Supporters of the England cricket team
Welcome to the official website of The Addis Army, a bunch of cricket fans that follow the England cricket team all round the world on every England tour. Our group was formed back on the 2004/05 tour to South Africa when for reasons best known to ourselves, we went to South Africa via Addis Ababa on the glorious Ethiopian Airlines. This is our official website, read on and enjoy and if you see us at games please come over and join us for a beer or two.
What do the England players think about the Addis Army? Here's England leading run-scorer Alastair Cook thanking the Addis Army for its support on tour.
The Addis Army were formed back on the 2004/05 tour to South Africa, when for crazy reasons we ended up in Ethiopia. Read how it all begun.
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Neil Carter, former Warwickshire all-rounder
May 2018 - A big hitting batsman, a wicket-taking bowler and a cricketer who made his international debut after he’d announced his retirement from first-class cricket – our interviewee this month is former Warwickshire all-rounder and PCA cricketer of the year in 2010, Neil Carter.Read more
Scyld Berry, Daily Telegraph Cricket Correspondent
April 2018 - This month we are shifting away from former players and coaches to interview one of the world’s most respected cricket journalists - the Daily Telegraph’s cricket correspondent and former Wisden editor Scyld Berry.Read more
Nick Knight, former England batsman and Sky Sports Presenter
March 2018 - This month we are pleased to be speaking to a former England opener who scored over 3,500 one-day international runs - at an average of over 40, a batsman who played in 17 Test matches and who is now excelling as a presenter on Sky Sports. It is of course the man who faced the 100 mph ball, Nick Knight.Read more
John Lever, former England and Essex swing bowler
February 2018 - Having been outshone by a number of left arm bowlers in recent series, we thought this month we’d speak to one of the finest left arm seamers to have pulled on the Three Lions. A bowler who took over 1,700 first class wickets in a career that brought 21 Test appearances, 22 one-day internationals, 4 county championships, 3 Sunday League titles, a NatWest Trophy and a B&H Cup. Welcome John Lever.
Linsey Smith, Southern Vipers, Sussex spinner
January 2018 Our interviewee this month is one of the rising stars of women’s cricket. At just 22 years of age left-arm spinner Linsey Smith has already appeared in two Kia Super League finals and following her selection in the England Pathway squad she is already knocking on the door of the full England side.Read more
Graham Rose, Former Somerset, Middlesex all-rounder
December 2017 - This month we’re delighted to speak to one of county cricket’s leading all-rounders in the 1990s. His close to 9,000 first class runs and 600+ wickets made him a folk hero at Somerset – it is of course Graham Rose, the world record holder for the fastest List A limited overs hundred, off just 36 balls. More to come on that later.Read more
An England Training Session the Week of the First Test Against Pakistan (as imagined by Tractor)
May 2018 - Joe Root (approaching Trevor Bayliss): Um, Coach? Trevor Bayliss: Mate. Root: So I wanted to ask you about the – Bayliss (cutting Root off): No, I meant you should address me as Mate, not Coach.Read more
Is a Root and Branch review needed
May 2018 - In advance of last winter's Ashes series, I thought a 5-0 defeat versus Australia was a possibility. Their bowling versus our batting looked an uneven contest. And when I considered the batting quality of Steve Smith and David Warner against our bowling quality, I couldn't find much hope unless our two best, but ageing performers, Anderson and Broad could find their best cricket.Read more
Nothing New There Then
May 2018 - Hands up all of you out there who were genuinely surprised that, upon winning the toss, Joe Root elected to bat first in the opening Test match against Pakistan? I had not seen the colour of the wicket in use but I heard how green it was via TMS.Read more
The countdown is on!
April 2018 - Not the countdown from 100 balls in the ECB’s new domestic not-T20 competition plan; more on that later. But he countdown to Tractor’s first tour in six years. SIX YEARS!! Sri Lanka, here I come, in a mere 180 days.Read more
T20 Rules ok?!
