Andrew Miller


Why a good thrashing would not be such a bad thing for England
Why a good thrashing would not be such a bad thing for England

Going by the record, England are due an absolute hiding at some stage against India. And that could have its upsides

Calling all passengers for day-night Tests in England
Calling all passengers for day-night Tests in England

In confirming their first day-night Test next summer, the ECB have taken another decisive step towards the city-based future that they believe will safeguard the sport

A cleansing process
A cleansing process

In the short term the game will mourn the loss of yet another veneer of innocence but the overwhelming emotion ought to be one of relief

England's cup of shame runs over
England's cup of shame runs over

This latest drubbing in India arguably represents a lower ebb than the ones before, and ought to give cause for concern for the future

Five captains, but no sinking ship
Five captains, but no sinking ship

Graeme Swann is as good a continuity candidate as England could have hoped to put forward

How good are this England side?
How good are this England side?

Andrew Strauss leads a ruthlessly competent outfit but it currently lacks the genius that underpinned the all-time great teams of the past

From one-man bands to world-beating team
From one-man bands to world-beating team

English cricket used to be about lone talents shining forth despite the chaos of the system. Now, though, it's all about the collective

Spirit of cricket? Surrender of series ...
Spirit of cricket? Surrender of series ...

The current contest ought to have been the best and closest Test series in England since that epoch-defining summer. Instead England are dormie-two at the halfway point

The end of innocence?
The end of innocence?

The ECB needs to trust its product if the very sanctity of cricket in the country is to be preserved against the ever-encroaching demands of international cricket

England's three-way vote of confidence
England's three-way vote of confidence

Never mind one captain across all formats, England have now installed three. It raises many questions but promises a fascinating ride

Fletcher's second coming his biggest test
Fletcher's second coming his biggest test

The challenge of preserving India's supremacy is greater for their new coach than when he was in charge of reviving England's fortunes

The best World Cup of all time
The best World Cup of all time

But the ICC's decision to chop out the Associates - especially Ireland, who were integral to the excitement - is both baffling and tragic

England had nothing left to give
England had nothing left to give

After living on the edge throughout the World Cup, England's campaign was ended by a thumping defeat as a worn out team finally imploded

England's destiny slipping through their grasp
England's destiny slipping through their grasp

Ireland's stunning victory has certainly enlivened the World Cup but has left England's game in an urgent need for revival

Bresnan's brilliance marks return of England's fire
Bresnan's brilliance marks return of England's fire

Tim Bresnan scalped Sehwag in his first over, claimed three wickets in four balls in his last, and was the only bowler on a night of extraordinary strokeplay who displayed the range of skills required

Prior returns as the pragmatic pick
Prior returns as the pragmatic pick

For the first time since 1992, England are heading to a World Cup with a side that believes it can take home the spoils

A man worth more than numbers
A man worth more than numbers

Paul Collingwood will be remembered as a cricketer who was greater than the sum of his parts

Swann owes much to his wilderness years
Swann owes much to his wilderness years

Swann's time on the sidelines has played a huge role in his transformation and England's recent success story

The shark and the pilot fish
The shark and the pilot fish

Pietersen's penchant for the big stage, and the fact that Bell is never happier than when slipstreaming a more prominent colleague bodes well for England

Ten tough years in Test cricket
Ten tough years in Test cricket

To dwell on Bangladesh's failings would be inappropriate on such a notable anniversary, especially at a time when they are awash with the sort of optimism not seen since those heady first moments