England v Pakistan: Series Preview

After a long and difficult winter and a lot of off-field chat, it will be a relief for many that the focus will move to matters on the field as England's international summer begins at Lord's on Thursday, with the first of two Tests against Pakistan. The chat surrounding the ECB's proposed hundred-ball competition has … Continue reading England v Pakistan: Series Preview

England v South Africa 2nd Test: Hapless hosts slump to huge defeat

England have lurched from one extreme to another for a number of years in Test cricket, their inconsistency crystallised perfectly by their performances at Lord's and Trent Bridge. Their attacking style came off in the first Test, counterattacking after a difficult first hour to seize control of the match. The opposite was the case in … Continue reading England v South Africa 2nd Test: Hapless hosts slump to huge defeat

England v South Africa: 1st Test Preview

The long-awaited first Test between England and South Africa begins on Thursday at Lord's, making this comfortably the latest start to a Test summer in living memory. When play gets underway would be forgiven for wondering why the ball is red and the players' kits so plain, given the huge amount of limited overs cricket … Continue reading England v South Africa: 1st Test Preview