April 2018 - As the ECB launch their plans for a new 100-ball over tournament to create interest amongst boys, girls and mums, I find myself in the company of some West Indian legends who are talking about the game that we know, and the game that is now being promoted by today's leading administrators.Read more
March 2018 - What a week it’s been in cricket. It’s all very well being saddened by the actions of Cameron Bancroft, Steve Smith et al, but I know I am not alone in hugely enjoying the fall from grace of these convict cheats.Read more
Is this the worst performance by an England batting line up ever?
March 2018 - England 58 all out. Number 9 Craig Overton remains undefeated on 33 not out. What a remarkable recovery from 27-9! Is this the worst performance by an England batting line up ever? Back in 1994, England’s 46 all out v West Indies in Trinidad was in the 4th innings on an ‘up and down’ pitch. And, it was in opposition to two of the world’s greatest fast bowlers.Read more
The spirit of the game rears its ugly head
March 2018 - During this week, I received a gentle reminder from Freddie to pen an article with Sunday as the deadline. Once or twice, I have had a very clear idea about what to type but more often than not I struggle. Not this time. Thanks to the actions of the Australian cricket team, and in particular Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft, putting an article together has never been easier.Read more
View from the Groundsman's Shed
March 2018 - Well what an interesting couple of weeks! Just writing this on a very special day and so it will be a short piece. It's my step daughter's 18th so we are about to pop to the pub for a celebratory lunch where she has to buy the first round. After that she wants to take me to another pub to have a few more legal beers! So I better get cracking. Where to start. New Zealand.Read more
Counting on the Counties
February 2018 - So Adil Rashid and Alex Hales have become the first big name England players to close the door on the County Championship. While it’s easy to understand their individual decisions, having both been shunted around by the England team management for a while, and knowing that the money is to be had in franchise white-ball cricket, it doesn’t make their decisions any less significant.Read more
How England Can End World Cup Misery in 2019
February 2018 - England’s cricketers can join the country’s footballing and rugby heroes if they become World Cup winners in 2019. As host nation, they have a golden opportunity to leave an indelible imprint on the English sporting landscape, and at the same time, inspire a whole new generation of players and spectators.Read more
It may be the home of cricket...
February 2018 - Those eagle-eyed readers out there will have noticed that I did not write anything last month. I hope that this makes up for it. A couple of issues back I bemoaned the lack of authentic Test cricket grounds in Australia. Fabulous multi-purpose stadia but they lack tradition.Read more
Midnight's latest tour diaries
Stop your sobbing
2nd April 2018 - I am now in a much better place than I was in Auckland. We go home next week, and at last I can see the light at the end of the tunnel on this exhausting trip. Steak pudding, chips and gravy are now only seven days away. Besides, every time I look on the BBC Sport website at the moment, I see people worse off than me.
Day / Nightmare Cricket
27th March 2018 - First, a word of overdue thanks to James Whitaker. Thanks ever so much for resigning. It is a far, far better thing that you do.........let's hope certain others follow your example. I had not intended to commence another diary until after the Auckland Test. However the best laid plans can go awry, especially when there are amusing incidents to relate!
Winter is coming
11th March 2018 -I am responsible for the booking at our overnight stay in Oamaru. A 'Historic Area Apartment' which no doubt will come complete with historic appliances and furniture. I can sense that Lofty is ready to pounce if this apartment isn't up to scratch, so it is with some trepidation I sit in the passenger seat while an unusually jovial Lofty does the driving.
How to lose without really trying
7th March 2018 -It is early Sunday morning. Very early, in fact. Having watched England's thrilling win in Wellington on Saturday night, we are booked on the 9am ferry to Picton. A 6am alarm call, shower, pack....wait....it is Lofty's 71st birthday today. The door to his room is sealed tighter than Tutenkhamun's tomb as usual.
Away Wins are Like Buses
3rd March 2018 -Readers might not blame us for wanting to leave Hamilton as soon as possible, but we stayed around long enough for breakfast in the Central Shopping plaza.Whilst eating our muesli and bran, we were astonished to see first the D.Willey family, then the M. Wood family, join us in this nondescript cafe. I could not resist.
Normal Service Resumed in Hamilton
25th February 2018 - It is 3.40 pm on Saturday and I am dodging the tumbleweed blowing along Hamilton's main street in the blazing heat. A huge Maori wearing wet-suit bottoms and an open dress shirt is slumped against a shop front as if sun bathing, but he is clearly stocious.
