now footnotes in history along with West Indies' awful ones from this series
NOVEMBER 05, 2013

What if Sachin pulls a hamstring in Kolkata?

The Confectionery Stall's advanced-level cricket examination goes boldly where no cricket quiz has done
OCTOBER 24, 2013

Time for a declaration treaty (and, no, I wasn't asleep on TV)

South Africa's remorseless progress towards complete domination, and the lack of a contest, made for tough viewing but I managed to stay awake
OCTOBER 23, 2013

The experience of Switzerland-like neutrality in Dubai

The curious case of watching cricket as a neutral observer in Dubai, one of the world's odder places
OCTOBER 07, 2013

One-off saucepan sizzlers

Part two of the flash-in-the-pan XI features bowlers who rattled the opposition once and then went off to lead a peaceful, non-violent existence
OCTOBER 01, 2013

The All-time Flash-in-the-Pan XI

Players who burned bright briefly? Here you go

Andy Zaltzman
Andy Zaltzman was born in obscurity in 1974. He has been a sporadically-acclaimed stand-up comedian since 1999, and has appeared regularly on BBC Radio 4. Zaltzman's love of cricket outshone his aptitude for the game by a humiliating margin. He once scored 6 in 75 minutes in an Under-15 match, and failed to hit a six between the ages of 9 and 23. He would have been ideally suited to Tests, had not a congenital defect left him unable to play the game to anything above genuine village standard. He writes the Confectionery Stall blog on ESPNcricinfo.

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