Cricket

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

Pietersen’s self-indulgent tales of woe lack credibility

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

13 September 2014 9:00 am

Why I’m helping to build a cricket stadium in Rwanda

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…

What Germans are worst at

19 July 2014 9:00 am

What Germans do worst Some things Germans aren’t very good at: — Making reliable car engines. According to a survey by Warranty Direct…

The Spectator's notes: Diana's bed, Boris's dirty trick and Prince Philip's mystery tie

21 June 2014 8:00 am

On Friday night, I went to Althorp, childhood home of Diana, Princess of Wales, to speak at its literary festival.…

When the English cricket team toured Nazi Germany – and got smashed

7 June 2014 9:00 am

Why have the Germans never been any good at cricket? This entertaining account of the MCC’s 1937 tour to the…

In defence of the BBC’s Sochi commentators

22 February 2014 9:00 am

You can trust the BBC to behave like a leaf blown by any breeze, but even that spineless leviathan (if…

It’s not just Kevin Pietersen. England needs a whole team of new heroes

8 February 2014 9:00 am

Englishmen used to be deported to Australia as a punishment. Now they get sent back to England as an act…

Five reasons to be cheerful about British sport (yes, even the cricket)

25 January 2014 9:00 am

James Cook’s third voyage as an English captain ended in disaster, stabbed to death and disembowelled by a pack of…

Roger Alton: The day Viv Richards came to watch me play cricket

11 January 2014 9:00 am

Sir Vivian Richards came to watch me play cricket the other day. That’s the sort of sentence you wait a…

Hurrah for Andrew Strauss

23 November 2013 9:00 am

Andrew Strauss is a serious man and Driving Ambition (Hodder, £20, Spectator Bookshop, £18) is a serious book. It looks…

If Carberry doesn't open for England, the world should split asunder

16 November 2013 9:00 am

In sport, as in life, you just don’t know where you stand any more. Look at the Premier League: no…

My dear old thing! Forget the nasty bits

26 October 2013 9:00 am

There can be a strong strain of self-parody in even the greatest commentators. When Henry Blofeld describes the progress of…

Sport: Nigel Lawson on the Ashes

7 September 2013 9:00 am

Those of us who watched the last day of the final Ashes Test of the present series enjoyed a rare…

Suddenly, the future of British golf looks bright

24 August 2013 9:00 am

Were you still up, as they used to say about Portillo in the 1997 election, for Hedwall? It was well…

Has Test Match Special lost its wits?

20 July 2013 9:00 am

Test Match Special is the sound of the English summer. Why are we letting it be vulgarised?