Cricket Features

A general view of the wicket during day one of the Third Test match between England and India at the Oval on August 9, 2007
Cricket & Corruption - The Ins and Outs
Betting on sport has been around as long as organised competition has existed, but with sports betting comes greedy punters - and athletes themselves.
Feb 3, 07:14
Ricky Ponting of Australia celebrates making a half century on debut during the First Test between Australia ans Sri Lanka held at the WACA December 8, 1995
On this day: Australia's Ricky Ponting scores 96 on Test debut
Twenty years ago today, a young Ricky Ponting scored 96 runs on his first ever Test appearance for Australia.
Dec 10, 06:00
Virender Sehwag attends a training session at The Sardar Patel Stadium at Motera in Ahmedabad on November 13, 2012
On this day: India's Virender Sehwag hits record one-day international score
Four years ago today, Indian batsman Virender Sehwag scored 219 runs against the West Indies, which at the time was a one-day international record.
Dec 8, 06:00
England's Ben Stokes and England players celebrates as England wrap up the game and retain the Ashes on the third day of the fourth Ashes cricket Test match between England and Australia at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, England on August 8, 2015
England in South Africa: Who makes the XI?
Sports Mole picks the 11 players that should take to the field for England's first Test match away in South Africa later this month.
Dec 1, 12:16
Australia cricketer Mitchell Johnson celebrates with team-mates after taking a wicket of South Africa's Alviro Petersen, during the 4th day of the first test match on February 15, 2014
Australian bowler Mitchell Johnson retires: Twitter tributes
Sports Mole takes a look at some of the Twitter reaction to the news of Mitchell Johnson's retirement from all forms of international cricket.
Nov 17, 15:57
Mitchell Johnson leaves the field after playing his final Test for Australia on November 17, 2015
Mitchell Johnson: Top five bowling spells
Following his retirement, Sports Mole looks back on five of Mitchell Johnson's most impressive bowling spells at international level.
Nov 17, 13:09
Glamorgan bowler Graham Wagg celebrates after taking the wicket of Essex batsman Kishen Velani during day three of the LV County Championship Division two match between Glamorgan and Essex at SWALEC Stadium on May 20, 2015 in Cardiff, Wales.
OTD: ECB bans Warwickshire's Graham Wagg for 15 months
Eleven years ago today, former England A international Graham Wagg was banned for 15 months after he had tested positive for cocaine.
Oct 18, 06:00
Sir Viv Richards of the West Indies shows off his batting skills during the ECB Cricket Roadshow held at Clapham Common, in London.
On this day: Viv Richards blasts West Indies to victory over Sri Lanka
Twenty-eight years ago today, Viv Richards scored 181 runs off just 125 balls as the West Indies thrashed Sri Lanka at the Cricket World Cup.
Oct 13, 06:00
Marcus Trescothick (C), Man of Match for 5th Test, lifts fellow batsman Mark Butcher (L) as England celebrates beating South Africa, 08 September 2003
On this day: England record unexpected win over South Africa
Twelve years ago today, England defied the odds to beat South Africa by nine wickets at The Oval.
Sep 8, 08:00
Ashley Giles, the Lancashire head coach, looks on during day three of the LV Division Two County Championship match between Northamptonshire and Lancashire held at the County Ground on May 5, 2015
On this day: England's Ashley Giles announces retirement
Eight years ago today, Ashes winner Ashley Giles announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.
Aug 9, 08:00
James Anderson celebrates the wicket of Mitchell Marsh during day one of the third Ashes Test between England and Australia at Edgbaston on July 29, 2015
Five potential replacements for James Anderson
Sports Mole looks at some of the bowlers who could replace the injured James Anderson for the fourth Test of the Ashes series.
Aug 1, 09:57
Australia's Mitchell Marsh (L) celebrates bowling out Englands Captain Alastair Cook (down) on the third day of the second Ashes cricket test match between England and Australia at Lord's cricket ground in London, on July 18, 2015
Third Ashes Test: Should England make changes?
Following their Ashes humiliation at Lord's, Sports Mole assesses whether England need to make any changes ahead of the Edgbaston Test.
