Domestic Franchise

Pakistan star Shaheen Shah Afridi in County Championship action.
Jim Smith - May 6, 2022

One of the chief criticisms levelled at the County Championship in recent years is that it fails to prepare English batters for Test cricket. The reason for that is that the green-tinged pitches and the playing conditions allow medium-pacers to run riot, giving the Counties little to no incentive to play genuinely quick bowlers or […]


Krunal Pandya of Lucknow Super Giants on India duty.
Jim Smith - Apr 15, 2022

Mumbai Indians endured a disappointing campaign in 2021, but were widely expected to bounce back this year. So far, however, their season has been little short of a disaster. Lucknow Super Giants, meanwhile, have made an assured start in their inaugural season and will be targeting a valuable win here. But who will come out […]

Andre Russell will have a key role to play for Kolkata Knight Riders.
Jim Smith - Apr 15, 2022

After a poor start to the season, 2021’s last-placed team Sunrisers Hyderabad have found some form of late to spark life into their 2022 campaign. Kolkata Knight Riders, by way of contrast, turned in a below-par performance last-time out. But who will come out on top here? Read on for our full Sunrisers Hyderabad vs […]

Rohit Sharma of Mumbai Indians on India duty.
Jim Smith - Apr 12, 2022

It has been a week of surprise results so far in the Indian Premier League, with Sunrisers Hyderabad’s upset of Gujarat Titans followed by Chennai Super Kings getting the better of Royal Challengers Bangalore. Mumbai Indians, now the only team yet to win a match in IPL 2022, will be hoping that pattern continues when […]

Virat Kohli of Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Jim Smith - Apr 11, 2022

After a dreadful start to the season, defending champions Chennai Super Kings are already in danger of running out of rope. This is a must-win match as a result, but it will not be easy for CSK up against a well-placed Royal Challengers Bangalore side who have made a fine start to IPL 2022. Who […]

Rashid Khan will have a key role to play for Gujarat Titans.
Jim Smith - Apr 10, 2022

New boys on the block Gujarat Titans have made some start to life in the IPL, winning three out of three so far. But Sunrisers Hyderabad have shown some signs of life after making a poor start and will be desperate to continue building momentum. Who will come out on top here? Read on for […]

Lucknow Super Giants will bank on Quentin de Kock performing.
Jim Smith - Apr 6, 2022

Both Lucknow Super Giants and Delhi Capitals boast an array of T20 talent and both will have high hopes of going all the way in IPL 2022. But even at this early stage of the tournament, with ten teams in the mix every win is vital. Who will come out on top at the DY […]

Rajasthan Royals star Jos Buttler in action for England.
Jim Smith - Apr 4, 2022

In what should be an entertaining clash, the in-form Rajasthan Royals will take on Faf du Plessis’ Royal Challengers Bangalore in a crucial early season IPL clash. Rajasthan Royals have won both their opening matches and look to be in with a real chance of a title tilt this year. RCB, meanwhile, will be hoping […]

Kane Williamson bowled for the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Jim Smith - Apr 3, 2022

After a disastrous campaign last season, Sunrisers Hyderabad looked to rebuild their team in the mega auction. The jury remains out on whether they have done that successfully, but they did not make a promising start. Lucknow Super Giants, meanwhile, have impressed with the bat but less so with the ball. Who will come out […]

Dwayne Bravo in action for Chennai Super Kings.
Jim Smith - Apr 2, 2022

Defending champions Chennai Super Kings have not made the start to their title defence that they would have wanted. Punjab Kings, meanwhile, have been gone 1-1 so far in 2022 which suggests that they might be in for another frustrating season. Victory here would be a significant boost for both sides, but who will come […]

Lockie Ferguson will be in action for Gujarat Titans.
Jim Smith - Apr 1, 2022

This should be an entertaining match. Gujarat Titans looked like the better of the two new franchises and proved just that in their first match against fellow new boys Lucknow Super Giants. Delhi Capitals, meanwhile, will once again to be involved in the playoffs. But who will come out on top here? Read on for […]

Rohit Sharma playing for Mumbai Indians.
Jim Smith - Apr 1, 2022

Mumbai Indians are the most successful IPL side in the competition’s history, but they struggled last year, lost some star players in the mega-auction and their new-look side did not make the start they would have wanted. Rajasthan Royals, in contrast, have been playing with a renewed confidence so far in the 2022 edition of […]

