Test cricket scores spectacular own goal

May 14, 2009


The first day of the second test between England and West Indies unfolded meekly in front of a sparse crowd in Chester Le Street on Thursday.

English shuttlers falter in bid to overtake China

May 12, 2009

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Badminton England chief executive Adrian Christy made what looked like a highly optimistic prediction last month when he said he thought Britain could eventually overtake China as the dominant power in badminton.

Rain, Ravi Bopara and a gigantic leap of faith

May 6, 2009

There was much tut-tutting* when we heard there were still 19,000 tickets available for the first cricket Test at Lord’s — officially the first day of summer for those of us brought up in the UK.

We know our Onions, but what about other foody names?

May 1, 2009

I defy anyone to read the name Graham Onions without letting off a short, poorly subdued snigger. It’s a brilliant name that brings out the schoolboy humour in all of us.

Hoggard deserves better

April 21, 2009

I saw this story and was very surprised. The usually mild-mannered Matthew Hoggard has hit out at his treatment after being dropped by the England cricket side 13 months ago.

New England coach Flower is used to daunting tasks

April 15, 2009

Andy Flower, appointed England director of cricket on Wednesday, was responsible with Zimbabwe team mate Henry Olonga for a startling and unprecedented protest in his team’s opening 2003 World Cup match.

Bowlers, not captains, have been key to England success

April 6, 2009

After the Pietersen affair was followed by a mixed West Indies tour under Andrew Strauss, John Mehaffey looks at the role of England captain.

Who should captain the Lions in South Africa?

March 24, 2009


The Six Nations provided a stirring finale and a lifetime of memories for Ireland fans but few watching from South Africa will have been left quaking in their boots ahead of this year’s British and Irish Lions tour.

Opinions divided on England’s Ashes leg-up to Aussies

March 24, 2009

The recent announcement that two Australian cricketers will play English county cricket before the Ashes has been met with stinging criticism and bewilderment in the UK.

You can beat Europe’s top teams but you can’t beat the Six Nations

March 22, 2009

odriscolSouthern hemisphere fans might scoff at the quality of Europe’s premier rugby competition but, yet again, the Six Nations championship has proved itself unrivalled when it comes to unpredictability and excitement.