Liam Cromar

Freelance cricket writer

@LiamCromar


The small-scale pleasures of Oxbridge matches
The small-scale pleasures of Oxbridge matches

Traditionally the season openers, the university matches are now in danger of being cut from a schedule that favours T20 glitz

Zero off zero
Zero off zero

Out without facing a ball? What does that feel like? A look at five of the most memorable diamond ducks in history

How do you feel about artificial pitches?
How do you feel about artificial pitches?

Unless they can exhibit the variety that turf pitches have, they risk devaluing the game by stripping away subtlety

Murder on the square
Murder on the square

Cricket was the backdrop for two recent murder mysteries on television, but why weren't the motives related to the game?

Seven reasons why the English summer will be special
Seven reasons why the English summer will be special

A date with Ireland, a day-night Test, and a Women's World Cup are among the mouth-watering fixtures in a packed season of cricket

How's that, Jennings?
How's that, Jennings?

No, not that one. It is time to tip our hats to a much-loved schoolboy series of books

The joys of (not) watching cricket
The joys of (not) watching cricket

Few other games lend themselves to taking your eyes off the action as much as ours does

Is it worth considering dropping the toss in Test cricket?
Is it worth considering dropping the toss in Test cricket?

The move has succeeded to some extent in the County Championship but extending it to the five-day game might not be the best idea

How I stopped worrying and learned to love declaration bowling
How I stopped worrying and learned to love declaration bowling

Why the captains' arrangement in the Middlesex-Yorkshire Championship game didn't feel unsporting

We need to reinterpret the wide down leg side
We need to reinterpret the wide down leg side

Why are bowlers in limited-overs cricket expected to perform the contradictory actions of preventing run-scoring and enabling it?

The particular pleasures of a 2-2 series
The particular pleasures of a 2-2 series

Aka the Desmond: always leaving you asking for more

Why we need in-game penalties for slow over rates
Why we need in-game penalties for slow over rates

If the paying public isn't to feel short-changed, administrators need to consider effective ways of disciplining teams

The five-step model for Pakistan fans
The five-step model for Pakistan fans

It's hard not to be moved by a team that gives equal parts joy and sorrow, and is never for a moment dull

How super is the Super Series?
How super is the Super Series?

Is the splitting of points across formats in a series a good idea? Not quite, given the way it's being implemented

Thank God it's not the Ashes
Thank God it's not the Ashes

A year without England v Australia contests makes for a nice change of pace

What is nets?
What is nets?

Practice can mean a whole lot of things

The problem with West Indies' siege mentality
The problem with West Indies' siege mentality

We've heard that it's them against the world, but is it really that way?

Does sledging drive people away from the recreational game?
Does sledging drive people away from the recreational game?

It would be illogical to say it is the sole reason, but it definitely contributes - and that's a pity

Indoor cricket at the Olympics?
Indoor cricket at the Olympics?

If the collisions don't leave you befuddled, the rules will

The mark Chanderpaul left on me
The mark Chanderpaul left on me

His retirement has not only marked the end of an era in batting, it marks for some of us the snapping of the final link to childhood