The immovable object and the irresistible force collided this week.
Ben Stokes has spoken for the first time since England’s defeat in the World Twenty20 final, saying he felt “the whole world had come down on me”.
It was as if the scriptwriters of The Archers had taken a sabbatical in India to oversee the World Twenty20.
Nineteen. N-n-n-n-nineteen, for those old enough to remember Paul Hardcastle. Nineteen runs to defend in the final over of the competition and the World Twenty20 trophy would be in England’s hands. Ben Stokes to bowl it, a young player gaining a reputation as a reliable “death” bowler.
Will the 2016 T20 World Cup Final be pitch perfect?
Two England captains contemplating World Cup semi-finals on the same day. It is does not get much better than that – except that there is the possibility of Eoin Morgan and Charlotte Edwards being in Kolkata on Saturday to discuss their chances in the finals of the tournament the following day.
The Cape Verde winger had a poor game against their East Midlands rivals.
New Zealand cricket great Martin Crowe has died at the age of 53.
Have England got the stamina for the shortest version of the game?
Who-zat in my car? Oh, it's just former Zimbabwe cricket captain Brendan Taylor...
They’ve been the soundtrack to every one of Sri Lanka’s games at this Cricket World Cup, but back when their cricket heroes toured in 2002, Dihan Dewage’s Melbourne-based Papare Band weren’t even allowed to bring a trumpet into the MCG.
Bank holiday Monday. People’s Day at Lord’s, Dad and his lad for 20 quid. Ninety minutes before play and the queue for tickets already stretched three or four deep around two sides of the ground and up the Wellington Road to St John’s Wood tube station.
We're not so sure about this at all...
England triumphed over South Africa 2-1 without being triumphant.
“We want to wrap it up in the next game, put this series to bed and hopefully go for a 5-0.”
Trevor Bayliss first floated the idea of Joe Root moving to No3 at the end of the Test series victory over South Africa last winter and now six months on, after Nick Compton’s final series proved one too far and much discussion behind the scenes, the button has finally been pushed.
So Pakistan’s four-man attack has outstripped England’s five. There is one obvious reason for that: Yasir Shah. The wrist spinner from the north-west frontier has been the key component in Pakistan’s victory in north‑west London. No Pakistan bowler had taken more than eight wickets at Lord’s. Here Yasir took six in the first innings, when he was not supposed to be so effective, and four in the second.
It is possible to demonstrate what a phenomenon Joe Root has become by churning out the figures (and we’ll have a go at that later on). But there is another way, which is to use our eyes.
A tired but satisfied Joe Root revealed some words from England’s bowling coach, Ottis Gibson, on the first day at Old Trafford were the inspiration behind the highest and longest of his 10 Test hundreds.