Don’t let the series defeat fool you, Ben Stokes’ captaincy is as good as Mike Brearley’s

Mike Brearley was more dictatorial than Ben Stokes, but an equally impressive man-manager – Getty Images/Patrick Eagar Even after losing this Test series in India, his first series defeat in charge, Ben Stokes should still be recognized for what he is: one of the most successful captains England have ever had. Michael Brearley is widely … Read more

Team GB at the Paris Olympics: who are the British athletes to watch at the 2024 Games?

British Canoe Slalom teammates (L-R) Kimberley Woods, Joe Clarke, Adam Burgess and Mallory Franklin celebrate their selection for the Paris Olympics – Getty Images/Sam Mellish The first athletes to represent Great Britain at the Olympic Games in Paris next year have been announced. Team GB have unveiled the majority of their sailors for the 2024 … Read more

Why Durham is England’s most underrated county

Seaham Hall is one of County Durham’s most iconic country houses: Seaham Hall It should come as no surprise that Britain’s first privately owned nuclear power station will be built on Teesside in County Durham – the county has been at the forefront of innovation since Saxon times. Durham gave us the first pointed arch … Read more

Rugby participation laws have gone too far: nationality no longer matters

Bundee Aki, Immanuel Feyi-Waboso and Duhan van der Merwe all play for countries where they were not born Your best against our best: it’s the sacred principle on which all international team sports are built. And yet even a league as enmeshed in tribal identity as the Six Nations has drifted from these moorings. Take … Read more

England’s Bazballers need to address these areas to get to the next level

Ben Stokes may have to recalibrate England’s strategy – Getty Images/Gareth Copley Competing with Australia and India, England failed to beat the two best teams in the world and to get to the next level they need to “smooth off the rough edges”, as Brendon McCullum admitted after the defeat in Ranchi. “I haven’t thought … Read more

Ollie Lawrence can be England’s best center – if they learn to use him properly

England did not make optimal use of Ollie Lawrence – PA/Andrew Milligan Before the emergence of Tom Curry and Sam Underhill some six years ago, England did a bustling trade in six-and-a-halfs; bruising, industrious back-rowers who were not considered cunning or mobile enough to be labeled ‘real opensides’. Chris Robshaw and James Haskell famously leaned … Read more