Jon Hotten

Jon Hotten blogs here. @theoldbatsman

Chris Gayle celebrates his double-century

Chris Gayle is alive and great

Whatever his persona and supposed attitude towards the game, Gayle has had a huge impact on cricket

Peter Willey and George Sharp walk into the field

Let's embrace all of cricket's ages

Peter Willey and George Sharp's dispute with the ECB highlights how we tend to look at what people can't do after a certain age rather than what they can do better

Viv Richards pulls hard

I saw Richards in his prime

Watching Garner, Richards and King punish England left a young fan awestruck at Lord's

Ian Ward speaks to Alastair Cook

The importance of cricket punditry

It may have started out as a bit of televisual fluff but it now is crucial in shaping perceptions of the sport

Lasith Malinga bowls

It's all in the arm angle

Baseball teaches us that deliveries that make the batsman rethink premeditated responses will succeed more often than not

Alastair Cook plays a leg of darts against James Anderson

What cricket can take from darts

It's simple, it's TV-friendly and it has a promoter who can tailor the product for its audience

Virender Sehwag and David Warner added 146 in just 70 balls

All Sehwag's children

Batsmen like David Warner will lead the game into the next generation. One man heralded the trend

Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan dropped the ball after they both went for a catch

The joy of the excuse

They help you forget the fact that you're not a very good player