Cricket


Test Match tickets for children should be FREE 13 May 19

A day at the Test match can be a wonderful experience for children. What a shame that cricket has almost given up trying to bring them in.

Alastair Cook and The Freaky Coincidence 7 September 18

As Alastair Cook retires from international cricket, here's a story of a freaky coincidence involving him, my sister and Radio 4's More or Less

Tony Greig and Edvard Grieg

Tony Greig and Edvard Grieg 21 May 18

What's the connection between the former cricketer Tony Greig and the Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg?

The Decline of the Draw 17 August 17

One of cricket's most charming - or to Americans, baffling - features is that after five days play the match can end in a draw. But draws are becoming an endangered species.

Maths, Teamwork and Googlies 23 March 17

My Zeeman lecture at the Royal Society connected maths and cricket.

The paradox of the unexpected bouncer 20 December 16

Is it possible for a bowler in cricket to bowl an 'unexpected' bouncer?

Umpire's Call 16 July 15

Across the world, statisticians search for a way to improve on cricket's controversial Duckworth Lewis method. Maybe they are looking at it the wrong way.

Ben Stokes, Joe Root and Square Roots. 1 June 15

Ben Stokes is being tipped as England's next great all-rounder. But how do you measure all-round performance?

How the World Cricket Rankings were born 31 January 15

When you hear in the headlines 'Stuart Broad is ranked number one bowler in the world', ever wondered who works it out and where this all came from?

England could have won 5-0 6 January 14

The post mortems into England's 5-0 thrashing have begun. Yet it could have been very different.