My favourite Martyn
My favourite Martyn

No Australian batsman in his time was easier on the eye

A Note on Comments
A Note on Comments

Thanks to all those commenting on this blog, both those agreeing and disagreeing

The View from the Doodle Cooma Arms
The View from the Doodle Cooma Arms

Does cricket reflect life

The Difference Between Retreat and Surrender
The Difference Between Retreat and Surrender

How many times had Ken Barrington batted out time in first-class cricket before being expected to do it for England

England's 'good cricket' makes failure worse
England's 'good cricket' makes failure worse

England’s good cricket doesn’t redeem its failure; it makes the failure worse.

Dogs of Warr
Dogs of Warr

It is a bad sign when a bowler’s presence reminds you of another’s absence, as Anderson’s does Simon Jones with every innocuous over

The Anti-Hick
The Anti-Hick

The worst thing about Michael Hussey is his nickname

Whose line is it anyway?
Whose line is it anyway?

Leg-theory in Adelaide almost triggered a riot seventy-three years ago

Postcards from Adelaide Oval
Postcards from Adelaide Oval

Operating instructions in the upright urinals beneath the Favell-Dansie Indoor Cricket Centre

South Park Conservatives
South Park Conservatives

In all, it is a ground on a scale and of a character a little more congenial to English visitors

A little DIY
A little DIY

For a weekend cricketer, a spectacle like Steve Harmison’s travails on the first day at Gabba is always poignant

What times!  What habits!
What times! What habits!

Australian cricketers are abjectly inoffensive according to a questionaire which includes, among several things, the bad habits of first-class cricketers

It never rains...
It never rains...

Rain here was always a phantom of English, and cricketing, imagination

Time for a Commercial Break
Time for a Commercial Break

Great concern this summer attended the arrival of the Barmy Army, whose songs, chants and general bonhomie, it was feared, would drown out Australian fans, and render Tests inhospitable – or, at least, interfere with time-honoured parochialism and

Leading Exponents
Leading Exponents

The Ashes embodies cricket's most traditional format: five five-day Tests played in white by daylight

A Tale of Two Lengths
A Tale of Two Lengths

The First Test looks like being a tale of two lengths

One-Man Bureaucracy
One-Man Bureaucracy

Duncan Fletcher: The New Illy?

Australia...you're standing in it
Australia...you're standing in it

England face two challengers his summer: a team and a country

The Sorrows of Young Marcus
The Sorrows of Young Marcus

One of the surprising features of Marcus Trescothick’s travails is that they should have befallen so consummate a professional

A life on the cricket-writing treadmill
A life on the cricket-writing treadmill

Andrew Ramsey's account of his days as a cricket journalist (and why he called it a day) is a fine book, but it ought to have gone further