James Anderson bowls

The wrecking ball and the subtle knife

Ian Botham will soon be overtaken by James Anderson as England's leading Test leading wicket-taker. The two couldn't be more different from each other

New Zealand cricket

The Adam Milne conundrum

Osman Samiuddin, in the National wonders how New Zealand can fit Adam Milne into the XI with Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Kyle Mills, Mitchell McClenaghan and Matt Henry

ESPNcricinfo staff

Offbeat

The nature v nurture debate in cricket

In an article for Aeon magazine, David Papineau explores the idea of nature v nurture in cricket by comparing it with other sports

India in England 2014

Sledging, a blight on cricket - Boycott

Geoffrey Boycott, in his column for the Telegraph, believes dominating the opposition can happen without resorting to offensive behavior

Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell take a run during their 350-run stand

Bell and KP: a tale of two talents

It's inevitable that there will be those who want Ian Bell, newly installed in Pietersen's No. 4 spot, to be someone he's not

Joe Root miscues a sweep off Nathan Lyon

A crossroads for Joe Root

Long hailed for his extraordinary talent, Root is still to quite make good. And England can't afford to give him the time they gave a young Ian Bell to blossom