Rob Steen


Why are most captains inevitably batsmen?
Why are most captains inevitably batsmen?

Batsmen have always been preferred over bowlers for the leadership role. Is there any merit in such thinking?

Five proposals to improve Test cricket
Five proposals to improve Test cricket

We now have a championship in the offing. What else can the game do to better the five-dayer?

How dared they?
How dared they?

An appreciation of captains' innovative declarations, bowlers' bold tactics, and batting feats that no one expected

Here's to Test cricket conferences, not divisions
Here's to Test cricket conferences, not divisions

Some teams are understandably opposed to a two-tier format. Two conferences, with a championship match between the leading side from each, might be more viable

Do you watch sport for drama or excellence?
Do you watch sport for drama or excellence?

The Perth and Mirpur Tests brought the old question to the fore once more

One afternoon at the Cricket Writers' Club
One afternoon at the Cricket Writers' Club

The organisation's 70th annual lunch provided food for thought about where the game is going, and then some

Let's leave five-dayers alone, shall we?
Let's leave five-dayers alone, shall we?

Why a reduction to four days may not be quite the best idea for the future of Test cricket

Should cricket have been ruthless with Amir?
Should cricket have been ruthless with Amir?

There's a case for saying the authorities should have made an example of him for the sake of the game, but then cricket has always stood for second chances

Is Sobers cricket's Muhammad Ali?
Is Sobers cricket's Muhammad Ali?

The planet's loudest mouth and cricket's prettiest assassin had plenty in common

What is cricket's equivalent of Leicester's triumph?
What is cricket's equivalent of Leicester's triumph?

There isn't one because we don't have a points system or a Test championship to make it possible

Should sportspersons love to win or hate to lose?
Should sportspersons love to win or hate to lose?

And a singalong chant for the England team

Why T20 is more a team game than the other formats
Why T20 is more a team game than the other formats

In a format where the outcome of one delivery can dictate the result, every single contribution makes a difference

Why not make administrators our role models?
Why not make administrators our role models?

It's time the people running sport start setting better examples

In praise of imperfection
In praise of imperfection

Cricketers carry the baggage of having to be noble. But just how do you define nobility?

Whatever happened to the clever nickname?
Whatever happened to the clever nickname?

Cricket is particularly short of them these days. A look at what we've been missing

Watching America watch cricket
Watching America watch cricket

Might the game have found a foothold in the USA if not for Babe Ruth?

Is the County Championship anti-spin?
Is the County Championship anti-spin?

England's slow-bowling cupboard looks bare because of the tournament's spinner-unfriendly pitches and its sapping and lopsided schedule

Does Stokes have it in him to lead?
Does Stokes have it in him to lead?

He exudes authority but has the ability to remain one of the lads, which distinguishes him from the other worthy contenders to succeed Cook

How about state funding for Tests?
How about state funding for Tests?

Lord Patel's appointment to the ECB could bring the endangered format to the forefront, both financially and otherwise

Here's looking at The Oval
Here's looking at The Oval

The occasional Ashes dead rubber notwithstanding, there's something about this south London venue that inspires