Tour Diary


Ice-cold in Brontë country
Ice-cold in Brontë country

Never mind Fred, Brian and Geoffrey, you can learn plenty about Yorkshire character from Emily, Charlotte and Anne

Learning the sounds of Indian cricket in Mohali
Learning the sounds of Indian cricket in Mohali

ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent gets caught up in the chanting of a rather sparsely populated PCA Stadium on her first time covering Test cricket in India

Grasping the depth of drop-in pitches
Grasping the depth of drop-in pitches

In Melbourne, Sidharth Monga tries to understand the science and logistics behind the idea of drop-in pitches, and that they are not as complicated as he expected

The ground which gave cricket Kumar Sangakkara
The ground which gave cricket Kumar Sangakkara

There is one international cricket ground where it is okay to make schoolboy errors. That's because the Asgiriya Stadium in Kandy is home to the teams of Trinity College, who have played at the picturesque location chiseled out of the hillside for almost

Not a shot you just get on with
Not a shot you just get on with

Australian cricketers and the public are known for their certainty and clarity when it comes to cricket. That has gone missing as they struggle to come to terms with Phillip Hughes' death

Catching practice with South Africa
Catching practice with South Africa

South Africa train Sri Lankan schoolchildren to raise money for the country's blind team

Old address, new home for Usman Afzaal
Old address, new home for Usman Afzaal

Usman Afzaal's new restaurant Slumdog, located bang opposite Trent Bridge, is all set to witness a Test match for the first time

A background score to idle afternoons
A background score to idle afternoons

Musings about cricket in England, randomly thought, reread and rewatched on the nine-and-half-hour flight from Mumbai to London

Service with a smile
Service with a smile

Bangladesh's cricket team may not have impressed many, but their team of volunteers at the World T20 has

The anthem's call
The anthem's call

Do you feel a pull when you hear the song of another nation?

Soothing and familiar Dhaka
Soothing and familiar Dhaka

ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent Andrew Fernando discovers the cuisine, language and residents of the capital of Bangladesh reminds him of home

Fresh graduate cashes it in
Fresh graduate cashes it in

A 22-year-old from the town of Te Aroha went home with NZ$100,000 after taking a one-handed catch on the Seddon Park grass bank

Supporting WI for almost 50 years
Supporting WI for almost 50 years

West Indian supporters have been few and far between in New Zealand, but in the shade on the Hamilton boundary one recalls his years of following the team

Walking through history at Tolstoy Farm
Walking through history at Tolstoy Farm

Once a crucible for Mahatma Gandhi's philosophies of community living and civil disobedience, Tolstoy Farm is now a desolate place a few kilometres away from the suburb of Lenasia

A tent against the torrent
A tent against the torrent

With a state-of-the-art drainage system, a 12-foot-high tent protecting the pitch and groundsmen working hard day and night, Supersport Park in Centurion has all the resources at its disposal to negotiate a rain threat

A night of celebrating Mandela
A night of celebrating Mandela

Taking in the scenes outside Nelson Mandela's house in Houghton in Johannesburg, on the night he died

Small crowd creates big atmosphere
Small crowd creates big atmosphere

More than 4000 people attended the Abu Dhabi Test on each day, adding much-needed colour in the sterile setting

Working in the dark
Working in the dark

A powercut in Harare left most parts of the city without electricity, forcing our correspondent to search for a plug point and an internet connection

How yoga healed Bryan Strang
How yoga healed Bryan Strang

With more and more cases of depression in cricket, Firdose Moonda catches up with Bryan Strang, who had to deal with his own problems, and found a way to overcome them

The experience of arriving in Zimbabwe again
The experience of arriving in Zimbabwe again

One of the excitements of touring Zimbabwe occurs long before one arrives in the country. Getting there is an experience on its own