Ashes

So farewell, Alastair Cook: a wonderful cricketer and exemplary sportsman

8 September 2018 9:00 am

I first became aware of Alastair Cook in the Ashes summer of 2005 when he was named the Young Cricketer…

Sir Ian Botham is a hero – and a fool

28 November 2015 9:00 am

In 1981, when I was ten and Ian Botham was 26, I thought he was God. Now, the week after…

Alastair Cook's victory for character, calm – and cunning

22 August 2015 9:00 am

The roar of the Premier League is beginning to drown out everything else in sport (there’s even Friday night football…

Why nothing in sport beats thrashing the Aussies at cricket

15 August 2015 9:00 am

Why nothing in sport beats thrashing the Aussies at cricket

Tom Holland's diary: Alex Salmond is the Scottish referendum's answer to Shane Warne

13 September 2014 9:00 am

I feel a bit about the Scottish referendum as I did about the 2005 Ashes series. In both cases, those of…

In defence of the BBC’s Sochi commentators

22 February 2014 9:00 am

You can trust the BBC to behave like a leaf blown by any breeze, but even that spineless leviathan (if…

It’s not just Kevin Pietersen. England needs a whole team of new heroes

8 February 2014 9:00 am

Englishmen used to be deported to Australia as a punishment. Now they get sent back to England as an act…

Five reasons to be cheerful about British sport (yes, even the cricket)

25 January 2014 9:00 am

James Cook’s third voyage as an English captain ended in disaster, stabbed to death and disembowelled by a pack of…

As England's cricketers wobble, the rugby team are finally getting it together

30 November 2013 9:00 am

My friend Miles was bowling in a festival of wandering cricket clubs in Oxford the other day. First wicket down…

Sport: Nigel Lawson on the Ashes

7 September 2013 9:00 am

Those of us who watched the last day of the final Ashes Test of the present series enjoyed a rare…

Suddenly, the future of British golf looks bright

24 August 2013 9:00 am

Were you still up, as they used to say about Portillo in the 1997 election, for Hedwall? It was well…

Can anyone save Aussie cricket?

27 July 2013 9:00 am

Insomniacs, invalids and cricket obsessives (step forward yours truly) were probably the only people who stumbled on it, but BBC4…

There’s no feud like an old feud, especially in sport

29 June 2013 9:00 am

Many years ago, when I used to work for the Guardian, Germaine Greer, who was then a columnist for the…

Leader: King’s ransom

8 January 2011 12:00 am

When George Osborne decided to raise VAT, more months ago than he will admit, he did not imagine that he…