The Long Room


What do cricketers' autographs tell us about them?
What do cricketers' autographs tell us about them?

Can those hurried scrawls reveal the private workings of a professional player's mind?

The corrida of uncertainty
The corrida of uncertainty

There is much to admire in the rhythm and timing of a batsman's leave-alone, which at times seems to borrow from the quintessentially Iberian art of bullfighting

Blistering Best
Blistering Best

Sometimes recreational cricketers get a chance to face players of international-calibre, and to stand 22 yards from a pace storm

A tale of two Yorkshire lads
A tale of two Yorkshire lads

The careers of two present-day England players have been noticeably intertwined since their days in youth cricket

Playing hookey for Shorty
Playing hookey for Shorty

If you were a cricket fan born and raised in Bangalore in the '70s and '80s, chances are you did everything in your power to watch Gundappa Viswanath bat

Legends in their own backyard
Legends in their own backyard

For a number of Australian greats down the years, cricket has begun rather close to home

Cricket's Pinteresque silences
Cricket's Pinteresque silences

The sport is full of pauses that enhance the drama, just like in Harold Pinter's plays

The effortless artistry of VVS Laxman
The effortless artistry of VVS Laxman

When you watched him bat, there was a sense that you were witnessing the creation of something beautiful yet not inaccessible

Meeting Mr Miandad
Meeting Mr Miandad

How a fan came to write the story of the Pakistani great's life

Back in ten
Back in ten

A one-time cricketer gets into whites again, and lives to tell the tale

You came, I saw, you conquered
You came, I saw, you conquered

Gum-chewing, ball-thwacking, awe-inspiring superstar Viv Richards is sixty today

Behind the scenes at Lord's
Behind the scenes at Lord's

As an ordinary person you don't get to see the workings of the home of cricket. Not unless you sign up as an archery volunteer for the Olympics

Australia: an infatuation
Australia: an infatuation

What was it about them that made them the team to follow for an Indian boy growing up 30-odd years ago?

Bradman versus Warne
Bradman versus Warne

What if the greatest batsman of them all had faced the finest legspinner ever?

Lessons from a middle-aged cricketer
Lessons from a middle-aged cricketer

Don't give up the game just because your joints are creaking. Take inspiration from these tales of a cricket-mad community

Dear Mr Arlott
Dear Mr Arlott

John Arlott wasn't just the voice of cricket. He was a source of comfort and hope to two cricketers who felt themselves alone against the cricket establishment

The electric art
The electric art

There's nothing more exciting in cricket than watching a quick man tear in with a batsman in his sights

Lashings v Crab? No complaints
Lashings v Crab? No complaints

What happens when a team of international vets faces off against Sheffield's finest club cricketers for charity?

A snooze, a smoke, a roar
A snooze, a smoke, a roar

The Test match-watching experience has changed over the years - the players' faces are obscured, the grounds are more coldly impersonal - but the buzz of a big game remains

Nine days in heaven
Nine days in heaven

A fan makes a long-anticipated pilgrimage to the home of cricket