Andy Lloyd is a former England Test cricketer. An opening batsman, he captained Warwickshire in the late 80s and early 90s, leading them to success in the 1989 NatWest Trophy. He made a total of 17,211 first-class runs, including 29 centuries, and later enjoyed a spell as chairman of Warwickshire.
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
Wednesday 18 December 2013
THEY say Christmas is a time for reflection and I’ve a feeling England team director Andy Flower will be doing more soul-searching than most over the next couple of weeks.
Wednesday 11 December 2013
MAYBE there’s an element of complacency to England’s woeful Ashes – clearly Australia are more hungry; to a man, desperate to win – but the biggest factor looks to be that they have been badly prepared.
Wednesday 04 December 2013
IF EVER there was a time for England to end their run of failing to score 400 in 18 consecutive Test innings then the second Ashes Test, which starts tonight, is certainly it.
Tuesday 26 November 2013
I WAS not as surprised as some when I heard that Jonathan Trott was leaving the England Ashes squad because of a stress-related illness. He is a complex character and has always been his own man.
Wednesday 20 November 2013
IT’S not quite the end of an era, but this Ashes series in Australia represents the end of a cycle that coach Andy Flower and selectors have long been gearing up for.
Wednesday 13 November 2013
HE MAY not grab the headlines like Alec Stewart or Adam Gilchrist did, but we mustn’t underestimate the contribution Matt Prior has made to England’s success.
Wednesday 30 October 2013
AS ENGLAND prepare to dust off their whites for the first practice match of this Ashes tour, it’s worth reiterating what these games are for.
Tuesday 24 September 2013
IMAGINE this scenario: England lose James Anderson to injury early in this winter’s Ashes series and arrive in Melbourne for the fourth Test without their key bowler and needing to beat Australia.
Wednesday 11 September 2013
ASHLEY Giles has his hands tied with a number of his top players not available for selection to England’s one-day international squad, but that gives him licence to try the younger players and I think he’s missing a golden opportunity at the momen
Thursday 05 September 2013
AS ENGLAND prepare for their one-day series against Australia, which starts tomorrow, it’s hard to escape the feeling that ordinary punters are being cheated.
Tuesday 27 August 2013
AFTER a thoroughly enjoyable Ashes series played in excellent spirit it was a terrible shame to see a thrilling final day’s play halted before its fitting conclusion, leaving cricket looking silly.
Wednesday 21 August 2013
WITH the Ashes long since retained and a series victory also ensured before today’s fifth and final Test, there is an obvious danger that some England players could ease off when play resumes at the Oval today.
Wednesday 14 August 2013
WHEN Ian Bell was selected for Michael Vaughan’s team in the 2005 Ashes series he was ridiculed by Australia. They nicknamed him the Sherminator and, Old Trafford aside, he scored 47 runs in four Test matches.
Friday 09 August 2013
THE SERIES desperately needed a competitive edge and, after Australia had the better of the third Test, that has been reintroduced.
Thursday 01 August 2013
ENGLAND have the chance to retain the Ashes at Old Trafford and there is no reason to think they won’t if, as expected, the weather ensures enough play.
Tuesday 23 July 2013
THE ASHES is all over as a series. There is more chance of pigs flying over Sydney Harbour Bridge than this Australia side coming back from 2-0 down and reclaiming the urn.
Tuesday 16 July 2013
I WOULD be disappointed if the performance at Trent Bridge is not the worst this summer, because England are better than that, especially with the bat.
Wednesday 10 July 2013
WINNING the Test series in India during the winter, England’s first for 27 years, was a monumental achievement and one that can never be taken away from Alastair Cook.