Cricket

Does the outcome of the Ashes dictate who wins a general election?

14 September 2019 9:00 am

Party speak Should the next Speaker of the House of Commons be a Labour MP on the basis that John…

Will Ben Stokes be the greatest cricketer of all time?

7 September 2019 9:00 am

Feeling depressed about politics? I hope not. Politicians don’t shape the world: they are the furniture movers, not the furniture…

Portrait of the week: Prorogation fury, cricketing glory and the PM’s pork pie

31 August 2019 9:00 am

Home The government sought to prorogue parliament on 10 September and have the Queen’s Speech opening the new session of…

Letters: Prince Harry has been searching for purpose since he left the army

31 August 2019 9:00 am

Harry’s army career Sir: I believe Jan Moir has misread the situation over Harry and Meghan (‘By royal disappointment’, 24 August).…

Bring out the biltong for Labuschagne, an Ashes hero

24 August 2019 9:00 am

Funny, the things cricketers put on their bats. England’s Jos Buttler has ‘Fuck it’ written at the top of his…

The magic and mystery of English cricket

18 August 2019 7:42 am

Nothing in cricket is quite as visceral, even quite as primeval, as the confrontation between a batsmen of the highest…

Steve Smith during the first Test Match between England and Australia last week (Getty)

Any true English cricket lover has to acknowledge that Steve Smith is a great hero

10 August 2019 9:00 am

During the World Cup (remember that?), Virat Kohli, the very model of a modern major cricketer, appealed to Indian fans…

Tim Rice at the cricket stump surrounded by Disney characters, by Michael Heath

Tim Rice: I left Lord’s during that cricket final… to see The Lion King

27 July 2019 9:00 am

As I left Lord’s at around 3 o’clock in the afternoon to go to The Lion King European premiere I…

England players celebrate a wicket as they battle Australia during the Women’s Ashes in Taunton (Getty)

Why women shouldn’t play Test cricket

27 July 2019 9:00 am

The name Cameron Delport might not be immediately familiar, but his exploits last week could mean more for the future…

When will man make it to Mars?

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Mars missions When will there be a manned Mars mission? — As early as 1962, Nasa studied the practicalities of…

Why nail-biting sports matches are good for mental health

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Why do we need tie-breaks and photo finishes? If competitors have been nip-and-tuck all the way, why can’t they just…

Why croquet beats cricket

29 June 2019 9:00 am

People say cricket is the quintessential English game. Those people are wrong. Cricket may have a longer pedigree, but it’s…

Ian Botham’s Ozzie Chardonnay is too good for the convicts

22 June 2019 9:00 am

Cricket is the most gracious of games. County grounds in the lee of cathedrals, village greens in the perfect setting…

It’s not just cricket: India vs Pakistan is the greatest rivalry in world sport

15 June 2019 9:00 am

There are plenty of much-anticipated contests in the 2019 Cricket World Cup. But nothing to compare with this Sunday’s match…

Letters: The consequences of a Corbyn government could be catastrophic

8 December 2018 9:00 am

Sleeping on the streets Sir: Mark Palmer claims that ‘homelessness is hardly a top government priority’ (‘Home truths’, 1 December). I…

The All Blacks: world-class time-wasters

17 November 2018 9:00 am

Marvellous team, the All Blacks, of course. But they certainly know how to waste some time. Here are some things…

As our World Cup hopes grow, let’s not fret about the brilliant Belgians

16 June 2018 9:00 am

Here’s a question: name some famous Belgians. Well there’s Kevin De Bruyne, Vincent Kompany, and Eden Hazard. And if that’s…

Twenty20 is making cricket great again

2 June 2018 9:00 am

Blame it on a marketing survey. In 2001, the England and Wales Cricket Board commissioned the biggest piece of market…

Gareth Bale’s megabucks are not a pretty sight

2 June 2018 9:00 am

I must have missed the memo when it became compulsory for major football matches to operate as a marketing opportunity…

Letters: Rod Liddle is right, Toby Young is wrong and Bruce Anderson must stop

5 May 2018 9:00 am

Campaign for real cricket Sir: Geoffrey Wheatcroft’s splendid article ‘Cricket, unlovely cricket’ (28 April) remonstrated against the threat to Test…

English cricket’s new tournament already looks doomed

5 May 2018 9:00 am

Difficult to know quite what to make of The Hundred, which has the feel of being knocked up on the…

Warner and Smith are paying for the sins of a generation of Australian cricket players

7 April 2018 9:00 am

When the much-admired (and very tall) literary agent Gillon Aitken died in October 2016, he left most of his estate…

Cricket’s ball-tampering scandal has been nothing but a tearful pantomime

7 April 2018 9:00 am

I haven’t seen so many men crying since the end of A Tale of Two Cities at the Scala Cinema…

When does cricketing banter cross the line?

17 March 2018 9:00 am

‘Good morning, my name’s Cowdrey.’ England batsman Colin, later Lord Cowdrey, to the Australian fast bowler Jeff Thomson. ‘That’s not…

More Ashes tours like this and long-form cricket will be in trouble

13 January 2018 9:00 am

So will the sight of poor Joe Root at Sydney, pale as a ghost and barely able to stand, heroically…