England’s series opener against the West Indies at Edgbaston will see the first use of a pink ball in a Test match in the UK. Alison Mitchell tells the story behind the newcomer’s construction…
On July 11, when Afghanistan played their first match at Lord’s, the Compton and Mound Stands – packed with Pashtun passion – were where the party was at. Continue reading Joining the Afghan party at Lord’s
July 27 will see The Oval stage its 100th Test. In an article first published in issue 17 of The Nightwatchman (an Oval special), Michael Holding reflects on the socio-political dimensions of the West Indies win in 1976.
“Despite concentrated efforts in the past 24 years, cricket has not been a sport of choice among the black population of South Africa,” wrote Steven Brenkley in Wisden 2016. “Stars can change that; Rabada and Bavuma already have.” Continue reading The importance of being Temba Bavuma
Christmas is often a time of despair for the English cricket fan. But occasional feats of unexpected excellence shine from the gloom. Continue reading Cricket at Christmas
Up next, England have five Tests against the ICC’s No. 1 Test bowler: Ravichandran Ashwin. It’s going to be a long series… Continue reading England enter Ashwin’s lair
While it’s often said that Misbah is the father figure of Pakistan cricket, this is no band of ephebic striplings he is leading. Of the Test-playing nations, Pakistan are currently the oldest… Continue reading Misbah’s ageing marvels: wiser, but not wizened