Alex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

England v Australia: 4th Investec Ashes Test - Day Three

The Ashes: This Really Is As Good As It Gets

8 August 2015 18:44

All across the country this afternoon struggling club sides could cheer themselves with the thought that once their batsmen had…

England Nets Session

‘We’ve got to look at the data’ – English cricket kills itself

9 March 2015 12:57

“We’ve got to look at the data”. And so ended the Peter Moores era. Sure, Moores may yet remain the…

England's cricketer Kevin Pietersen play

The sad but inevitable downfall of Kevin Pietersen. A tragedy in two innings.

13 October 2014 19:31

Kevin Pietersen’s autobiography is the saddest book of its type I’ve ever read. By its end you begin to think…

England v South Africa: 1st Investec Test - Day One

India holds the cricket world to ransom; England and Australia agree to pay

27 January 2014 12:56

Almost no idea is rotten enough that it can’t or won’t be defended by some scoundrel somewhere. Even so, the…

England v Australia: 1st Investec Ashes Test - Day Five

A Carve-Up That’s Just Not Cricket

20 January 2014 15:14

By god, you know matters have come to a wretched pass when you feel inclined to defend and protect the…

Australia v England - Third Test: Day 5

A time for despair but not for panic

17 December 2013 15:57

All winning cricket teams are alike; each losing cricket team loses in its own way. It doesn’t matter, right now,…


A crucifixion in the City of Churches

9 December 2013 19:51

Here we go again. Time for another round of that perennial game so wearily familiar to England cricket supporters: Hunt the…

Australia v England - First Test: Day 2

Massacre at the Gabbatoir

22 November 2013 13:48

Don’t say you weren’t warned. You were. “Australia will win at least one test this winter…England will have a bad…

Sachin Tendulkar

Farewell to the Little Master: we will not see the likes of Sachin Tendulkar again.

13 November 2013 16:34

As you know, only seven batsmen have scored more than 50,000 first-class runs. Hobbs, Woolley, Hendren, Mead, Grace, Sutcliffe and…

England v Australia: 5th Investec Ashes Test - Day Five

Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust, if Pietersen don’t get ya, the ICC must.

26 August 2013 11:11

It was pretty dark. Darker, in fact, than it had been when the players were hauled off for bad light earlier in…

England v Australia: 4th Investec Ashes Test - Day Four

Australia are just New Zealand in disguise (plus Michael Clarke and Ryan Harris)

13 August 2013 14:08

Thumping Australia is grand; thumping Australia without playing well almost feels like cheating. But in a good way. This is…

England v Australia: 1st Investec Ashes Test - Day Five

What kind of Englishman is embarrassed by beating Australia?

16 July 2013 13:45

Four months ago I wondered if this might be the worst Australian side in history. Previous contenders for that badge…

The Country Ground at Taunton, home of Hopeless but never Serious causes. Photo: Getty.

The Sweet Sorrow of following Somerset Cricket

22 May 2013 18:05

Marcus Trescothick. Nick Compton. Alviro Petersen. James Hildreth. Craig Kieswetter. Jos Buttler. When all troops are fit and available Somerset…

Mike Denness

Mike Denness and an All-Time Scottish Cricket XI

20 April 2013 13:59

Mike Denness, who died yesterday, could credibly claim to be the finest Scots-reared cricketer of the past 50 years. That…

John Wisden

Wisden, 150 Not Out

13 April 2013 10:51

Summer, or rather the hint or promise of it, only arrives with the publication of Wisden. The cricketers’ almanack –…

Australia v Sri Lanka - Third Test: Day 2

Can't Bat, Can't Bowl, Can't Field: Is this the worst Australian cricket team ever?

4 March 2013 13:26

Stuart Law. Darren Lehmann. Jamie Cox. Phil Jaques. Brad Hodge. Michael di Venuto. Chris Rogers. Martin Love. Tom Moody. Nine…

Bodyline Controversy

80 years ago, Bodyline ended and English cricket enjoyed a triumph

28 February 2013 19:13

Today, February 28th 2013, is the 80th anniversary of the conclusion to one of the finest – and certainly the…

Frank Keating, 1937-2013 - Spectator Blogs

26 January 2013 13:53

A while back a friend remarked that a piece I’d written – on cricket probably though, perhaps, darts – was…

Australia v India - First Test: Day 1

Ricky Ponting's Recessional - Spectator Blogs

4 December 2012 15:02

With the Don at three and Keith Miller inked for the all-rounder’s role at six there are only two open…

Australia v India - Second Test: Day 4

Very, Very Special: An Appreciation of VVS Laxman - Spectator Blogs

20 August 2012 15:54

And then there was one.  Of the four princes who made India the world’s best side to watch in the…

England's cricketer Kevin Pietersen play

The Unbearable Weight of Being Kevin Pietersen

8 August 2012 12:47

How do you solve a problem like Kevin Pietersen? England’s most talented and most infuriating batsman faces another crisis and,…

Isle of Jura, Getty Images

Gone holidaying

21 July 2012 12:05

Sorry folks, but you’ll not have me to kick around these next two weeks. I’m away to the Isle of…

Surrey v Lancashire - LV County Championships

The enigma of Mark Ramprakash

6 July 2012 15:00

A pearl richer than all his tribe who, alas, loved batting not wisely but all too well. If tragedy seems…

An Epidemic of Not Scoring

11 May 2012 12:12

Watching Andy Coulson answer the Leveson inquiry’s questions with a dead bat yesterday, the likes of Robert Shrimsley and Tim…

100 x 100

16 March 2012 11:56

Well he’s done it. At last. Surprisingly, this was Sachin Tendulkar’s first ODI century against Bangladesh. One hundred international hundreds…