Scott Oliver

Freelance writer


When VVS Laxman turned out to bat for Pudsey Congs
When VVS Laxman turned out to bat for Pudsey Congs

Did you know about the time, 25 years ago, when the Indian batsman plied his trade for clubs in the Bradford Cricket League?

Like father, unlike son
Like father, unlike son

Many sons have followed their fathers into cricket, but they haven't always played for the same sides

Bat till you can't bat no more
Bat till you can't bat no more

Harbhajan Singh picks a team from among the best cricketers he played against

Who needs Warne when you've got Katich
Who needs Warne when you've got Katich

Stuart MacGill picks a team from among the best cricketers he played with

Four Kiwis, three keepers, 11 for all time
Four Kiwis, three keepers, 11 for all time

Scott Styris picks a team from among the best white-ball cricketers he played with

The Thorpedos: spinners, pacers, fiery run-makers
The Thorpedos: spinners, pacers, fiery run-makers

Graham Thorpe picks a team from among the best cricketers he played with

My Beefy and my Lamby long ago
My Beefy and my Lamby long ago

Mike Gatting picks a team from among the best cricketers he played with

English with a hint of Aussie
English with a hint of Aussie

Nick Compton picks a team from among the best cricketers he played with

All hail the grim reaper
All hail the grim reaper

If you were an England batsman of the 1990s and 2000s, the chances were pretty high McGrath had your scalp in his bag

Nine of mine and a couple of theirs
Nine of mine and a couple of theirs

Graham Gooch picks a team from among the best cricketers he played with

Snap, crackle, flop
Snap, crackle, flop

Five players who made Man of the Match on debut, and never again

'India are a powerhouse because cricket is in their blood. We shouldn't be jealous of that'
'India are a powerhouse because cricket is in their blood. We shouldn't be jealous of that'

Nasser Hussain looks at the state of the world (and English) game

Thorpey and Gilo mug Sri Lanka
Thorpey and Gilo mug Sri Lanka

Fresh off an inspiring win in Pakistan, England headed to Sri Lanka in 2001, and proceeded to pull off an epic upset

'One of the worst things you can do is try to copy someone else'
'One of the worst things you can do is try to copy someone else'

Kumar Sangakkara opens up about the mental side of the game: dealing with the pressure of expectations, big finals, verbals, and captaincy

Bunny dearest
Bunny dearest

Five great bowlers and the batsmen they loved to get rid of

'I'd be a dinosaur if I could come back as an animal'
'I'd be a dinosaur if I could come back as an animal'

Harbhajan Singh on reincarnation, the music he plays in the dressing room, bingeing on Netflix, and the fastest bowler he faced

Good old Mushy by the sea
Good old Mushy by the sea

The oldest of the English counties had punched under its weight for over a century - until a pint-sized colossus rolled into town in 2003

The piranhas that ate tourists
The piranhas that ate tourists

A look back at how sundry teams of ordinary folk performed stunning acts of giant-killing for the Minor Counties against Test teams visiting England

Part-time golden arms
Part-time golden arms

Five batsmen not quite known for their bowling prowess who took match-winning five-fors

Dean and Daz make merry in Melbourne
Dean and Daz make merry in Melbourne

When England snatched the 1998-99 Boxing Day Test from Australia's firm grasp