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.
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Bob Taylor, former England Wicket-Keeper
September 2017 - You’ve guessed it, it’s another wicket-keeper we’re interviewing this month! However, what stands this interviewee apart is he holds the world record for the number of dismissals by a wicket-keeper, his record of 2,069 I doubt will ever be broken. It is of course Bob Taylor, arguably one of the most accomplished wicket-keepers to have ever played the game.Read more
John Morris, former England, Derbyshire, Durham batsman
August 2017 - With the current England team struggling to nail down a consistent number three batsman; this month we speak to a former player who was one of county cricket’s finest number 3’s for nearly 15 years. Sadly, this former Derbyshire and Durham player was only to play three Test matches for his country.
Danni Wyatt, England Women's all-rounder
July 2017 - With the women’s World Cup now well underway we’re delighted this month to speak to one of the key members of England’s side, talented batter Danni Wyatt. We caught up with Danni ahead of the tournament as she and her team mates were away preparing in the warmth of Abu Dhabi.
Paul Nixon, Former England, Leics, Kent Wicket-Keeper
June 2017 - In recent month’s we have spoken to some of the country’s leading wicket-keepers of the last 25 years and this month we add another to our growing list, former England, Leicestershire and Kent keeper Paul Nixon. What a golden generation we’ve had over the last 25 years.
Rob Turner, former Somerset Wicket-keeper
May 2017 - We’ve spoken to several top-class wicket-keepers over the past 18 months, so it made sense to add to our wicket-keeper list this month! With the county cricket season underway, we wanted to speak to someone who could provide a real insight into life as a county professional. So, who better than Rob Turner.
Allan Lamb, former England batsman
April 2017 - We often hear about the famous West Indian bowlers of the 1980s and 90s, so this month we spoke with a former England batsman who had an incredible record against them. While many players would have been delighted to have scored a ton against that great quartet of quicks, Allan Lamb scored six.Read more
Can you believe it’s 5 years since Andrew Strauss retired from all forms of cricket?
September 2017 - This fact amazes me both in itself (it feels like yesterday!) and also in the struggles to replace him that England have not yet overcome. Alastair Cook went his whole England captaincy without a solid opening partner, having gone through 12 by the time of the test match in Headingley last week.Read more
Shai Offers Hope While England Face Ashes Uncertainty
September 2017 - When Shai Hope clipped the winning runs through square leg on Tuesday evening 29th August, to ensure the Windies beat England in the 2nd Test at Headingley, the whole cricketing world (except the England team) must have rejoiced with him and his team simultaneously.Read more
To Declare or Not to Declare, That is the Question
September 2017 - At long last, a Test Match that was enthralling throughout the five days of play. For once, neither side dominated from start to finish. For once, a Test Match ran its full course of five days. This is why Test cricket is the best format and always should be. Players are always remembered for their exploits in Test cricket rather than the truncated forms and long may that continue.Read more
Joe Root – The Captaincy So Far
September 2017 - Joe Root has been the man in waiting for the England captaincy for as long as I can remember. His appointment as the captain of England seemed as certain as that of David Moyes when Sir Alex Ferguson retired as Manchester United manager in 2013. I just hope his tenure is a more successful one!Read more
We want our ball back
September 2017 - This was the first day /night Test match to be played in Britain, also my first visit to Edgbaston and the first Test match i'd been to. I went with a friend from work who had been to test matches before. We queued up behind Iron Man, Batman and two other super heroes. When we had got into the ground we grabbed a coffee and headed to our seats. Before we had reached our seats, a loud cheer echoed round the ground.Read more
August 2017 - The Sunday of the Velodrome weekend was the Women’s World Cup Final at Lord’s, and a long trip to Southwold for brewery and distillery tours meant we couldn’t really follow the match until the journey home, but again it started me thinking about legacy. This Women’s World Cup caught the imagination of thousands of spectators.Read more
Building on Success
August 2017 - The recent ICC Women’s World Cup Final at Lord’s offers the game a welcome platform to develop the game further. Cricket could become ‘the game’ for talented female athletes in the UK despite football’s popularity. The World Cup Final was remarkable, aside from it being a thrilling match, and a brilliant result for Heather Knight’s England team.Read more
For Six Days Thou Shalt Play Down The Line. On The Seventh, Thou Shall Smite
August 2017 - I remember reading this in one of the many cricket books or magazines that I have accumulated over the years. The original quotation was in reaction to the new John Player Sunday League where hitting across the line was positively encouraged. Times have changed a lot since then.Read more
India, Selfies & 2x ODI's
August 2017 - After accepting the invite from my mate Dave to do a 10 day mini tour of NE India to coincide with two ODI's between the hosts and England at the beginning of the year, here is my blog of the experience.Read more
Midnight's latest tour diaries
Headingley 2017: Two Shai, Shaie
1st September 2017 - Well, what could possibly go wrong for England? A Test match at Headingley against the ‘second division’ West Indies: in the ‘saddest’ series ever played in history, according to the increasingly irritating Mr Vaughan?
