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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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
Jack Russell, former England Wicket-Keeper
March 2017 - This month we’re delighted to be speaking to arguably one of the finest wicket-keepers to have played the game. A wicket-keeper who was known for his world-class skills behind the stumps, his unorthodox – but extremely effective batting and of course his tea drinking, Weetabix eating and hat wearing eccentricities! It is of course Jack Russell.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
In Pursuit of On-Field Success - Does Off-Field Drive On-Field?
July 2017 - Clubs dream of winning trophies, but so few actually achieve it, let alone on a sustainable basis. So what’s the secret? You don’t win league titles in top sport if you haven’t got better players (in good form) than your opponents. Fact. But, the role of wise guidance off the field, and a stable club from both an operational and financial perspective must never be under-estimated.Read more
The King is dead; Long live the King!
July 2017 - Tomorrow at Lords Joe Root will lead England out for the first time. A new dawn. A new era. South Africa, albeit without De Villiers and Du Plessis, will be strong opposition. Looking back at recent history it’s fair to say South Africa have been our bogey side at home. They have, after all, been responsible for the departure of not one but three recent England captains.Read more
Let's not get too excited
July 2017 - So, the announcement on Friday 3oth June was the one that so many cricket fans up and down the UK have been waiting for. The BBC, in a blaze of glory, are to broadcast live TV coverage of English international and domestic cricket. The one blog reader that actually reads my articles will probably regret remembering that it was live Test cricket on BBC television that got me hooked as a youngster.Read more
The Curious Case of Jason Roy
July 2017 - England’s fantastic run to the ICC Champion’s Cup semi-final was ended by Pakistan on a dismal Thursday afternoon in cricketing terms. As I sat in the car on my way back from the office I heard of England’s batting order collapse yet I now know that Jason Roy had been replaced by Bairstow as an opener. Although Bairstow fared better than Roy had done all series, his 43 was not enough to propel England to a high enough innings total.Read more
Lefties v the Righties in an ODI
July 2017 - More boring times at work so what obscure game can I come up with now ?? I know, being a leftie myself and ALWAYS believing left handed batsmen are the best I thought I should do a left v right one day team. Again using only people that have been playing during my career here it is.Read more
Midnight's latest tour diaries
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.
The Vizag Test
4th December 2016 - There’s a new word in India: demonetisation. This is the cash crisis that has resulted from the sudden withdrawal of 500 and 1000 rupee notes announced last week by prime-minister Modi in order to deal with all the ‘black’ money floating around in the system. This is cash from tax avoidance, bribery, terrorism and general corruption.
It's India so what could possibly go wrong?
1st December 2016 - Well should I write it in a list or just let the story unfold? It all started so well. Freddie and I met at Heathrow on Sunday the 6th November. Unfortunately our flights had been changed and brought forward by hours. So instead of a 2 hour stop over in Mumbai we had a 10 hour one.
Bangladesh: To go or not to go
21st November 2016 - To Go or Not to Go there was the question, I probably made my mine up to do both Banglasdesh and India tours back to back when they where first announced, being a stubborn old man my resolve to go was further strengthened with the foreign office advice and two players refusing to travel.
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