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Babar Azam in T20 action for Babar Azam.
Jim Smith - Apr 4, 2022

With the honours even after the Test series (won by Australia) and the ODI series (won by Pakistan), the two sides are set to go head-to-head in this standalone T20 in Lahore. Both sides have been in fine form in the shortest format of late and will feel confident in their chances. But who will […]


Deepak Chahar in action for India.
Jim Smith - Feb 19, 2022

India have been in fine form against the West Indies in recent weeks, restoring their fortunes after a disappointing tour of South Africa. The West Indies, however, have so far proved unable to build on their impressive series victory over England on home turf and face returning to the Caribbean without a win to their […]

Lahiru Kumara in action for Sri Lanka.
Jim Smith - Feb 19, 2022

Australia will be looking for the perfect end to their first T20 series since being crowned World Champions late last year. Sri Lanka, meanwhile, will be desperate to avoid the humiliation of a second consecutive whitewash on Australian shores in this format. Who will come out on top? Read on for our full Australia vs […]

Suryakumar Yadav in T20 action for India.
Jim Smith - Feb 17, 2022

India made a fine start to their T20 series with the hosts looking to rebuild in between T20 World Cups after a disastrous showing last year in the UAE. The West Indies, meanwhile, look a side in transition, but there is plenty of talent in their batting unit. Will they be able to hit back […]

Marcus Stoinis in T20 action for Australia vs Sri Lanka.
Jim Smith - Feb 17, 2022

Australia have taken an unassailable lead three matches into this five-match T20 series, but there is still plenty for both sides to play with the T20 World Cup on Australian soil later this year. Will Sri Lanka find a way to get on board at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground. Or will Australia prove too […]

Dinesh Chandimal is clean bowled on the Sri Lanka tour of Australia.
Kiri Sathananthan - Feb 16, 2022

Zero, four and six are the only numbers the Sri Lankan top order batsman have seemed to care about on this Sri Lanka tour of Australia. Their approach could have been a reminder to a binary sequence out of the Matrix films. They only looked for boundaries and nothing in-between. The ability to rotate the […]

Rishabh Pant in T20 action for India.
Jim Smith - Feb 16, 2022

The West Indies tour of India has resulted in precious little for the visitors to celebrate so far, though it has provided India with a much-needed tonic after their own difficult trip to South Africa. But the T20s might just give the West Indies the chance to bounce back. Who will come out on top […]

Josh Hazlewood bowling for Australia vs Sri Lanka.
Jim Smith - Feb 14, 2022

After a thrilling second match which the hosts won by the narrowest of margins, Sri Lanka are fast running out of rope in this series. But they have performed admirably and will surely have taken confidence from their efforts so far. Australia, meanwhile, will be keen to complete the series victory. Who will come out […]

Ben McDermott in action for Australia vs Sri Lanka.
Jim Smith - Feb 12, 2022

World champions Australia will look to continue their hot streak in the shortest format when they take on Sri Lanka in the second match of this five-game series. The hosts will once again be the heavy favourites, but Sri Lanka played some solid cricket in the last match and their position is by no means […]

Dasun Shanaka in T20 action for Sri Lanka.
Kiri Sathananthan - Feb 10, 2022

‘All rise. Court is now in session,’ says the bailiff. ‘Good morning, ladies and gentlemen,’ says the judge. ‘Calling the case of the Australia Cricket Team versus Sri Lanka into session. Are both sides ready?’ ‘Yes your honour,’ answers Dasun Shanaka, while checking to see if Suranga Lakmal can get on a flight to Australia […]

Aaron Finch and Dasun Shanaka ahead of Australia vs Sri Lanka.
Jim Smith - Feb 10, 2022

World Cup winners Australia will make their first return to the format since being crowned world champions. Sri Lanka, meanwhile, are looking to step up in this format and establish themselves as one of the world’s leading sides after a period in the relative wilderness. Who will come out on top? Read on for our […]

Moeen Ali in action for England against the West Indies.
Jim Smith - Jan 30, 2022

After what has been a thrilling series so far in the Caribbean, the West Indies and England will both be hoping to wrap up a valuable series win in the fifth and final T20. Both sides came into the series with a point to prove, but only one will walk away having succeeded. Who will […]

Rovman Powell in action for the West Indies vs England.
Jim Smith - Jan 28, 2022

It has been a thrilling series so far in the Caribbean and the hosts are now just won win away from clinching what would be a famous series win, and an important one for their ambitions moving forward. England, however, have a point to prove of their own and rarely go down with a fight […]

Romario Shepherd and Sam Billings in T20 action, West Indies vs England.
Jim Smith - Jan 26, 2022

Both sides are looking to bounce back from damaging stretches of form that raised questions about the direction they are heading in. The series is currently locked at one-win apiece after vastly different performances in the first and second games from both. Who will take a series lead heading into the final two matches? Read […]

Brandon King in action for the West Indies vs England.
Jim Smith - Jan 23, 2022

England arrived in the Caribbean hoping to turn around their fortunes after disappointment at the T20 World Cup and an Ashes hammering. The West Indies too have struggled of late, falling well-short at the World Cup before losing a home ODI series to Ireland. Who will come out on top in this second of five […]

Tammy Beaumont in WT20 action for England vs Australia.
Jim Smith - Jan 22, 2022

The Adelaide Oval is one of the most spectacular cricket grounds in the world, but the South Australian weather did not co-operate on Saturday with the second T20 rained off and England’s hopes of getting on the board dashed. Will they be able to secure their first points of the series? Read on for our […]



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Ben Stokes in action for Durham ahead of England vs New Zealand.
Jim Smith - Apr 4, 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 - Apr 4, 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 - Apr 4, 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, […]

Pakistan star Shaheen Shah Afridi in County Championship action.
Jim Smith - Apr 4, 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 […]

Umran Malik, the Jammu Express, has made a fine start to life with Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Vyom Nanavati - Apr 4, 2022

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 - Apr 4, 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 […]

English Cricket should introduce a one day franchise cricket tournament.
Jim Smith - Apr 4, 2022

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 […]

Shan Masood in action for Derbyshire CCC.
Jim Smith - Apr 4, 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 […]