Cricket

Modern rugby is lethal, and it's only a matter of time before a player dies on the pitch

28 October 2017 9:00 am

Rugby’s autumn internationals are almost upon us and dark thoughts hover over lovers of the sport. One day soon a…

BBC1's The Last Post is not for those who like their TV fearless and innovative

7 October 2017 9:00 am

BBC1’s latest Sunday-night drama The Last Post, about a British military base in Aden in 1965, feels like a programme…

Henry Blofeld: Why I'm enjoying my long goodbye

23 September 2017 9:00 am

This retiring is a hectic business. When I said in June that it was going to be my last year…

An ambitious but selective account of all things Victorian and Edwardian

16 September 2017 9:00 am

This is a monumental but inevitably selective survey of all that occurred in Britain, for better or worse, in the…

After a long and bitter redevelopment debate, which way will Lord’s leap?

2 September 2017 9:00 am

In the rarefied circles of the sporting establishment a decision will soon be made affecting not just the future of…

England’s new cricketing heroes were real Test Match specials

5 August 2017 9:00 am

The weather forecast last Saturday promised 100 per cent likelihood of rain. I like that formulation: it doesn’t leave much…

What ‘shareholder value’ really means

29 July 2017 9:00 am

Two programmes this week presented two radically different world views, or rather ways of life. Aditya Chakrabortty’s series for Radio…

John Major: My lifelong love affair with the Oval

22 July 2017 9:00 am

My lifelong love affair with the Oval

The Queen, Camilla and me

8 July 2017 9:00 am

A funny thing happened on my way to lunch last week. I opened the Daily Mail and read a few…

Marvellous and heroic – the British and Irish Lions in New Zealand

8 July 2017 9:00 am

Give them all peerages as far as I’m concerned: if you can pick up a gong for bunging a few…

Pakistan’s cricket team and the power of redemption

24 June 2017 9:00 am

The Pakistan supporter was festooned in cream and green, and carried a chalkboard round his neck with the legend: ‘My…

Competitive sport is good for mind, body and soul

3 June 2017 9:00 am

‘Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend. Sorry to tell you that, mate,’ the Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios remarked to his opponent…

Three cheers for rugby’s Italian loophole

4 March 2017 9:00 am

A friend was at Twickenham on Sunday sitting not far from the Italian coaching top brass, Conor O’Shea and Mike…

The breathtaking brilliance of England rugby’s new golden generation

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Perfection in sport: unattainable, but sometimes you can come close. Moments, people, actions you never tire of watching: Roger Federer’s…

If you can see top games for free, where will footie’s millions come from?

21 January 2017 9:00 am

At a wedding a few years back a very gloomy looking guest, a well-known Geordie actor as it happens, arrived…

What would Freud have to say about Matthew Parris?

14 January 2017 9:00 am

Freudian slap Sir: In his Notes (7 January), Charles Moore explores the uncharacteristic reaction of Matthew Parris to the referendum…

In South Africa, sport is a question of justice

7 January 2017 9:00 am

South Africa’s sporting quotas have a laudable aim. Is that enough?

Shoo-in skippers are often a disaster. Joe Root could be another

7 January 2017 9:00 am

Those who occupy them sometimes say that the only two jobs that matter in England are Chief of the Defence…

The inevitable waning of Wayne Rooney

15 October 2016 9:00 am

As the final chords of the Wagnerian epic that is ‘The Dropping of Wayne Rooney’ fade away, we can leave…

Are the new All Blacks the greatest rugby side ever?

17 September 2016 9:00 am

British Lions fans of anervous disposition should avoid the telly of a Saturday morning. Live before your very eyes, as…

English cricket clubs are mad to stay away from Zimbabwe

3 September 2016 9:00 am

Make sure you tell everybody about Zimbabwe,’ said the lady at our block of flats in suburban Harare as we…

Coming to terms with trench warfare, 1916

27 August 2016 9:00 am

From ‘The bed-rock of war’, The Spectator, 26 August 1916: As a rule in war the bowling has a great advantage over…

The Olympics are wonderful. Pity about the rest of the sport

20 August 2016 9:00 am

It seems like a long time ago, but back in the day, when Sir John Major launched the National Lottery,…

How more data can make you more wrong

13 August 2016 9:00 am

In a one-day international against Australia last year, Ben Stokes was dismissed for ‘obstructing the field’, a rule rarely invoked…

Gender-fluid sisters and a hot-wired sword: cheating on an Olympic scale

6 August 2016 9:00 am

With the Olympics almost upon us our thoughts turn inexorably to the art of cheating. And while we should deplore…