Can Rochelle from The Saturdays tell her shortcrust from her choux? Is Olympic athlete Victoria Pendleton as swift with a whisk as she is round the velodrome? On GBBO charity spin-off series, The Great Sport Relief Bake-Off, a celebrity's baking ability is inversely proportionate to their entertainment value, but it's still fun to speculate on which of this year's batch will actually have any skill.
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Sunday 01 November 2009
Thursday 29 October 2009
Michael Vaughan has accused Jonathan Trott of celebrating with South Africa's players after England lost in 2008.
Sunday 23 August 2009
Australia came to target Andrew Strauss. They will leave knowing that the England captaincy could not be in tougher or more reliable hands. A baton held so tightly for a couple of years by Michael Vaughan and then briefly juggled by Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen is back under control.
Wednesday 15 July 2009
Michael Vaughan, the former England captain, has urged the selectors to pick Durham's fast bowler Steve Harmison for the second Ashes Test at Lord's this week, even if Andrew Flintoff plays.
Tuesday 30 June 2009
Andrew Flintoff led the tributes after former England captain Michael Vaughan announced his retirement from cricket today.
Tuesday 30 June 2009
Michael Vaughan has confirmed his retirement from all forms of cricket.
Friday 12 June 2009
With the Ashes Test series looming again English cricket fans will be hoping for a re-run of England’s last triumph in the tournament four years ago.
Thursday 07 May 2009
Wednesday 29 April 2009
Monday 27 April 2009
Michael Vaughan at last found the sort of form that could earn him an England recall by striking a near faultless 82 in Yorkshire's Friends Provident Trophy match with Sussex Sharks which opened the home season at Headingley yesterday.
Sunday 26 April 2009
Either cricket is blooming with health or it is dead on its feet. Depends who you believe. The doom-mongers, who include the '2009 Wisden Almanack', have made much of a survey conducted in London schools last year by the Pro-Active South London group. To the killer question, which sport would you like to play more of, so few said it was cricket that it finished in 21st place, behind martial arts, archery and skiing (though Asian respondents, significantly, placed it well inside the top 10, and those of Pakistani origin put it top). Yet last week the England and Wales Cricket Board published another report showing that participation in the game last year increased by 24 per cent, 49 per cent in the case of women and girls. Impressive figures, in cricket terms almost Bradmanesque. These extremes cannot both be correct – unless other sports are simply increasing in popularity even more, south London is out of kilter with the rest of the nation or people do not want to play more cricket for the simple reason that they are already playing enough. Pete Ackerley, the ECB's head of development, was miffed about the schools survey, which he claimed was not truly representative. "More young people are playing cricket and more are being coached," he said. All this will re-open the debate on whether cricket needs a more prominent presence on free-to-air television, which seems to be a red herring considering archery does not appear to have a prime-time slot on BBC1 unless you count Robin Hood on Saturdays. The truth seems to be that cricket can hardly afford complacency, can never drop its guard, so to speak, against such interlopers as martial arts, but may actually be winning.
Sunday 12 April 2009
The only cricket Durham and MCC played here yesterday was the indoor variety in the dressing room. The umpires appeared every hour but the ground was enveloped by the damp. "It's soaking out there," reported James Foster, the MCC wicketkeeper.
Wednesday 08 April 2009
Andrew Strauss yesterday claimed there was more to his game than being a "stodgy Test opener" but admitted that he was not ideally suited to Twenty20 cricket. The England Test and one-day captain was fielding questions about his surprise omission from his country's ICC World Twenty20 squad for the tournament which takes place in June. Strauss had been widely expected to be handed the captaincy, an impression that was reinforced by his rapid half century in the fourth one-day international against West Indies, which laid the foundations for England's series victory.
Thursday 19 March 2009
Captains, vice-captains and former captains perpetually dominate English cricket. They did so again here yesterday. It was informally announced that Andrew Strauss, the incumbent skipper in all forms of the game, will be fit for the opening one-day match at Providence Stadium tomorrow.
Saturday 14 March 2009
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