Jon Hotten


Gayle at sunset
Gayle at sunset

If these ODIs are his last bow in England, then he will go out as he came in, demanding to be watched (but not heard)

England's unheralded bowlers are their silent heroes
England's unheralded bowlers are their silent heroes

On paper, they are an unassuming, unlikely bunch, but with unspectacular labour, they have been delivering results

Is Chris Lynn killing the good-length ball?
Is Chris Lynn killing the good-length ball?

He is able to hit the bowler's stock ball back over his head for six. How will the bowlers respond?

Ramprakash and Hick: the men who know
Ramprakash and Hick: the men who know

Two so-called unfulfilled talents are now at the top of the tree in coaching batsmen. Does that compute?

It might be time to undo some of our theories about the game
It might be time to undo some of our theories about the game

Michael Lewis' new book suggests we often make judgements based on flawed reasoning. Let's learn from it

What Gayle tells us
What Gayle tells us

T20 batting will move on from him, but for now, as he stands on the verge of yet another monolithic landmark, he is a reminder of what is possible in the game

The return of Peter Roebuck
The return of Peter Roebuck

The typescript pages of his newly discovered diaries from 1986 provide an intimate window into the man's thoughts and reflections

The sad pleasures of the KP sunset
The sad pleasures of the KP sunset

At 36, Kevin Pietersen still exudes the aura of a superstar. It is a pity that international cricket no longer has the benefit of his presence

What is a cameo?
What is a cameo?

We've all seen them: innings of throwaway flair that transport us. But how exactly do you define one?

Why you need to master defence to score runs
Why you need to master defence to score runs

Technique is a servant, not a master. Take the example of Jonny Bairstow, and his successful comeback to the England Test side

Why geography is increasingly ceasing to matter in Test cricket
Why geography is increasingly ceasing to matter in Test cricket

A Test tour is no longer challenging for the main reason it used to be: unfamiliarity

Are we living through a new era of spin?
Are we living through a new era of spin?

Warne and Murali's big turn has given way to something more subtle

To hold on to the past, seize the future
To hold on to the past, seize the future

A suggestion for those who don't want to see the county game consumed whole by T20 leagues

The discreet charm of the County Championship
The discreet charm of the County Championship

The competition retains a certain purity precisely because it is unfashionable and anachronistic, and is not loaded down by the requirements of television and sponsors

Morgan's problem
Morgan's problem

He has been a galvanising, socialising force in England's limited-overs cricket, but does not enjoy the support that Alastair Cook does

What good are Test rankings?
What good are Test rankings?

They don't really provide narrative shape to the uncoordinated mess that is the FTP, but they can occasionally provide a compelling story - as they did this week

England's batting future is here
England's batting future is here

The likes of Jason Roy, Sam Billings, Ben Duckett and Daniel Bell-Drummond will fill grounds and keep the game alive for the next generation of fans

The hinterland of 40
The hinterland of 40

At Lord's we saw three in-between scores of the sort that are as likely to annoy the selectors as excite them

Three men in a box
Three men in a box

Just as the game has changed, so has the way it is talked about

Gayle's problem
Gayle's problem

The acknowledgement he craves as a cricketer has become more distant for him, and he only has himself to blame for it