The greatest over

September 16, 2010

CAN I have a memory of Andrew Flintoff that doesn’t involve pedalos, post-Ashes partying or plugs for Red Bull? (And can I call him Andrew now, rather than Freddie?) I’ll take Edgbaston 2005, and the greatest over of a career that he confirmed today is at an end. Read the rest of this entry »


I love the Ashes

August 24, 2009

THERE was much to enjoy about the Test which sealed Ashes victory for England – Stuart Broad’s flurry of wickets on Friday, Ricky Ponting’s run out on Sunday, Andrew Flintoff’s surprising – and genuine – insistence that he was going to reign in his post-match celebrations this time around. But I particularly enjoyed a curious radio exchange between Geoffrey Boycott and Steve Bruce on Saturday afternoon. Read the rest of this entry »


Raining champions

July 30, 2009

THERE was a chap on the radio the other day from the Met Office, trying gamely to defend their ability to predict the weather after they had been forced to alter their summer forecast from “glorious” to “glorious for fish”. Read the rest of this entry »


The ordinary man breaks out

July 15, 2009

IN the course of a superb feature for the Guardian in 2005, Simon Hattenstone came up with this description of Freddie “Andrew” Flintoff: “There seems to be an ordinary man trying to break out of the superman carapace and retire to a quiet corner of the pub.” Read the rest of this entry »


This is not Twenty20

July 12, 2009

THE most gripping Test of the 2005 Ashes series wasn’t, I would venture, the dramatic encounter at Edgbaston, when Michael Kasprowicz gloved a Steve Harmison thunderbolt to the wicketkeeper with Australia just one big hit from victory. It was the following Test at Old Trafford, when last pair Brett Lee and Glenn McGrath had to see out a nerve-shredding final four overs to earn a draw. Read the rest of this entry »


Enjoy Leicester, Ricky

June 9, 2009

A FRIEND of mine is convinced (and has tried to convince me) that the World Twenty20 is a lottery. And I will admit that there are a couple of similarities: 1) I have never bought a ticket for either of them; 2) In both cases, Paul Collingwood’s chances of claiming the jackpot is roughly one in 14 million. (Just watch: he’ll go and win both now.) Read the rest of this entry »


Trouble Dutch

June 5, 2009

THE opening ceremony was cancelled, Kevin Pietersen pulled out with an injury and England managed to lose to the Netherlands. Apart from that, the ECB will be thrilled with the first day of the World Twenty20. Read the rest of this entry »