25th August 2017 - So here we are for England’s first day nighter. This seems a rather pointless exercise but over 70,000 tickets have been sold for the first 3 days which is more than were sold for Trent Bridge or Old Trafford against South Africa, arguably more attractive opponents than a West Indies weakened by divisions between the senior players and the Board.
Old Trafford 2017: George Osborne’s Northern Curry House
14th August 2017 - Having already committed to one diary after the Trent Bridge Test, I was aghast when Freddie asked me to review Old Trafford as well. However, luckily one or two rather funny incidents made the job easier. Fasten your drinking belts...
The Oval 2017
7th August 2017 - Ah, how nice to be back at the Oval! It was the scene of my first Test in 1963, England v the West Indies. In those days kids could sit on the boundary rope and I remember sitting somewhere near third man looking up in awe at the hooked nose of my Surrey hero, Ken Barrington. This is my ninth Test at the Oval and my third against South Africa.
Trent Bridge 2017: The Emperor's New Clothes
19th July 2017 - G’day everyone. Our Addis Army editor, Freddie, must be a nervous wreck. Filled with trepidation that his most negative correspondent has been watching events at Trent Bridge. Especially in view of the likely number of expletive deletions that might be required to this piece - after the truly woeful performance by our ‘Champagne’ England team.
Forget the cricket – Just toss the coin!
16th May 2017 - Blackpool. From nearly forty years ago, when I was forced to work there by an unscrupulous and uncaring employer, I have harboured a secret dread of the place. Exiled to the Fylde Coast as a wide-eyed young bank cashier, I spent three summers bagging coin for the pub customers to use in their fruit machines and whilst learning next to nothing, ended up with muscles like Popeye.
Insufficient Reserves at the Basin
20th March 2017 -Anyone who enjoyed my first two articles might not like this one. It has some live cricket content!
My first weekend in Wellington has gone okay, considering the extremely poor weather. It really has been atrocious since Saturday morning and in the top part of North Island there have been floods, power cuts and gales, so some might say I'm in the right place.
Of Kittens and Keith Lard
12th March 2017 -Kia Ora all and further greetings from New Zealand. On our way back up to Auckland we visited sunny Nelson to chill. Little did I expect that our third day there would find me sat on a bright orange plastic kayak, paddling furiously out to sea in the Abel Tasman National Park. After one of those interminable drives that seem to last all day, including a climb of the fearsome Takaka Hill.
Come Back Lofty - all is forgiven!
5th March 2017 -Throughout the winter I have been haunted by the twin spectres of flooding / poor weather at home and the prospect of watching 43 year old Shivnarine Chanderpaul bat for Lancashire next season, no doubt making his way to the wicket with the aid of a zimmerframe. So when the chance of a prolonged vacation in New Zealand with my mate’s son Paul came up, I seized it.
Mumbai and Chennai Tests
8th January 2017 - It’s Saturday 10 December and I depart from Heathrow airport for Mumbai full of confidence that it is possible I could witness England win in India’s largest city. England have put 400 on the board just as they did in 2006’s win, though India have made a positive start to their first innings with Pujara and Vijay adding 107 runs to their second wicket partnership.
Latest blogs by the Skipper
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
Will England get in a spin against India?
November 2016 - When England collapsed form 100-0 to 164 all out, they lost a Test to Bangladesh for the first time. On a turning pitch, with variable bounce, England struggled to put an innings together. Not that Bangladesh found it easy either, Neither side scored more than 300.Read more
RC - Joe is the Root Cause of Pakistan's Defeat
September 2016 - Joe Root's 61 and 89 have guided England past two modest Pakistan totals in the first 2 ODIs. After top scoring in the Test series, including 254 at Old Trafford, the 25 year old from Sheffield is surely cementing his place at the best batsmen in the world.Read more
3 men enter, 1 must leave
August 2016 - At the start of this summer I wrote that England only had 2 batsmen in the top 5 in any way established in the team. In England's victory at Old Trafford last week, those 2 batsmen Cook and Root scored 506 compared to Hales, Vince and bowling attacks.Ballance's 65.Read more