JULY 14, 2014

When the weak can resist the strong

Cricket and football give lesser teams and players a chance to hold out and sometimes even show up stronger opposition
Watching a No. 11 defy bowling that would on any other day finish him up in next to no time is very satisfying © Getty Images
JUNE 30, 2014

Cricket as a metaphor for life

Perhaps in no other game does the adage of playing the hand you're dealt apply as much as it does in cricket
JUNE 16, 2014

Why stadiums need a sense of place

In football, increasingly, it's hard to tell which city you're watching a game in. Cricket venues still maintain a sense of where they belong
JUNE 02, 2014

So how was your cricket weekend?

Did it involve getting locked in a coffee-shop toilet, getting off the bus in the wrong place, and discovering the Bopara pose?
MAY 20, 2014

The tragedy of fixing

Incidents that in a drama you'd reject as absurd you relish in sport because you know they actually happened. Until you stop believing that they actually happened
MAY 04, 2014

No cricket on Saturday?

A day off and no good cricket to go to - how's that possible with the jam-packed calendars of today?
APRIL 21, 2014

The Argentine connection

Football may be the dominant sport in Argentina today but it wasn't the first sport the British took there
APRIL 06, 2014

When sportsmen stop caring enough

The body and mind may be fit enough but athletes often retire when overcome by a profound weariness. Cases in point: Ponting and Swann
MARCH 24, 2014

How much of a sportsman's story do you need to know?

Journalists may crave the minutest details, but fans are happy to leave some things to the imagination
MARCH 10, 2014

On Twitter, sport is black and white

Sport has the capacity to forge bonds of connection, but it's hard to do that on platforms that encourage instant, reactive responses
FEBRUARY 25, 2014

Bigger, better? Sorry, no

Why does cricket have to succumb to the marketers' eternal need for everything to be bigger, flashier, and more in tune with youth - whatever that means?
FEBRUARY 09, 2014

Cricket's not a lost cause yet

Sackings, revamps, and poor crowds are dispiriting to witness, but your faith in the game is restored when you get thrashed by U-17s while being cheered on by sympathetic schoolchildren
JANUARY 27, 2014

Down and out in Galle

One of cricket's great attributes is that it has room even for the not-so-competent. Sometimes, though, that allowance does not seem to apply
JANUARY 13, 2014

Who's to blame when a player and coach fall out?

In football it's often clear whether a player's attitude or performance has a detrimental effect on the team. In cricket, that isn't so obvious from the outside
DECEMBER 30, 2013

The pull of sport during Christmas

Nothing makes a family get-together over the holidays more bearable than Test cricket on the telly
DECEMBER 16, 2013

Murder and mysterious cricket footage

The curious case of Test match footage used in a TV crime drama
DECEMBER 02, 2013

The grass must be green, the strip yellow

Unlike most other sports, cricket needs to look right to its fans, from the colour of the grass, the pitch and the stumps to the quality of the light
NOVEMBER 18, 2013

The perfect end

The best retirements require struggle, one last victory over the forces of entropy, the century made from unpromising beginnings through teary eyes
NOVEMBER 04, 2013

When Dad's Army did cricket, wretchedly

Television dramas have been historically poor at depicting cricket. Exhibit A: an episode of a well-loved British sitcom
OCTOBER 21, 2013

Do team-mates have to get along?

Dressing rooms are, after all, workplaces. Do you really need to make friends in there?