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General view of a village cricket match in Blagdon, Somerset

Ethics and the 12th man

When a substitute fields for the opposition, he is expected to do his job with commitment. How straightforward is that?

A groundsman sweeps the dust off the pitch

No toss is fine, but what about the spinners?

If one of the intentions of doing away with the toss in county cricket is to encourage spin, the visiting captain should also be given the option of batting first

Players in the nets at Hanley Park



Breathless hitting, breathtaking spells: a short history of the incandescent Pakistani presence in the north Staffordshire leagues

Chris Gayle leaps onto the West Indies players' huddle

Why team spirit is no illusion

It may be fashionable to dismiss it as a figment of hindsight, but that doesn't mean it doesn't exist