Jul 20, 12:06
England's Andrew Flintoff celebrates after bowling Australia's Peter Siddle (not pictured) and gets five wickets on his final Ashes match at Lords during the Australian second Innings on the final day of the second Ashes Test match at Lord's cricket groun
On this day: Retiring Andrew Flintoff skittles out Australians at Lord's
Six years ago today, a retiring Andrew Flintoff claimed a five-for as England beat Australia at Lord's for the first time in 75 years.
Jul 20, 08:00
Adam Hollioake, the Surrey captain, and the rest of the team celebrate with the trophy after the Surrey v Warwickshire Final of the Twenty20 competition at Trent Bridge on July 19, 2003
On this day: Surrey Lions win first Twenty20 Cup
Twelve years ago today, Surrey Lions eased to a nine-wicket win over the Warwickshire Bears in the first ever Twenty20 Cup final.
Jul 19, 08:00
England's James Anderson (L) celebrates with teammates after taking the final wicket of Brad Haddin for 71 during play on the fifth day of the first Ashes cricket test match between England and Australia at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, central England on J
On this day: James Anderson heroics wrap up first Ashes Test
Two years ago today, bowler James Anderson was the England hero as the home side won the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge.
Jul 14, 08:00
England captain Alastair Cook holds the urn after England win the Ashes on August 25, 2013
The 2015 Ashes: Five key battles
Sports Mole picks out five of the most important battles ahead of the start of this summer's Ashes series.
Jul 7, 11:55
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On this day: Wales humiliate England in one-day international
Thirteen years ago today, Wales recorded a shock eight-wicket one-day international victory over England.
Jun 24, 08:00
England's Jos Buttler (R) celebrates scoring his century during the first one-day international (ODI) cricket match between England and New Zealand at Edgbaston cricket ground, in Birmingham, central England on June 9, 2015
England hammer New Zealand: Five that impressed
Sports Mole picks out five of the most impressive England players from their resounding one-day international victory over New Zealand.
Jun 10, 15:08
Former England cricket captain Andrew Strauss during a press conference on August 29, 2012
Andrew Strauss: Five immediate tasks
Sports Mole picks out five situations that England's new director of cricket Andrew Strauss needs to address quickly.
May 11, 11:18
Lewis Gregory of Somerset celebrates dismissing Jason Roy of Surrey during the Royal London One-Day Cup match between Surrey and Somerset at The Kia Oval on August 20, 2014
The new faces of English one-day international cricket
Sports Mole takes a closer look at the six players that could make their one-day international debuts next week.
Apr 29, 11:37
Richie Benaud pictured on January 3, 2013
Richie Benaud dies: Twitter reacts
Sports Mole takes a look at how Twitter reacted to the passing of legendary cricket commentator Richie Benaud.
Apr 10, 01:00
Nathan Lyon of Australia leads the team song on the pitch after day five of the Third Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at WACA on December 17, 2013
In profile: Australia's Ashes squad
Sports Mole takes a closer look at the 17 Australian players that will be hoping to retain The Ashes in England this summer.
Apr 1, 11:29
Englands Gary Ballance plays a sweep shot watched by Sri Lankas wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene (L) and Sri Lankas Mahela Jayawardene (C) during play on the fourth day of the first cricket Test match between England and Sri Lanka at Lord's cricket groun
Sports Mole's England XI for West Indies tour
Sports Mole picks the 11 players that we believe should take the field for England in the first Test against the West Indies in April.
Mar 22, 11:53
English players come from the field at the innings break during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup match between England and Bangladesh at Adelaide Oval on March 9, 2015
England's top Cricket World Cup performers
Sports Mole looks back at some of England's top individual performers at the Cricket World Cup following the team's exit.
Mar 13, 13:57
Ashish Nehra of India celebrates the wicket of Alec Stewart of England during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003, Pool A match between England and India held on February 26, 2003
On this day: India thrash England at 2003 World Cup
On this day in 2003, India inflicted an 82-run defeat on England at the Cricket World Cup in South Africa.
Feb 26, 10:04
Virender Sehwag attends a training session at The Sardar Patel Stadium at Motera in Ahmedabad on November 13, 2012
On this day: Virender Sehwag hits 175 in 2011 World Cup opener
On this day in 2011, an innings of 175 from Virender Sehwag earned India a win over Bangladesh in the opening match of the Cricket World Cup.
