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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Calum MacLeod, Scotland batsman
October 2018 - It’s not often you get to speak to someone who has opened both the bowling and batting at an ICC World Cup and who earlier this year scored one of the finest ODI hundreds against England, a mightily impressive 140 not out, off of just 94 balls - Scotland’s Calum MacLeod.
Owais Shah, former Middlesex and England batsman
July 2018 With the Test series against India fast approaching and questions still being asked about the make-up of our batting line-up and in particular who will bat at number 3, this month we speak to arguably one of the most stylish top order batsmen to have played the game in the early 2000s.Read more
Geoff Lawson, former Australia Fast Bowler
June 2018 - We’ve recounted many Ashes stories and battles throughout our series of interviews with formers players and coaches and we’re going to add to the list this month, but this time with a twist. This month we’re stepping into enemy territory and interviewing an Australian!Read more
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
Can England cope without Alastair Cook?
November 2018 - England’s 3-0 ‘whitewash’ series win in Sri Lanka is a triumph for National Selector Ed Smith and the notion of a cricket team being ‘more than the team sheet’. Only twice before has the England cricket team secured an away ‘whitewash’ in a series of more than two Tests.Read more
What a series that was!
November 2018 - Hands up time. Whereas I was very critical of the ECB with their selection of Adil Rashid for the summer Tests, he has certainly proved his worth in very spin friendly conditions in Sri Lanka. That said, I still wouldn’t play him as the number one spinner in the team.Read more
Sri Lankan Diary
October 2018 - So, a brief diary of our first few days in Sri Lanka, then. After a pretty painless flight from London to Colombo, with a two hour stop in Mumbai, we headed straight from the airport down the expressway (very new in 2012 on our last visit here but now no longer a novelty and therefore very quiet) to Colombo Fort train station.Read more
Team Culture and Organisational Pyschology
October 2018 - With the English cricket season finished, and the winter looming, I thought I would look ahead to 2019 and the Ashes Series as well as the ICC Cricket World Cup being staged in England. There is so much exciting cricket and competition to look forward to next summer.Read more
If you can get away with it, do it...
October 2018 - So said an unnamed Australian cricketer within the confines of the independent review into the culture of top-level cricket in Australia. When Australian fans of the baggy green feel that the national team had grown “petulantly aggressive” and “not held to account”, you know that there is a massive problem down under.Read more
Book Review: A Leading Edge
October 2018 - Two former county cricketers turned cricket coaches have collaborated to write and illustrate their first book in a brand new series under the title, ‘A Leading Edge’. Wesley Durston, (Millfield School, Somerset CCC and Derbyshire CCC) and Patrick Latham (Kimbolton School, Somerset 2nd XI & Cambridgeshire CCC), coach hockey and cricket at Oakham School in Rutland.Read more
Ed Smith Loves All Round Development
September 2018 - England Cricket’s National Selector Ed Smith is an intelligent, sophisticated, urbane individual. He is passionate about excellence, and is a positive advocate for ‘all-round’ development. With a family background in education, it is no surprise that the former Middlesex captain and England batsman with a double first in History from Cambridge University is opening up many conversations amongst the cricketing cognoscenti about the notion of good selection.Read more
Sri Lanka Squad
September 2018 - Well I’m not sure this Sri Lanka trip is going to be quite what I’d expected when we booked it back at the start of this year!
Well I’m not sure this Sri Lanka trip is going to be quite what I’d expected when we booked it back at the start of this year! Aside from the fact that I will now be climbing Adam’s Peak at 31 weeks pregnant, the England side looks like it could have quite a different makeup to that which I had expected.Read more
Sri Lanka Ticket Update
September 2018 - Firstly we are extremely grateful to all of you that have taken the time to email us or to comment on social media. Thanks to you our petition has now surpassed 3.5K signatures - well above the figure we had in mind. We’ve pulled all these comments together and compiled a ‘Dossier of Discontent'.Read more
Another Season Draws To a Close
September 2018 - So another County Championship season draws to a close with the final round of fixtures well under way. What have we learnt that we didn’t know before? In Division One, there has been another dominant team following on from Essex’s stroll to the title in 2017. Many congratulations go to Surrey for being the best team this year by a country mile.Read more
England’s Series to Lose
August 2018 - India’s fight-back in the 3rd Test of the five match series has enabled them to potentially draw level if they win at Ageas Bowl, Southampton, next week. If the series is still alive going to The Oval for the 5th and final Test, it will be England who will be most vulnerable.Read more
Bi-Polar Cricket Supporting
August 2018 - I know it’s not just happening in cricket, but this series against India has really emphasised the phenomenon of bi-polar cricket fandom. Please don’t think I’m making light of bi-polar disorder or associated/similar conditions: I am using the term in a purely literal sense.Read more
Midnight's latest tour diaries
Saint’s Birthday Test Win in Galle – it’s all about me!
26th November 2018 - With a skip in our steps (and Derby Skip’s company) we are off to Heathrow to meet up with Tremmers and Freddie for this much-anticipated trip to one of my favourite places anywhere. Sri Lanka, and specifically Galle/Unawatuna.Read more
Sri Lanka 2018: The Galle Test
24th November 2018 - The Addis is gradually massing. Tom and Tractor have been here a few days, staying in the posh Galle Face Hotel on the seafront in Colombo. I got here on Wednesday and stayed with my Sri Lankan friend, Ranjith, in Colombo but didn’t make it to the Galle Face.Read more
The Oval 2018: Cook's Last Stand
18th September 2018 - This is, of course, a dead rubber Test, a result of the rather flattering 3-1 lead England has in this fascinating series. But then it is Cookie's last Test which gives it a lot of sentimental value, especially for me who was at Nagpur all those 161 Tests ago in 2006 when the world seemed a much simpler place.Read more
England Might Only Have One Ball
28th August 2018 - As this will be my last Addis blog for some considerable time, our generous Editor has kindly agreed to sponsor a pop quiz. Within the body of this text, dear reader, you will find a number of famous song titles, some obvious and some not so.Read more
The Beer Snake is Dead
8th June 2018 - There is even less cricket than usual in this one folks. A combination of Pakistan’s inadequate batting, and the fact that I can’t really be bothered commentating on the match anymore as you will have seen it unfold on TV, are to blame. Hopefully a couple of giggles though!Read more
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'.
Latest blogs by the Skipper
October 2018 - Over my 40 years of watching Test Cricket, England have always had at least one quality, experienced opening bat. Most of that time we often had two. Through Boycott, Gooch, Atherton, Stewart, Trescothick, Strauss and Cook, each new opener had an experienced man at the other hand and eventually grew out of their shadow to become great themselves.Read more
Welcome to the Cheap Seats
June 2018 - The Sri Lankan Cricket Board has angered English Cricket Supporters by selling all the best seats at the Galle, Mandy and Colombo Tests to a corporate hospitality company who are changing between £40 and £110 for day 'packages'.Read more
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