Match Preview – Pakistan vs England, England in Pakistan 2022, 4th T20I

Big picture The shapeshifting nature of a seven-match T20I series makes it difficult to capture the big picture in words that age well, so the first rule of doing this is accepting that. England, after all, have a seemingly bottomless pit of explosive T20 cricketers, and as Harry Brook and Will Jacks – who debuted … Read more

Match Preview – India vs Australia, Australia in India 2022, 3rd T20I

Big picture An eight-overs-a-side sprint in Nagpur ended with India levelling the T20I series 1-1 thanks to some outstanding bowling from Axar Patel and a supreme display of ball-striking from Rohit Sharma. But it’s difficult for the two sides to gain a lot from the experience on Friday, other than gleaning some insight into how … Read more

Match Preview – Pakistan vs England, England in Pakistan 2022, 2nd T20I

Now that the first game is out of the way, England will feel a whole lot better about themselves. Not simply because they put in a clinical performance to go up 1-0, but also because the reputational damage of last year’s pullout has begun to be undone. After Pakistan helped prop England Cricket up financially … Read more

Match Preview – India vs Australia, Australia in India 2022, 1st T20I

Big Picture Post the 2021 T20 World Cup, India have played a total of 29 T20Is heading into this series. Australia, meanwhile, have played just nine. Irrespective of their prep, Australia might turn up in their usual confident manner at the T20 World Cup – but this time they’ll have to defend the title in … Read more

Match Preview – Pakistan vs England, England in Pakistan 2022, 1st T20I

Big picture Seventeen long years ago, in the cold of a misty December night, England’s cricketers made their way off the field at Rawalpindi after a consolation victory in the fifth and final ODI. It was the final act of a tour in which little had gone right for England in either red- or white-ball … Read more

Match Preview – Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, Asia Cup 2022, Final

Big picture It is a tournament Pakistan love, and yet a tournament that hasn’t always loved them back. Pakistan’s curious lack of success over this competition’s four-decade history has always baffled and puzzled, given, if history is a guide, there are only three possible ultimate destinations for this trophy. For the first half of this … Read more

Match Preview – India vs Sri Lanka, Asia Cup 2022, 9th Match, Super Four

Big picture One bad result is all it takes to leave a team staring at possible elimination from the Asia Cup. Pakistan faced – and overcame – that challenge after losing to India in the group stages. And now it’s India who are in a precarious position after losing to Pakistan in the Super 4 … Read more

Match Preview – Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, Asia Cup 2022, 12th Match, Super Four

Big Picture Both economies are on the verge of collapse – Sri Lanka’s, it might be argued, is collapsing already; both nations are straining under outsized external debt; and both are negotiating with the IMF for relief. It is the first of two Pakistan vs Sri Lanka matches to finish the Asia Cup off. Welcome … Read more

Match Preview – England vs South Africa, South Africa in England 2022, 3rd Test

Big Picture The Hundred is done and dusted… now back to more traditionally minded short-form thrills. England and South Africa have been in hyper-drive during a compelling but erratic Test campaign – a crushing innings victory apiece to date, with neither match surviving beyond the third day. And as we head to the decider at … Read more

Match Preview – Afghanistan vs India, Asia Cup 2022, 11th Match, Super Four

Big Picture It’s a dead game as far as the tournament goes but try telling that to India and Afghanistan – both hurting after a series of heartbreaking losses. Now, before they hop on an early flight home, there’s pride and some game time to accrue as they build towards the T20 World Cup. Surely … Read more