The Briefing


It's time to admit that England vs India is just practice for the Ashes
It's time to admit that England vs India is just practice for the Ashes

Our correspondent focuses on the cricket that actually matters

Hey India, let your spare batters play for Sri Lanka, please?
Hey India, let your spare batters play for Sri Lanka, please?

Our correspondent tears himself away from Hundred Twitter to make a request to the BCCI

Move over WTC, the World Bad Behaviour Championship has a winner
Move over WTC, the World Bad Behaviour Championship has a winner

The WTC mace may have gone to the deserving victors, but only one man was really competing for the other crown

Australia, no one cares about your ball-tampering anymore
Australia, no one cares about your ball-tampering anymore

Our correspondent is fed up. And Steve Smith's boring YouTube channel isn't making him feel any better

Shakib Al Hasan really, really wants to play Test cricket
Shakib Al Hasan really, really wants to play Test cricket

But what can he do when the damn IPL keeps getting in the way?

India prove they are cheats by batting on turning pitches for decades
India prove they are cheats by batting on turning pitches for decades

And Sri Lanka Cricket doesn't even try to make our correspondent work for his jokes

Attention, Tim Paine: Niroshan Dickwella will see you now
Attention, Tim Paine: Niroshan Dickwella will see you now

Australia's captain really could use some help with his sledging game

The hottest contest right now is Shahid Afridi vs the universe
The hottest contest right now is Shahid Afridi vs the universe

And the LPL shows The Hundred how it's done

Chin up, Lanka Premier League, the bar has been set really low
Chin up, Lanka Premier League, the bar has been set really low

Also, will someone spare a thought for poor Geoffrey Boycott?

Why Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka is so watchable even when they aren't playing
Why Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka is so watchable even when they aren't playing

And what do you think of Prithvi Shaw becoming a Shastri lookalike?

It rains on everyone's parade but Jimmy Anderson's
It rains on everyone's parade but Jimmy Anderson's

And testing times continue for Mohammad Hafeez

Can we all be a little more like Mohammad Hafeez?
Can we all be a little more like Mohammad Hafeez?

His commitment to testing is admirable

Will they spray sanitiser at trophy presentations in the future?
Will they spray sanitiser at trophy presentations in the future?

This and other vital issues are tackled in this month's Briefing

The Coronavirus soap opera, starring KP, Warnie, Mahela
The Coronavirus soap opera, starring KP, Warnie, Mahela

Also featuring a pining Ravi Shastri

Is Tendulkar an Indian? Probably not
Is Tendulkar an Indian? Probably not

And is the Barmy Army the greatest set of travelling fans in sport ever?

Alas, poor South Africa
Alas, poor South Africa

How much worse will it get for du Plessis and company before it gets better?

Will someone spare a thought for the poor, wee, enraged cricketers?
Will someone spare a thought for the poor, wee, enraged cricketers?

Also: are Sri Lanka brilliant or dreadful? Answers on a postcard

Misbah can become the supreme leader of Pakistan cricket and we'll be okay with it
Misbah can become the supreme leader of Pakistan cricket and we'll be okay with it

In September, we laughed, we cringed, we looked on awe-struck, all under our umbrellas

Ishant Sharma knows you made fun of him and he's coming for you
Ishant Sharma knows you made fun of him and he's coming for you

In August in cricket, there were some major overhauls and some surprising results

Sri Lanka are so consistent they don't need a coach
Sri Lanka are so consistent they don't need a coach

In July in cricket, there was some intense loving, wooing and buck-passing