England need Twenty20 rethink

March 20, 2009

The second Twenty20 World Cup takes place in England this year and the hosts are facing the prospect of a humiliating experience.

England’s big fish rise from the depths

March 16, 2009

England’s recovery was always on the cards  International rugby is a small pond with the same big fish taking it in turns to swim at the top. The bonus for those lurking just below, and even for the minnows in the depths, is that unlike in many other major sports they never disappear into the silt completely.

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British Olympic soccer team becomes right royal farce

March 13, 2009

There has not been one since 1960, the Scottish don’t want its return, neither do the Welsh, nor the Northern Irish and yet the prospect of a British soccer team at the 2012 London Olympics remains.

Plodding England undone by return to 60s mentality

March 11, 2009

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England and their captain Andrew Strauss were slammed from every direction for their safety-first declaration on the final day of the last test against the West Indies – which merely spared them the criticism they should have got for their performance on the first two days.

Sports photo of the week

March 11, 2009

Here’s Sports Pictures editor Greg Bos’s view: Photographer Phil Brown captured a superb action moment from the cricket match between England and the West Indies. He’s got the ball in the frame, the player with both feet off the ground and a clean dark background to make the image standout.

Rashid omission shows England are still behind Aussies

March 6, 2009

While England’s opponents for the famous urn this summer used their last test match to bleed new talent before the Ashes, it comes as no surprise that England spurned the opportunity to do exactly the same with leg-spinner Adil Rashid.

Flat pitches a further concern for cricket

March 4, 2009

To those uninitiated with cricket, to hear complaints about a playing surface being ‘flat’ would only further confuse them. As if the game, also hit by tragedy this week, wasn’t complex enough.

Plenty of winners from drawn test as Stanford loses ECB deal

February 20, 2009

In a week when Twenty20 cricket’s highest profile backer fell from grace, the drawn test between West Indies and England provided a strong reminder of the enduring quality of the long-form of the game.

Ambitious French rugby clubs seem immune to crisis

By Reuters Staff
February 17, 2009

Brive-bound Riki Flutey (R)

Gone are the days when top French rugby players such as Philippe Sella, Thomas Castaignede and Raphael Ibanez were crossing the Channel to improve their skills and make their fortunes, writes Jean-Paul Couret.

What impact will Stanford charges have on cricket?

February 17, 2009

U.S. authorities charged Texas billionaire Allen Stanford and three of his companies with “massive ongoing fraud” on Tuesday as federal agents swooped in on his U.S. headquarters.