It’s never boring at the barber’s when aliens and cryptocurrency are involved | Tim Adams

I used to go to a barber who believed he had once been abducted by aliens. Regular in-the-mirror conversation starters – “been away this year?”, “did you see the match last night?” – would generally return to that formative moment when the “grey figures” appeared at the foot of his bed. “To be honest, I’ve … Read more

NASSER HUSSAIN: Ollie Robinson appears primed for a big role in the Ashes

NASSER HUSSAIN: Ollie Robinson is fulfilling his early promise and appears primed for a big role in the Ashes… but England must manage their new star’s workload during this India series Ollie Robinson was always seen as a player with promise and he is fulfilling that  The bowler does plenty with the ball and has … Read more

Enough already! Sport needs to slow down and rein in its endless lust for growth | Emma John

There were murmurs of disquiet in the England dressing room at Headingley last week and this time they weren’t about the top-order batting. They followed the news that a handful of cricket administrators were in line to share a £2.1m bonus, despite Covid cuts that had cost 62 jobs and reduced players’ salaries at every … Read more

Joe Root becomes England’s most decorated captain and admits he’s ‘proud’ to surpass Michael Vaughan

‘I’m living my dream’: Joe Root becomes England’s most decorated captain after his 27th Test win – and admits he’s ‘proud’ to surpass fellow Yorkshireman Michael Vaughan Joe Root guided England to victory in the third Test against India on Saturday  The captain is now his nation’s most decorated captain on 27 Test victories  Root surpassed … Read more

Root thanks players after becoming England’s most successful Test captain | England v India 2021

A smiling and mellow Joe Root was delighted to overtake Michael Vaughan to become England’s most successful Test captain. The overwhelming innings win over India, a slam dunk before lunch on the fourth day, at Root’s home ground, notched up his 27th win in 55 games. “I couldn’t be more proud, proud to have gone … Read more

Jos Buttler could miss England’s ENITRE summer and the Ashes with star’s wife pregnant

England fear Jos Buttler could miss out on the remaining Test matches this year with wicketkeeper’s second child due imminently and doubts over his availability for The Ashes as Joe Root remains tight-lipped on plans England vice-captain Jos Buttler’s wife is pregnant with their second child The 30-year-old knew he may miss the final test … Read more

County cricket: Sussex, Hampshire, Somerset and Kent reach Finals Day | Cricket

Ball one: Rashid Khan is a credit to the game Yorkshire met Sussex in the first of the T20 Blast quarter-finals on Tuesday. A brace of 55s from Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Gary Ballance had taken Yorkshire up to 177, with 17-year-old Archie Lenham again bowling well for Sussex, his three overs going for just 19 … Read more

Redemption man Robinson’s seven-wicket haul must earn him new-ball role in Australia

Ashes to Ashes…redemption man Ollie Robinson’s seven-wicket haul against India MUST earn him new-ball role in Australia In only four tests Ollie Robinson has become an integral part of England’s attack  The offensive Tweets that marred his England debut are now a distant memory  The 27-year-old says he’s ‘trying to be a better person’ after Twitter … Read more

Ollie Robinson’s eventful year with England takes another upturn | England v India 2021

The narrative arc of Ollie Robinson’s summer would startle the chiselled hero of a summer beach bonk-buster. From hero to villain and back again, from county pro on the south coast to man of the match here, from being hauled up and suspended over past racist tweets to contemplating a long future as an England … Read more

Stubborn India fight back against England before Ollie Robinson removes Rohit Sharma

Joe Root signalled frantically to the dressing room where Jimmy Anderson was resting his weary body after tea. Virat Kohli had just walked out to bat and the England captain wanted his main man out there to greet him. If Anderson had continued his stranglehold over the India captain then, England would have taken a … Read more