Jon Hotten

APRIL 15, 2014

You can't control talent, only channel it

Cricket runs the risk of going down the route of over-coaching, like in some other sports - which is not ideal in a game that is as much about art as about science
Will we increasingly see players prefer private guidance over their team's coaching system? © PA Photos
APRIL 02, 2014

Were England complacent?

Giles and Broad used the word to describe the team's performance in the World T20, but what it really describes is the attitude of their bosses
MARCH 26, 2014

Can bowling line-ups collapse?

It's a phenomenon that the T20 game is uniquely geared to produce, as the Ireland-Netherlands clash showed
MARCH 18, 2014

Coached by Goochie

How many of us can claim to have attended a masterclass with England's most prolific run scorer?
MARCH 04, 2014

Can Flower bring art to the science of coaching?

Great coaches understand the fluidity of technique, the role of imagination, the constant forward momentum of the game
FEBRUARY 19, 2014

The psychological dominance of Mitchell Johnson

The hold he has is not just on batsmen, it is on the collective imagination of everyone watching him bow
FEBRUARY 13, 2014

Cricket's constantly unfolding narrative

It may feel as though the game is at the peak of its evolution but it's only a matter of time before current events seem dated
FEBRUARY 07, 2014

Of Boycott, KP, and the ECB's alienation

The two are unalike as batsmen, but they share a tendency to speak plainly, have complex, sensitive personalities, and have found themselves made scapegoats at times
JANUARY 29, 2014

Just how bad was England's ODI series loss?

England abroad are almost always outgunned. This defeat was more or less inevitable, and that makes it hard to take
JANUARY 21, 2014

What being thrashed does

It can be a lightning-rod moment, a realisation that the world is a lot bigger and badder than you might have realised
JANUARY 08, 2014

Stokes is the future, the rest is dark

There has been no shortage of punditry and vitriol directed at Andy Flower and Co in the wake of the Ashes loss. They have their work cut out for them
JANUARY 01, 2014

DRS in the parallel universe

Whether it's used in a series or not, the review system has had an irrevocable effect on Test cricket
DECEMBER 25, 2013

In praise of voices of experience

Men like Geoffrey Boycott and Ted Dexter, who are still keen to be part of the cricket debate, part of the life of the game, are always worth listening to
DECEMBER 21, 2013

Why England need Eoin Morgan

Like Australia's Steven Smith, Morgan is unorthodox and audacious, and doesn't conform to England's straight-like thinking
DECEMBER 11, 2013

Close, Chappell and acts of courage

Some small deeds in the game's vast history endure, when others that dwarf them by numbers fade from view
DECEMBER 04, 2013

The importance of Bres

Workmanlike players like him can be pillars for teams, not to mention foils to a side's superstars
NOVEMBER 26, 2013

The quickest spell I ever faced

When up against really fast bowling, the unconscious functions required to see the ball and judge it are overwhelmed by the sheer speed of what is happening
NOVEMBER 21, 2013

KP: great player or player of great innings?

Pietersen has contributed to defining an extraordinary era in cricket. But the jury's still out on where he stands
NOVEMBER 12, 2013

What football rights have to do with the future of cricket

BT has paid a stratospheric amount for the rights to the Champions League. Cricket will probably feel the knock-on effects in time
NOVEMBER 05, 2013

Monty, Ayn Rand and cricket

A certain rubbishy pop-philosophy "classic" may be more about cricket than you think

Jon Hotten
Jon Hotten is the author of Muscle and The Years Of The Locust, neither of which is about cricket, and writes the blog The Old Batsman, which is. @theoldbatsman

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