Cricket

Close of play

23 September 2017 9:00 am

This retiring is a hectic business. When I said in June that it was going to be my last year…

Swagger and squalor

16 September 2017 9:00 am

This is a monumental but inevitably selective survey of all that occurred in Britain, for better or worse, in the…

Which way will Lord’s leap?

2 September 2017 9:00 am

In the rarefied circles of the sporting establishment a decision will soon be made affecting not just the future of…

England’s new heroes were real Test Match specials

5 August 2017 9:00 am

The weather forecast last Saturday promised 100 per cent likelihood of rain. I like that formulation: it doesn’t leave much…

What stopped Stoppard?

29 July 2017 9:00 am

Two programmes this week presented two radically different world views, or rather ways of life. Aditya Chakrabortty’s series for Radio…

Test of time

22 July 2017 9:00 am

I first walked into the Oval as a small boy in the early 1950s. My family home was in Brixton,…

The keys to the kingdom await

8 July 2017 9:00 am

Give them all peerages as far as I’m concerned: if you can pick up a gong for bunging a few…

High life

8 July 2017 9:00 am

A funny thing happened on my way to lunch last week. I opened the Daily Mail and read a few…

The biggest threats to gorillas (Cincinnati Zoo not included)

4 June 2016 9:00 am

Gorilla warfare Harambe, a 17-year-old gorilla, was shot at Cincinnati Zoo after he started dragging away a boy aged four…

Cricket needs a top-to-bottom overhaul: here’s how I’d do it

28 May 2016 9:00 am

No place for the faint of heart, Headingley, and certainly not for some sketchy Sri Lankan batsmen at the back…

Revealed: the true and unrepeatable secret of Leicester City’s success

14 May 2016 9:00 am

A few years ago a motivational speaker brought out a smart little book called Legacy: What The All Blacks Can…

The Archers v the cricket: which was the more dramatic?

9 April 2016 9:00 am

It was a toss-up on Sunday between the atmosphere in the Radio Five Live Sports Extra studio in Kolkata for…

Reasons to be cheerful about cricket, football and the Grand National

2 April 2016 9:00 am

Well the sun is out, the sky is blue, and poor Boris Johnson is taking such a pounding from Matthew…

Two big hitters leave the crease: Brendon McCullum and Hugh McIlvanney

5 March 2016 9:00 am

Two great men have just bowed out from their chosen trades and it is bloody sad. The New Zealand cricket…

The angry young bowler who could take the West Indies back to the top

20 February 2016 9:00 am

In the north of Antigua, just by the medical school, is a neat little cricket ground. It was a bit…

Novak Djokovic, the world number one, said that he turned down US$220,000 to throw a match. (Photo: Getty)

This could be the year that sport starts to die

30 January 2016 9:00 am

Like religion, sport can take any amount of passion in its stride. It’s indifference that’s the killer. Sport can be…

In most state schools, cricket is a dead ball game

23 January 2016 9:00 am

England’s cricketers won a remarkable Test match inside three days in the bearpit of Johannesburg, a victory that put them…

Every Test match should have a Ben Stokes (or even a Chris Gayle)

9 January 2016 9:00 am

On Sunday morning a friend texted: ‘You watching the big bash, or the domestic stuff down in Australia?’ On one…

From the dismal to the delightful: the year in sport

12 December 2015 9:00 am

So long, then, to another thrilling year of sport in which the full range of human possibility — from the…

Sir Ian Botham is a hero – and a fool

28 November 2015 9:00 am

In 1981, when I was ten and Ian Botham was 26, I thought he was God. Now, the week after…

From the archives: W.G. Grace’s legacy on the Western Front

29 October 2015 9:00 am

From ‘W.G.’, The Spectator, 30 October 1915: The late Dr. W.G. Grace had become in his lifetime a legend, and he is…

W.G. Grace, by W.T. Wilson, 1887: Grace is beginning to show signs of the gluttony that marked his late career

Sport’s first celebrity: W.G. Grace

10 October 2015 9:00 am

Should you wish to have a good copy of the 1916 edition of Wisden, cricket’s annual bible, you should be…

Alastair Cook's victory for character, calm – and cunning

22 August 2015 9:00 am

The roar of the Premier League is beginning to drown out everything else in sport (there’s even Friday night football…

Why nothing in sport beats thrashing the Aussies at cricket

15 August 2015 9:00 am

Adelaide airport, 2006. One of those serpentine check-in queues that bring you face to face with a long series of…

Mario Balotelli (Photo: Jamie McDonald/Getty)

I've loved football for decades. Now I dread the start of the season

8 August 2015 9:00 am

What a terrific summer of sport it’s been: a wonderful Wimbledon, a rollicking Royal Ascot, an absorbing Ashes series that…