2017 has been a vintage year for vintage talents. From Trott’s trio of Championship tons to Sanga’s sumptuous sign-off, old stagers have graced county cricket this term. But what keeps them coming back for more, long after the international lights have gone out?
This summer’s Kia Super League has shown glimpses of what England might produce in years to come, says Isabelle Westbury, and a new era is in sight…
If the Women’s World Cup left you wanting more drama then look no further than the Kia Super League, which returns on Thursday, says Isabelle Westbury…
We are a society which purports to endorse rehabilitation. So why do we condemn those who have fallen afoul of strict doping regulations?
Almost forty years ago The Buggles topped the music charts with their smash hit, “Video Killed the Radio Star”. A nostalgic hark back to a lost era, the single epitomised a wider anxiety towards impending technological change. Just two years after the single was released MTV, the American music television channel, was launched and the song’s lyrical prophecy appeared to have come true – pictures had come and broken radio’s heart.
India will face England in the final of the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup and they will be heavily dependent on their skipper Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur.
The 2017 Women’s World Cup marks another sea change in attitudes to women’s sport in the UK, writes BBC commentator and former Middlesex Women’s skipper Isabelle Westbury.
“The business of sport is dominated by men.” Clare Connor, director of England women’s cricket at the ECB and the only female member of the ICC’s Cricket Committee, wasn’t spouting feminist opinion when she made this statement, merely a simple truth. The Women’s World Cup is just around the corner and with reports of record ticket sales, the state of the women’s game on the pitch is arguably in a healthier state than ever before. But what of those off it?
A lot has been made of England’s transformation since their beleaguered 2015 World Cup campaign Down Under.
Back then, their 50-over tournament came to a fitting culmination as England scraped a win in a rain-ridden dead rubber against minnows Afghanistan. In effect, their revival started as all good English revivals do – drowning in a beer-swilled haze of good intentions.
With a premature Champions trophy exit, England’s national habit of failing to win a major sporting tournament continues. Set up by a media complicit in placing the weight of a nation on our athletes’ shoulders, at least when the fall does come, it makes for compelling reading.
When England’s male cricketers last got knocked out at the group stage of a global tournament, Australia had the courtesy to go on and win the thing. Two years on from their humiliation at the hands of a burgeoning Bangladesh side, the tables appeared to have turned; England were favourites and well set going into the knockout stages of this year’s Champions Trophy.