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Last Word Staff - Oct 13, 2022

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Mental health in cricket

Mental health in cricket has come sharply into focus recently, with Ben Stokes opting out of playing the game for an indefinite period of time. Mental health in most professional sport has been brought into the public eye with USA gymnastics great Simone Biles pulling out of her scheduled events at the Tokyo Olympic Games. […]

In this article we will give tips on how to optimise Cricket Blog Writing for your website.
Varun Desai, Editor - Jun 6, 2021

So, now you’ve realised that there is more to blogging than just words. There IS so much more. Writing a piece of content is only part of the job. There are numerous other factors that affect the amount of traffic that your website receives. In this article, we will talk about all the key tips […]

Raghav Tikmany - Jun 1, 2021

As Steve Smith turns 32 today, let us reflect on his test career and how he transformed himself from a spin-bowling all-rounder to the “Greatest Test batsman since Bradman.” THE DEBUT  Steve Smith made his test debut at Lords in July 2010, playing both Tests against Pakistan in the 2010 Test series played in England. […]

Kyle Jamieson is one of the players to watch out for during the England vs New Zealand Test series.
Varun Desai, Editor - May 31, 2021

The power profiles The British Summer is upon us and that means cricket will be back on our screens soon. 2nd of June is the date for the start of the England vs New Zealand Test series and it promises to be a mouth-watering contest. Both sides are evenly matched and are very used to […]

The England Test team face New Zealand in a two game series to kick-off the British Summer.
Varun Desai, Editor - May 31, 2021

The British summer begins (finally) Summertime is finally upon us after a long stretch of cold and cool weather. It’s almost June but at least it’s here. The first Test match of a long and arduous summer will begin on Wednesday, with England’s Test team taking on New Zealand. So, what is there to look […]

Hashim Amla is the star performer in our County Championship round-up.
Varun Desai, Editor - May 28, 2021

The latest round of First Class Cricket in the UK is spicing up and a number of the games could go down to the line, with teams fighting it out to gain maximum points. In this article, we summarise the County Championship and round up the best performances so far. So, which players have stood […]

England opener Haseeb Hameed has forced himself back into England's Test squad, with consistent runs in the County Championship.
Varun Desai, Editor - May 28, 2021

A comeback for the ages After nearly 5 years out of the international game, England’s Haseeb Hameed has managed to win back a place in the most prestigious cricket squad in the country. Albeit, in a freaky way – Ben Foakes slipped in the dressing room and recently tore his hamstring, having to be withdrawn […]

The best cricket sledges of all-time feature multiple Australian cricketers, who have been known to speak a lot during games.
Varun Desai, Editor - May 26, 2021

Five famous sledging lines that will make you laugh Sledging has been a common practice in cricket, in the same way that batting and bowling has been. This may sound odd but the “art” if you could call it that, dates back to the late 1800s during the days of Charles Bannerman. It is fair […]

Dom Bess and Jack Leach are both in the frame to be England's main test spinner in the summer.
Varun Desai, Editor - May 25, 2021

The tale of two spinners Both Dom Bess and Jack Leach have put together compelling cases to be selected this summer, with both New Zealand and India touring. However, only one is likely to play in English conditions because four fast bowlers including Ben Stokes are likely to play most of the games. So, who […]

Darren Stevens may well be called up to the England Test Squad when they face New Zealand in June.
Varun Desai, Editor - May 23, 2021

A coming of age? Darren Stevens was told during the 2019 County Championship that his contract would not be renewed by his team Kent. This was his final season at the club. However, he scored a double-century and took five wickets in the same game to force Kent to rethink their strategy. Since then, Darren […]

The 149 vs England in 2018 rates as the best innings played by Virat Kohli.
Varun Desai, Editor - May 21, 2021

Virat Kohli’s greatest batting performances Virat Kohli made his international debut in 2008 and since has transformed himself into arguably the greatest batsman in the world in all-formats. His sublime timing and superb skills makes him great to watch. Over the years, some of the best innings in cricket have been played by Virat Kohli. […]

The England Test squad will have a new look about them with many regulars missing against New Zealand.
Varun Desai, Editor - May 18, 2021

Three Lions name their squad to begin the English Summer The England Cricket Board (ECB) recently named their Test squad to take on New Zealand in two games, starting on the 2nd of June 2021. The hosts will be looking to win their first Test series against the Kiwis since 2013, when they won 2-0 […]

Brian Lara and Shivnarine Chanderpaul were two of the best West Indies batsmen of their generation.
Varun Desai, Editor - May 16, 2021

Who are the greatest Windies batsmen ever? The West Indies are historically one of the greatest cricketing teams ever. They have won 2 ICC Cricket World Cups, 1 Champions Trophy and 2 World T20’s. Plus, they dominated Test cricket for over a decade in the 1980s. Their fast bowling prowess is well documented but in […]

Flintoff helped England beat Australia in one of the greatest test matches of all-time.
Varun Desai, Editor - May 16, 2021

The greatest Tests ever played in cricket Test match cricket is still considered by many as the best and purest form of the game. It lasts for five days and teams encounter a variety of conditions, in which they are tested to their limit. There are also comebacks because each team has two innings to […]

Hampshire CCC fell to another defeat in the County Championship, in hands of Craig Overton and Somerset.
Michael Vince - May 11, 2021

Back-to-back defeats for Hants Hampshire CCC nearly suffered a second consecutive innings defeat, still losing by ten wickets, Somerset being their tormentors this time. Another sub-100 first innings score put them firmly on the back foot from the off and things rarely looked up from there. Batters fail again As usual, Somerset’s extremely strong bowling […]

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Jimmy Anderson in action as England skittle New Zealand.
Jim Smith - May 11, 2021

England’s latest red-ball reset has gotten off to a flying start with England skittling New Zealand at Lords. Having lost the toss and been put into the field by the Black Caps on what looked like a good day for batting day, it did not take long for Jimmy Anderson to make an impact on […]

Angelo Mathews was player of the match in the Chattogram Test.
Jim Smith - May 11, 2021

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 11, 2021

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 […]

Alex Lees in County action ahead of England vs New Zealand.
Jim Smith - May 11, 2021

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, […]

Pakistan star Shaheen Shah Afridi in County Championship action.
Jim Smith - May 11, 2021

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 […]

Umran Malik, the Jammu Express, has made a fine start to life with Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Vyom Nanavati - May 11, 2021

Abdul Samad has perhaps done Indian Cricket its biggest favour in recent times. Introducing Umran Malik as a net bowler to the Sunrisers Hyderabad squad in 2020, eventually paved the way to international recognition for India’s latest (and fastest) bowling sensation. Meet Umran Malik: the Jammu Express. The speedster is able to rack up speeds […]

Ben Stokes in action for England.
Jim Smith - May 11, 2021

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 […]

English Cricket should introduce a one day franchise cricket tournament.
Jim Smith - May 11, 2021

The first English foray into Franchise Cricket was along way from being a success. The considerable cash reserves built up by the ECB over the years were frittered away on the Hundred without many obvious benefits in return. Of course, the Hundred is not without positives. It certainly shouldn’t be overlooked that it provided a […]