John Arlott in conversation with Mike Brearley

I watched the BBC’s newly edited version of “John Arlott in Conversation with Mike Brearley“, with some trepidation.  Here was the owner of the voice of cricket from my youth, about to be quizzed by one of England’s most successful captains, the man with the reputation of having perhaps the most probing mind amongst all England cricketers. …

Good cricket again – can match rules help?

There is a lively debate going on in my Club this autumn, as our League seeks opinions on the best form of cricket to encourage younger players to stay in the game after they leave the Colts set-up.  Do we go with limited overs, because every one watches IPL and T20 and wants to play …

"Action stations" – whatever happened to standing still and waiting for the ball?

As a young batsman, the absolute importance of standing still until the bowler released the ball was drummed into me. And more recently, as I have worked through various levels of the coach education process, the same mantra is still repeated – pick up the bat, yes, think about leading with the dipped front shoulder, …