Feb 19, 10:14
Steven Finn smiles to the crowd after taking five wickets during England's match with India on January 20, 2015
Cricket World Cup hat-tricks
Following the exploits of Steven Finn, Sports Mole looks back on the eight hat-tricks that have been taken at the Cricket World Cup.
Feb 15, 10:56
New Zealand's spin bowler Daniel Vettori appeals for the wicket of England's Kevin Pietersen during their Group C Cricket World Cup Match at Beausejour cricket ground in Gros Islet, St. Lucia 16 March 2007
England's opening matches at the last five World Cups
Sports Mole takes a look at England's last five opening matches at the Cricket World Cup.
Feb 14, 09:43
Jonathan Trott of England looks on during day one of the 3rd Investec Ashes Test match between England and Australia at Old Trafford Cricket Ground on August 1, 2013
On this day: Jonathan Trott tortures Australia in Melbourne
On this day four years ago, Jonathan Trott scored an unbeaten 141 to help England on their way to a victory which would clinch the 2010-11 Ashes series with Australia.
Dec 27, 10:10
:England cricketer Eoin Morgan plays a shot during the fourth One Day International (ODI) match between Sri Lanka and England at the R. Premadasa Cricket Stadium in Colombo on December 7, 2014
In Profile: Eoin Morgan
Sports Mole profiles newly-appointed England one-day captain Eoin Morgan.
Dec 21, 10:55
England cricketer Moeen Ali raises his bat and helmet in celebration after scoring a century (100 runs) during the first One Day International (ODI) match between Sri Lanka and England at the R. Premadasa Cricket Stadium in Colombo on November 26, 2014
Sports Mole's England World Cup XI
Sports Mole follows Kevin Pietersen in naming its England XI for the 50-over World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, which begins in February next year.
Dec 6, 12:04
Australia batsman Phil Hughes is in action during the cricket match between Australia and South Africa in the one day international tri-series which includes Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club, on August 27, 2014
A tribute to Phil Hughes
Sports Mole pays tribute to Phil Hughes following the death of the Australian batsman at the age of 25.
Nov 27, 08:07
Kevin Pietersen of England bats during day three of 4th Investec Ashes Test match between England and Australia at Emirates Durham ICG on August 11, 2013
Kevin Pietersen saga: No one wins as ECB fail to take higher ground
Sports Mole takes a look at how the Kevin Pietersen saga has had an impact on the future of English cricket.
Oct 10, 10:37
Gary Ballance in action during day four of the LV County Championship division One match between Yorkshire and Middlesex at Headingley on September 20, 2013
What we learned in the 2014 season
Sports Mole looks back on the lessons learned from the 2014 season in England.
Oct 3, 11:50
Kevin Pietersen celebrates his century against Australia at The Oval on September 12, 2005.
On this day: Kevin Pietersen century guides England to Ashes triumph
On this day nine years ago Kevin Pietersen hits his maiden Test century to lead England to a 2-1 Ashes series triumph.
Sep 12, 10:24
England's Alastair Cook walks off after being stumped off the bowling of India's Ambati Rayudu during the third one-day international cricket match between England and India at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, central England on August 30, 2014
Alastair Cook faces battle to save legacy
Sports Mole takes a look at the reasons why it is time for Alastair Cook to walk away from one-day international cricket.
Sep 5, 10:20
Jacques Kallis of South Africa bats during day three of the Second Test Match between Australia and South Africa at Adelaide Oval on November 24, 2012
Jacques Kallis: A Modern-Day Legend
Following his decision to retire from all forms of international cricket, Sports Mole takes a closer look at the career of South Africa's Jacques Kallis.
Aug 1, 11:47
Players from each team pose with the Natwest T20 Blast trophy in Birmingham on April 17, 2014.
NatWest T20 Blast preview
Sports Mole looks ahead to the upcoming 18-team NatWest T20 Blast competition, which gets underway this evening.
May 16, 10:12
England's Kevin Pietersen walks off after being given out off the bowling of Australia's Peter Siddle
On this day: Controversial Kevin Pietersen handed ECB fine
On this day in 2010, Kevin Pietersen was fined by the ECB for comments he made towards them during the Pakistan series.
Sep 6, 09:49
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On this day: Bob Willis sweeps through Australian batsmen
Thirty-two years ago today, Bob Willis claimed eight Australian wickets as England pulled off an unlikely Ashes victory.
Jul 21, 09:36