Derek & Clive do Gita
23rd February 2018 - This post needs to be contextualised. Tropical Cyclone Gita has just devastated areas of the South Island, some of which Lofty and Midnight were travelling through only last week. Due to good luck more than good planning, the pair escaped the South Island by ferry yesterday in torrential rain before the real fun and games started.
Take me out to ball game
19th February 2018 - Having been a long - term admirer of Ms Nicola Sturgeon and her plans for Scottish world conquest, the choice of Dunedin to celebrate my 60th birthday was a logical one. Here is the new Scotland, the Scotland of the South Pacific. The very name Dunedin is the Gaelic for 'Edinburgh'.
1st February 2018 - So, where are we up to? I must admit we have been away so long now, I am beginning to forget myself. Ah, yes. A journey to Christchurch to watch the Under-19 World Cup semifinals - whose line up unexpectedly does not include England, New Zealand or South Africa.
The Hazards of Wearing Shades when Parking Underground
23rd January 2018 - For those readers wishing to read about the Under 19 Cricket World Cup, I commend Lofty's upcoming Addis article on the subject for your perusal. As usual, my tour diary will contain bugger all about cricket, so cricket saddoes hit the cross now!Read more
My Sympathies to Gary Ballance
15th January 2018 - Lofty and I find ourselves in Swansea, Glamorgan (Tasmania) awaiting a monster storm coming in from the Pacific. I have a beach front, upper level motel room and the patio doors are rattling like a scene from 'Key Largo'.Read more
The Masque of the Pink Death
7th January 2018 - I stole this title from Edgar Allan Poe. His books never have a happy ending either. A few days left in Melbourne before we resume our travels. I have gone from hating this city on my first visit with Herbie, Mr Colvile and Jack in 2006 to admitting a grudging liking for it now.Read more
Latest blogs by the Skipper
Couldn't give a toss
May 2018 - Later this month the ICC will discuss a proposal to either give the away captain the choice of whether to bat or bowl or the option that the County Championship has chosen which is the visiting captain gets to either bowl first or revert to the toss to decide who bats first. The aim of this change is to stop home sides doctoring pitches to suit themselves and to improve the record of away teams on tour.Read more
Putting Day/Night Tests into Context
April 2018 - When I first heard about Day/Night Tests the tradionalist in me bridled at the idea. Then I realised I was going to a Day/Nighter in Auckland and I liked the prospect even less. However I didn't want it to spoil my tour in any way so I tried to attend with an open mind.Read more
Ben Stokes and Alex Hales: Morality v Legality
October 2017 - One late night in Bristol, two England cricketers were drunk and in that danger zone between club and taxi. We have all been there. Anyone who has left a city centre pub or club at 2am and took longer than 5 minutes to get in a taxi has seen people looking for a confrontation.Read more
Which non cricketing country would you love to start playing the game?
August 2017 - Something a bit different from me this month. Instead of my usual ramblings I want to pose a question to you! Which non cricketing country would you love to start playing cricket so England could tour there? It can be absolutely anywhere!Read more
Who dropped JR?
June 2017 - The recent England ODI team has been like Theresa May started this election campaign. Strong and stable. Everyone knew the team and everyone in the team knew there jobs. Roy Hales Root Morgan Stokes Buttler Ali Woakes Plunkett Rashid Wood.Read more
The Last Gentleman
February 2017 - In many ways Alastair Cook was a throwback to another time. A black and white pathe news time where cricket teams sailed on tour and Tests were just that, a test. An attritional struggle requiring grit and patience.Read more
Will England's success in India be limited?
January 2017 - After the disappointment of the Test tour of India late last year, can the limited overs cricketers of England have more success. England have been improving under Eoin Morgan in both limited overs formats, however they are still behind India in the rankings.Read more
An English Cricket fan's survival guide to touring India
December 2016 - It is now almost 2 weeks since I returned from Visakhapatnam and my heart is still there. At times it felt like I was leaving other parts of me too. It was a death defying, stomach churning chaotic visit.Read more