Lucknow Super Giants captain KL Rahul in action for India.
Jim Smith - Mar 30, 2022

Both the Lucknow Super Giants and the Chennai Super Kings got off to losing starts in the 2022 edition of the Indian Premier League. Accordingly, both sides will be desperate to bounce back here, lest back-to-back defeats set the tone for their season. But who will come out on top in Mumbai? Read on for […]

Kolkata Knight Riders captain Shreyas Iyer in action for India.
Jim Smith - Mar 29, 2022

Royal Challengers Bangalore have always been the nearly side of the Indian Premier League, having never managed to get across the line despite a host of star players representing the side. Kolkata Knight Riders, meanwhile, have been one of the more successful sides, if not one of the most glamourous. Who will come out on […]

Rajasthan Royals batsman Jos Buttler.
Jim Smith - Mar 28, 2022

There was little to celebrate for either Sunrisers Hyderabad or Rajasthan Royals in the IPL last season as they finished last and second-last respectively. But both sides had the opportunity to rebuild their rosters in the IPL mega-auction and will be hoping that they have found a winning combination. Who will make a winning start […]

Gujarat Titans captain Hardik Pandya on India duty.
Jim Smith - Mar 27, 2022

The two new franchises, which have seen the Indian Premier League extended to 10 teams, are set to face off in their IPL openers. Both teams will no doubt be desperate to start their history with a win, but only one side can come out on top. Will it be Gujarat or Lucknow sending their […]



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Angelo Mathews was player of the match in the Chattogram Test.
Jim Smith - May 6, 2022

There was not very much in it for the bowlers in the Chattogram Test and not for the first time. Angelo Mathews, in particular, delivered a timely reminder of his quality with the bat, falling just one run short of a double century in Sri Lanka’s first innings. Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim struck centuries […]

Ben Stokes in action for Durham ahead of England vs New Zealand.
Jim Smith - May 6, 2022

England have named their first 13-man squad of the new era under Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes. The immediate takeaway is that if English cricket administrators have not always been as appreciative of Stuart Broad and James Anderson as they should have been, England cricket fans will certainly be grateful that they can call upon […]

Tom Harrison leaves the ECB with the game in poor repair.
Jim Smith - May 6, 2022

Tom Harrison ends his reign as CEO of the England and Wales Cricket Board with the game in disarray. The principal victim of that is cricket in England and Wales, but it is also an unedifying end to the career of a man who brought a great deal to the sport. The TV rights package […]

Alex Lees in County action ahead of England vs New Zealand.
Jim Smith - May 6, 2022

With the start of the English Test summer now barely three weeks away, the stage is set for an entertaining England vs New Zealand tussle. The two sides have met fairly regularly of late and there should be few secrets, not least because England’s new coach is none other than former-Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum, […]

Ben Stokes in action for England.
Jim Smith - May 6, 2022

Ben Stokes is clearly an inspirational leader. Whether it single-handedly leading England to victory at Headingley – surely his finest moment – or captaining a scratch English side to a 3-0 victory against a full-strength Pakistan, he is clearly a cricketer that teammates will follow. That he is extravagantly gifted, to the extent that he […]

Shan Masood in action for Derbyshire CCC.
Jim Smith - May 6, 2022

England has not been a happy hunting ground for Shan Masood when representing Pakistan. He has scored only 250 runs in total across nine innings in England, with 156 of those coming in one superb knock when Pakistan last toured the country. In his other eight innings, he has failed to record a score of […]

English Test Cricket is at its lowest ebb.
Jim Smith - May 6, 2022

The abject performance of the Test team has been the defining story in English cricket over the last 18 months. The summer of 2020 was reasonably positive for England as they beat the West Indies 2-1 and Pakistan 1-0, before recording a dominant 3-0 win away from home against Sri Lanka. They even got the […]

Mehidy Hasan Miraz in action for Bangladesh vs South Africa.
Jim Smith - May 6, 2022

South Africa, having been challenged for the first four days, ultimately recorded a very comfortable win over Bangladesh in the first match in Durban. But Bangladesh have been in fine form in recent months and will surely be determined to hit back in this second and decisive Test. Who will come out on top? Read […]