Alastair Cook is 31 on Christmas Day and, while his double dose of festivities will be tempered by the tedium of a training session and a press conference before the first Test with South Africa in Durban, the England captain will at least be free of any anxiety over his own form and that of his fellow batsmen.
Alastair Cook touches down in South Africa on Friday with the sense his England side have a good chance to overturn the world’s No1 Test team in their own backyard despite leaving one of their most experienced batsman back at home.
Allan Border had played seven series against the West Indies. Six had been lost, and one drawn. This time would be different.
This England team do not quite know when they are beaten.
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Such was the anticipation for the first day-night Test in cricket history, more than three hours before the start of play, the queue outside the South Gate of the Adelaide Oval already stretched all the way to the Torrens footbridge.
On a balmy Abu Dhabi evening England politely yet professionally defeated their hosts in a friendly match so gentle it bore little relation to the three imminent T20 matches against Pakistan. At least let us hope that is the case.
For Ian Bell, the beginning of the end came at the back end of the summer when he began to think about his future. It happens to all cricketers. The second even a scintilla of doubt creeps in, the edge inevitably goes.
England began their post-World Cup rebuilding operation on the idyllic Caribbean island of St Kitts today with the start of a low-key two-day game against local opposition.
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Eoin Morgan had told England to reconnect with their best of their one-day performances over the past 12 months and, despite a top-order implosion from the bad old days, they delivered on the order with a thrilling tie in their series opener with Sri Lanka.
Trevor Bayliss says that having an unchanged squad for next week’s third Test with Sri Lanka will assist those struggling for form, with Nick Compton and Steven Finn two such players in an otherwise buoyant England team.
HITC Sport writer Rana Malook caught up with West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle at the launch of his academy in London.
Ten seconds into our conversation, Chris Scott already knows where I’m heading.
England’s cricket teams are set for a change of kit supplier, with the American sportswear company New Balance poised to take over from Adidas in a five-year agreement.
Joe Root hopes England’s victorious Ashes campaign convinces Alastair Cook to remain as captain long into the future and has revealed that the team has been driven on this summer by the pain caused in the previous whitewash defeat by Australia.
It would be fair to say that Steve Eskinazi has enjoyed an eventful start to his first class career. Last September, he made his debut for Middlesex against Yorkshire at Lord’s, batted at five and found himself walking to the crease at the end of the first over of the match as Ryan Sidebottom disposed of Paul Stirling, Nick Compton and Dawid Malan.
The only discernible difference was the absence of a mop of jet-black hair.
Fifty-four overs and no result was the gloomy outcome of another Bristol one‑day international.