David Hopps


Hopps: 100-ball tournament betrays both fans and players
Hopps: 100-ball tournament betrays both fans and players

Many lovers of short-form cricket have been shocked by the ECB's 100-ball proposal and the response of the players over the coming weeks and months could be critical

Is winter coming to Yorkshire?
Is winter coming to Yorkshire?

The proudest of English cricket's counties is looking at dark days ahead, as its creaking home ground and financial difficulties paint a worrying picture

Immigration laws are affecting cricket's ability to build bridges
Immigration laws are affecting cricket's ability to build bridges

The value of cultural exchange through sport is huge, but we live in difficult, inflexible times

We need a bust of Brezzie
We need a bust of Brezzie

Almost a month has passed since his 142 in the Championship final against Middlesex, but there was enough in that contribution to sustain a Yorkshire fan through the winter

Who calls the shots in English cricket?
Who calls the shots in English cricket?

The top ten most influential people in English cricket? We've got a list

Why England's decision to tour Bangladesh is right
Why England's decision to tour Bangladesh is right

Every player has the right to decide for himself, but so also, the ECB needs to show a clear duty of care, assess the risks, and promote freedom where it can

English cricket must reach out and touch its public
English cricket must reach out and touch its public

Its image as an establishment game fits uncomfortably with the impulse to spread T20 cricket to a wider audience. Meanwhile, it needs to become relevant to as many people as possible

Could social media save the English domestic game?
Could social media save the English domestic game?

The likes of Twitter are spreading the word about the country's professional circuit more enthusiastically than newspapers ever did

Welcome to the new voice of cricket
Welcome to the new voice of cricket

A brave new experiment at the start of the English season and what it means for cricket writing

Last chance for protected counties to prove their worth
Last chance for protected counties to prove their worth

If the English game is to avoid going down the city-based franchise route, the onus is on counties to increase cricket's appeal within their communities

Is the game going to the dogs?
Is the game going to the dogs?

Cricket's future lies with the young, but that future is an uncertain one, as the latest furore over mankading shows

Cricket confronts its identity crisis
Cricket confronts its identity crisis

The sport is threatened by multiple-personality disorder. It needs to decide upon the virtues it wishes to protect, and speak with one voice

Cricket and the curse of conservatism
Cricket and the curse of conservatism

The recent day-night Test was greeted with suspicion - notably (and absurdly) by the statistically minded

Does the Cowdrey Lecture matter?
Does the Cowdrey Lecture matter?

For all its colonial baggage, the MCC's efforts as a lobby group to serve cricket's best interests are worthwhile and especially relevant today

Watling's century has its own majesty
Watling's century has its own majesty

While Brendon McCullum and Mike Hesson were both honoured by the Queen, an understated cricketer unlikely to attract royal attention played the considered innings that might well bring New Zealand victory

Born to serve
Born to serve

Andrew Strauss now faces a challenging task as an administrator: of shaping the same sort of success he achieved as a player

England coach must wield selection power
England coach must wield selection power

It is time to empower the England coach to take full responsibility for the team: either back Peter Moores or sack him

No country for folk heroes
No country for folk heroes

The debate about whether Eoin Morgan should sing the national anthem is typical of an English culture that demands its cricketers be both free-spirited and happy to conform

Pietersen stars in his own muppet show
Pietersen stars in his own muppet show

Kevin Pietersen's rubbishing of many aspiring English county professionals brings to mind the belief of Miss Piggy that "there is no one in the world to compare with moi"

A crisis that defines the age
A crisis that defines the age

Never mind cricket's absence from free-to-air TV - changes in social attitudes, the demands of work, and an individualistic age are all contributing to a decline in participation