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English cricket

Hussain, Gooch and other post-captaincy case studies

Feb 8, 2017: A closer look at the fates of Alastair Cook's predecessors who played on after stepping down

Andrew Miller

How do batsmen cope with the intensity of their lonely skill?

Oct 26, 2016: Digging the pitch, repetitive body movements, talking to themselves, superstitious behaviour, visualisation - different ways that batsmen deal with the pressure of their profession

Michael Bond

'A captain should be judged on how he influences the side'

Jan 27, 2014: Mike Atherton, the former England captain, talks about the pressures of leadership, the demands of TV and print journalism, and the problems with the ICC's revamp plan

Interview by Subash Jayaraman

ICC's revamp plans

Atherton condemns Big Three plan

Jan 27, 2014: Michael Atherton has condemned proposals to put power to run international cricket in the hands of India, England and Australia as the end of an idealistic notion that the game can be run for the benefit of all.

ESPNcricinfo staff

It's a draw!

Dec 9, 2013: After Darren Bravo's superb effort in Dunedin, a look at some other famous match-saving innings in Tests

Steven Lynch

ESPNcricinfo for Cricket Summit

Atherton calls for more even distribution of game's profits

Nov 19, 2013: Mike Atherton, the former England captain, has called on cricket's most powerful nations to do more for the wellbeing of the weaker Test teams

ESPNcricinfo staff

England news

Strauss, Hussain among those out of England running

Oct 9, 2013: Andrew Strauss, Angus Fraser and Nasser Hussain have all confirmed they are not in the running to replace Hugh Morris as managing director of England cricket

George Dobell

When Atherton's men broke the hoodoo

Aug 20, 2013: The Ashes were long gone and England were in disarray, but a young captain and a greenhorn bowling trio produced a victory to remember

Interviews by Nagraj Gollapudi

The demeaning of Fred

Jun 23, 2012: Andrew Flintoff's outburst against Michael Atherton only serves to tarnish the way we would like to remember him best.

David Hopps

World Cup 2011

MacLaurin slams 'crazy' England schedule

Feb 7, 2011: Lord MacLaurin, the former chairman of the ECB, has laid into the "crazy" schedule that England's cricketers have been subjected to in Australia this winter, but believes it will have little bearing on their performance in the World Cup

Andrew Miller

Sports Journalists' Association Awards

Mike Atherton named Sports Writer of the Year

Mar 9, 2010: Michael Atherton, the former England captain, has won the UK's top honour for a sports writer, being named Sports Writer of the Year for 2009 by the Sports Journalists' Association

ESPNcricinfo staff


Sabina farce

Feb 13, 2009: Following the abandonment of the first day's play in Antigua owing to a sandy and dangerous pitch, we look back 11 years to the scene of another curtailed Caribbean Test, the first of the1997-98 West Indies-England series

Martin Williamson

Stanford and the WAGs

Girl trouble

Oct 30, 2008: Allen Stanford was caught on camera getting rather close to some of the England players' partners

ESPNcricinfo staff

Aakash Chopra

Athers, Sunny and I

Oct 7, 2008: An opener on his inspirations

Can bat, can bowl, can't write

Aug 18, 2008: All too few top-level players have the writing skills to match. So why are they increasingly making inroads into the cricket media?

Christian Ryan

England v South Africa, 1998

Donald denied by Dunkirk defiance

Aug 3, 2008: When South Africa came to England in 1998, they were expected to take the series. Then the script went awry

Interviews by Simon Lister

South Africa v England, 2nd Test, Johannesburg, 1995

Iron Mike makes a fist of it

Jul 11, 2008: When Atherton produced a guts-and-glory classic at the Wanderers

Interviews by Nagraj Gollapudi


Shaking hands with a despot

Jun 28, 2008: When Michael Atherton met Robert Mugabe

Martin Williamson

Run, run, run

May 28, 2008: Batsmen who have been let down by their - or others' - running

Andrew Miller and Martin Williamson

Christopher Martin-Jenkins

The Major steps back

Apr 6, 2008: Set to retire from the Times, Christopher Martin-Jenkins talks about past times, present gripes and future plans

Stephen Fay
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