The Long Room


The myth of the elegant left-hander
The myth of the elegant left-hander

Why does the world insist that left-hand batsmen are naturally elegant and graceful?

The heart of the game
The heart of the game

To experience cricket in Barbados is to feel the game at its purest, most joyous

Losing my religion
Losing my religion

The change of guard in Indian cricket has pulled the rug out from under the feet of a generation of cricket watchers

Ode to a magazine
Ode to a magazine

Thirty-six years after it first began publication, Pakistan's best loved cricket publication closed its doors this April

A good year for the ladies
A good year for the ladies

Our correspondent tells of how the women in his family have taken to cricket with a vengeance, consigning him to non-playing status in the process

The Don and I
The Don and I

Bradman was supposed to be cold and aloof, but that's not how he came across to a pilgrim from India 15 years ago

High scores
High scores

Why few experiences in cricket can hold a candle to that of watching a game from the ramparts of the Galle Fort

Watching, hoping, praying
Watching, hoping, praying

When a nation came together to view a miracle

Good old-fashioned
Good old-fashioned

England's recent series in New Zealand was a refreshing throwback to a more peaceful era, before money got its grubby thumbs all over the game

Half the battle
Half the battle

Cricket is perhaps unique among team sports in that individual face-offs within the larger contests matter almost as much as the main event. Tendulkar v Lee, anyone?

Raised on radio
Raised on radio

In the West Indies, the relationship you formed with cricket was filtered through one omnipresent medium

Pommie among the enemy
Pommie among the enemy

An Englishwoman signs up to play for the same club side as Karen Rolton and Emma Sampson and lives to tell the tale

Wake up, tune in
Wake up, tune in

On the joys of watching cricket in Australia - both at the ground and at the crack of dawn on TV in India

One hand writing, one clapping
One hand writing, one clapping

Am I a writer with a fan inside me or am I a fan who writes? A cricket writer's perennial dilemma

Men of the people
Men of the people

In the West Indies, cricketers are not superstars - they're the boys next door

Sorcerer and apprentice
Sorcerer and apprentice

Warne v Pietersen, a cricket rivalry for the ages

Magic and chaos
Magic and chaos

A familiar madness has visited Pakistan cricket again. But all is not lost

No chat, no Ashes
No chat, no Ashes

Taunts and insults are as much a part of cricket as bats and balls, and never more so than during the Ashes

An over with Warnie
An over with Warnie

Facing an over from Shane Warne and living to tell the tale

Two beginnings
Two beginnings

Two memorable debuts from the 1996 Lord's Test