Scott Oliver


How much motivation can statistical targets provide?
How much motivation can statistical targets provide?

Pre-season anticipation often inspires one to set goals, but when this takes the form of chasing numbers, the effect can be stultifying

Why we need needle
Why we need needle

We all enjoy watching a little pettiness, bad blood and low-grade squabbling between players, let's admit it

Can you get your eye in before you get in?
Can you get your eye in before you get in?

How soon before teams turn to virtual reality to facilitate the process?

Does promotion and relegation really foster competition?
Does promotion and relegation really foster competition?

It makes teams use all sorts of methods to stay alive - harming themselves and the sporting culture in the process

What's the right sort of body language on the field?
What's the right sort of body language on the field?

Confidence, annoyance, impassiveness - the absence or presence of these emotions doesn't always convey what you're hoping it does

Is it time to change the Bodyline Law?
Is it time to change the Bodyline Law?

Permitting just two fielders behind square on leg is generally harsher against fingerspinners than other kinds of bowlers

Is a catch still a catch if grass grazes the ball?
Is a catch still a catch if grass grazes the ball?

Cricket has plenty of grey areas that can't be addressed by technology or clarified by the laws

T20 or ODI: which one's more conducive to upsets?
T20 or ODI: which one's more conducive to upsets?

The shorter the game, the greater the chances? Perhaps not

My 5600-mile golden duck
My 5600-mile golden duck

Our correspondent travels to Connecticut, USA, to play a club game - alongside Adam Sanford and against a motley expat crew

How Northants have embraced success through white-ball love
How Northants have embraced success through white-ball love

A nostalgic look at the team's limited-overs' wins since the '70s

Ethics and the 12th man
Ethics and the 12th man

When a substitute fields for the opposition, he is expected to do his job with commitment. How straightforward is that?

No toss is fine, but what about the spinners?
No toss is fine, but what about the spinners?

If one of the intentions of doing away with the toss in county cricket is to encourage spin, the visiting captain should also be given the option of batting first

The problem with upholding the umpire's call
The problem with upholding the umpire's call

The purpose of arriving at correct decisions using the DRS is undermined by the need to not undermine the umpire's authority

Out in the cold with Chris Lewis
Out in the cold with Chris Lewis

The day the former England allrounder turned out for a club side to bowl 30 overs in a beanie

Players and umpires need to get along better
Players and umpires need to get along better

If the two parties can each have more trust and empathy for the other, it would reduce the number of incidents of bad behaviour in club cricket

Why team spirit is no illusion
Why team spirit is no illusion

It may be fashionable to dismiss it as a figment of hindsight, but that doesn't mean it doesn't exist

How do you counter T20's negative impact on spin?
How do you counter T20's negative impact on spin?

The format has forced the game to evolve at every level, but not all of it has been for the better

My Ottis files
My Ottis files

When Ottis Gibson arrived in Staffordshire for a club stint in the late '90s, he won hearts with his down-to-earth nature and kudos for his cricketing nous

When entertainment becomes intrusion
When entertainment becomes intrusion

Broadcasters' desire to get in players' heads for the sake of good TV is beginning to affect game play

T20's spiritual brother
T20's spiritual brother

Darts and cricket have plenty in common, and darts owes cricketers a tiny bit for its unexpected popularity as a televised spectator sport