Ashes

What do the radical Test and ODI cricket proposals really mean?

The International Cricket Council’s (ICC) recent announcement that Test and one-day international cricket are headed for a dramatic shake-up has created shockwaves through one of the most conservative of sports.

Traditionalists will argue the merits of history and look to retain the current status quo, most likely the same people who were dragging their heels when it came to the initial introduction of one-day cricket and the recent Twenty20 revolution.  

Sports 'Crown Jewels' resistance makes no sense

I’ve discussed my views here in the past about the importance of the sports ‘Crown Jewels’ and the list announced on Friday makes interesting reading.

The advisory Review Panel, led by former BBC journalist and Football Association chief David Davies, was always going to be contentious and it was impossible to please all of the people all of the time.

What now for sport's 'Crown Jewels' following online experiment?

I’ve been in two minds about the recent experiment of online broadcasting that limited the live audience for England’s World Cup qualifier in Ukraine last weekend.

There was outrage at the confirmation that the qualifier was only going to be available online, even though it’s probably the shape of things to come.

Did you enjoy watching the Ashes this summer?

No, neither did I.

Can you imagine the FA Cup final, World Cup, Wimbledon, Open golf, Olympics or Six Nations being taken off terrestrial television?

While the magical summer of 2005 will live long in the memory, the England Ashes victory against Australia has been the preserve of Sky Sports subscribers and pub owners across the country.