Alex Byrne

The Hundred delay sparks fresh debate over format

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the England and Wales Cricket Board have delayed the launch of their new competition, The Hundred, to 2021. The Hundred was meant to revitalise English cricket, capitalising on the renewed buzz around the sport following success in 2019’s World Cup and Ashes. Its delay has caused...
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Posted Sep. 23, 2020

West Indies’ arrival marks cricket’s road to resumption

As news filtered through that the West Indies cricket team had landed in Manchester for their three-match series against England, an odd feeling of hope spread among the cricketing community. When cricket shut down its season you wouldn’t have been a pessimist to suggest that there would be no cricket...
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Posted Jun. 16, 2020

Ben Stokes deservedly named world’s leading cricketer

Wisden, cricket’s annual reference book, has named England all-rounder Ben Stokes as the leading cricketer in the world for 2019. Few could find cause to complain, as Stokes’ World Cup and Ashes heroics not only brought England on-field success, but diverted the national conversation towards cricket. It is no surprise...
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Posted Apr. 13, 2020

How do England move on after a Cricket World Cup victory?

There is a moment in Barney Douglas’ cricket documentary The Edge when England celebrate becoming the number one ranked test side. After a moment of elation, there is deflation. The documentary asks: what next? What comes after reaching the pinnacle?  This is a question which now faces Eoin Morgan’s England,...
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Posted Feb. 19, 2020

There are a lot of questions remaining for New-Look England

There’s nothing quite like test cricket. After the end of the English summer a few T20I series and South Africa’s embarrassing tour of India have been scant morsels for the cricket world to feed off. While England began their two-test series against New Zealand, the rest of the cricketing world...
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Posted Dec. 13, 2019

Indomitable Hamilton manages to claim his sixth title

Lewis Hamilton has claimed his sixth Formula 1 World Championship after finishing second at the US Grand Prix. It is difficult to not sound like a broken record now, as this is Hamilton’s fifth title in the past six years. This season, he has been the class of the field,...
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Posted Dec. 6, 2019

The Beatles’ Abbey Road at 50

When The Beatles released their final studio album, Let It Be, it was met with a sense of ennui. The reaction was not that the album was bad, but disappointing, a sad epitaph to the most influential band in pop music.
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Posted Oct. 7, 2019