Cricket

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…

Hallelujah! The England cricket team is fun again

4 July 2015 9:00 am

Something wonderful is happening in English cricket. The Ashes are upon us and, at last, the England team seem determined…

The twilight of Tiger Woods

27 June 2015 9:00 am

A car crash is a terrible thing, but hordes of people still slow down to cop an eyeful on the…

Peter Oborne’s diary: My Pakistan cricket tour, and what the ‘no’ campaign needs

6 June 2015 9:00 am

For the first time since the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team six years ago, a Test match side…

Ten steps to save English cricket

16 May 2015 9:00 am

If you watched England’s three-day Test defeat by the West Indies in Barbados the other day to the bitter end…

However daft English cricket gets, there’ll always be Wisden’s obituaries

18 April 2015 9:00 am

He’s a tall man, Kevin Pietersen, and he casts a long shadow. It loomed large over the Long Room at…

I miss the days when French rugby was great. Thierry Dusautoir must, too

7 March 2015 9:00 am

It used to be such a treat of a winter weekend, sitting down to watch France against Wales in Paris…

The Cricket World Cup needs minnows

21 February 2015 9:00 am

Graeme Swann arrived late for the last cricket World Cup. His wife had given birth before the tournament and he…

One-day cricket can make even a turbo-charged century tedious

24 January 2015 9:00 am

What a remarkable innings that was in Johannesburg earlier this week when South Africa’s admirable Hashim Amla carried his bat…

The myth of Steven Gerrard

10 January 2015 9:00 am

‘As a leader and a man, he is incomparable to anyone I have ever worked with.’ Obviously quite some guy,…

When a cricket ball cost Britain an heir to the throne

6 December 2014 9:00 am

A fatal shot The sad death of Australian batsman Philip Hughes was a reminder that a cricket ball can kill.…

International cricket must return to Pakistan (and my team went first)

15 November 2014 9:00 am

In a tiny courtyard just off the teeming alleys of Lahore’s old town, a young Pakistani boy in a gleaming…

The secret kinship of good wine and good cricket

25 October 2014 9:00 am

A high proportion of wine-lovers also enjoy cricket, and vice versa. This might seem natural. Anyone with an aesthetic temperament…

Pietersen’s unlikely Passage to India

18 October 2014 9:00 am

A typical Merchant-Ivory film, their biography informs me, features ‘genteel characters’ whose lives are blighted by ‘disillusionment and tragic entanglements’.…

The unbearable vanity of Kevin Pietersen

11 October 2014 9:00 am

Seven years ago Kevin Pietersen produced his first attempt at autobiography, Crossing the Boundary: The Early Years in My Cricketing…

Brian Lara: Why I'm helping build a cricket stadium in Rwanda

13 September 2014 9:00 am

Twenty years ago, in 1994, I had a golden summer. I scored 375 against England in Antigua, a Test record…

What does Duncan Fletcher actually do?

23 August 2014 9:00 am

Some years ago, when the last Conservative government was limping towards defeat, someone published a book called 101 Uses for…

Simon Barnes’s diary: A sportswriter is never without a big subject (unless it’s golf)

26 July 2014 9:00 am

Sport is like love: it can only really hurt you if you care. Or for that matter, bring joy. You…

Alastair Cook is world class. Steven Gerrard isn’t

26 July 2014 9:00 am

This time last year, England’s cricketers were 2-0 up against Australia, two thirds of the way towards their third consecutive…