Andy Lloyd is a former England Test cricketer who has also served as captain and chairman of Warwickshire.
Thursday 21 August 2014
IN ALL sport winning is a habit and, though the personnel will be slightly different, the emphatic manner in which England won the Test series means it will be extremely hard for India to reverse that trend in the one-day series, which starts on M
Wednesday 13 August 2014
A THIRD successive Test victory this week to round off the series and beat India 3-1 at the Oval would be a terrific way for England to cap a transformative few weeks, but it’s not vital.
Thursday 07 August 2014
I ADMIRE an awful lot of things about how India try to play cricket but I haven’t been impressed with their pursuit of James Anderson over an altercation with Ravi Jadeja during the first Test and, ultimately, I think it has seen them shoot themse
Friday 01 August 2014
IMPRESSIVE though it was, yesterday marked England’s first victory for almost a year and talk of them now steamrolling India and winning the series is premature. Positives weren’t hard to come by, though, so let’s enjoy those first.
Wednesday 23 July 2014
I DON’T want to hammer England’s selectors. They generally get it right. There is a huge gap between county and Test level and not everyone is able to bridge it, yet they tend to choose well.
Wednesday 16 July 2014
Lancashire spinner Simon Kerrigan’s possible recall for the second Test against India has provoked a real fuss, with fears that another flaying could end his international career.
Wednesday 09 July 2014
ENGLAND may go into today’s first Test against India reeling from a first home series defeat to Sri Lanka but I strongly fancy them to come out on top in the next five matches.
Thursday 26 June 2014
HE MIGHT insist that he wants to carry on and fight for his place, but repeated failures with the bat and his inability as a captain to avoid a home Test series defeat to Sri Lanka mean that scrutiny of Alastair Cook’s place in the England team ju
Wednesday 25 June 2014
IT WAS a shame England got so close to a draw in the end, but when you are 57-5 against that Sri Lankan bowling attack then defeat can come as no great surprise.
Wednesday 18 June 2014
IT MIGHT have been an agonising margin that separated England from victory over Sri Lanka in the first Test this week, but now the dust has settled it’s time to look at what went wrong.
Wednesday 11 June 2014
ENGLAND’S first Test against Sri Lanka tomorrow at Lord’s may be their debut five-day outing under new head coach Peter Moores, but it is two other men who will be in the spotlight.
Thursday 05 June 2014
ENGLAND captain Alastair Cook clearly felt that Sri Lanka bowler Sachithra Senanayake’s stumping of Jos Buttler in Tuesday’s one-day series decider amounted to skulduggery, but I disagree.
Wednesday 28 May 2014
INCONSISTENCY is rife in teams that A) lack confidence and B) aren’t top class and that’s what this England team is at the moment. They are an evolving side with a lot to prove.
Thursday 22 May 2014
IF ENGLAND were to win the forthcoming one-day series with Sri Lanka it would be a terrific effort, but I can’t tip that outcome. Realistically, I hope they go down fighting after competing in every match.
Wednesday 14 May 2014
AS INTERESTING as a handful of matches against one of the best short-form nations in the world will be, I’ll also be fascinated by the sub-plots of the forthcoming clashes with Sri Lanka.
Thursday 24 April 2014
PETER Moores inherits an England set-up in desperate need of a fresh approach – namely a renewed emphasis on free, attacking cricket and players doing more thinking for themselves.
Wednesday 02 April 2014
FIRST things first: for England professionals to lose to the Netherlands’ team of virtual amateurs by a big margin this week at the World Twenty20 was embarrassing and pathetic.
Wednesday 26 March 2014
ENTERTAINMENT has been in abundant supply at the current World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, and that’s largely down to some stellar individual performances lighting up terrific matches.
Wednesday 05 March 2014
FOR the sake of putting their Ashes nightmare behind them it’s important that England complete a one-day series victory in the West Indies today, yet there are bigger issues at play.
Wednesday 26 February 2014
CHANGE is in the air for the England team as they embark on their first series since the disastrous Ashes tour, and without stars such as Kevin Pietersen and Alastair Cook.
Wednesday 12 February 2014
ONE issue lost amid the furore over Kevin Pietersen’s sacking by England chiefs is what this regrettable episode says about the dressing room. Specifically, is it all a bit too serious?
Tuesday 04 February 2014
COACH Andy Flower’s decision to step down from the England job following a disastrous winter caused mild surprise but it was no shock.
Wednesday 22 January 2014
EIGHT consecutive defeats against Australia in all formats means a major debrief is essential when the players return home, but even now it is clear that certain changes will be needed.
Wednesday 15 January 2014
ENGLAND’S problem, in Test matches and now one-day cricket too, is that they have forgotten how to get runs on the board and build a strong start.
Tuesday 07 January 2014
Flower and Cook deserve to stay, but their unconditional support is strange