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.

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.

West Indies revival continues but Calypso cricket has gone

March 1, 2009

CRICKET-ENGLAND/There was a romance about cricket in the West Indies but this England tour confirms that Caribbean cricket culture has been dealt a heavy blow by the decline of the local team,commercial interest and post-colonial inequalities.

Cricket was a money game long before Stanford

February 24, 2009

stanfordAn interesting reversal in the accustomed roles of news and sports writers emerges from the newspaper coverage of Allen Stanford, the Antigua-based Texan who faces charges relating to an alleged $8 billion fraud.

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.

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.

Will Gravy make a comeback now cricket is back at the Rec?

February 16, 2009

After the farcical scenes on Friday at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, where play in the West Indies v England test was abandoned after just ten balls, the authorities pulled out the stops to get the Antigua Recreation Ground fit for a hastily re-arranged test on Sunday.

First day of test abandoned because of dangerous outfield

February 13, 2009

Just when West Indies looked back on the up after the drubbing of England in the first test, cricket in the region has suffered another blow to its credibility.   

Just why did England’s cricketers bat so badly?

February 11, 2009

England’s abject batting collapse against West Indies on Saturday, a 51 all out, was the third lowest total they have made in test matches and inevitably journalists search for an explanation for how Andrew Strauss’s side batted so badly.

It’s been a long time coming … But are West Indies back?

February 11, 2009

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Too many false dawns over the Caribbean in recent years have induced increasing pessimism among those who follow and cherish West Indies’ cricket.