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 captain 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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Alan Butcher, former Zimbabwe & Surrey coach
October 2016 - If you’re looking for a new cricket book for your winter reading list, you will do no worse than logging on to Amazon and searching for ‘The Good Murungu?: A Cricket Tale of the Unexpected’. The book chronicles former county cricketer Alan Butcher’s three years in charge of Zimbabwe.Read more
Andy Moles, former Afghanistan coach
September 2016 - This month we have the pleasure of speaking to Andy Moles, a former opening batsmen who scored over 13,000 runs for his beloved Warwickshire and who went on to enjoy a coaching career that took him from Hong Kong, to Kenya, New Zealand, South Africa and to war torn Afghanistan.Read more
Hugh Morris, former Managing Director, England Cricket
August 2016 - In recent months we have spoken to a number of former players who played their part in the rebuilding of the England side in the 1990s and early 2000s; this month we speak to a man who became managing director of England cricket following the 2006/07 Ashes whitewash.Read more
Graham Thorpe, former England batsman
July 2016 - This month we are privileged to speak to a left-handed batsmen who played countless match-winning innings in both Test and limited-overs cricket, and helped transform England from the also rans of the 1990s to the battle-hardened, successful side of the mid-2000s.
Peter Such, former England spinner
June 2016 - The 1990s was an interesting decade for English cricket, as characterised by Mark Butcher's recent documentary on Sky Sports. It therefore seemed apt, that this month we speak to a cricketer who experienced the highs and lows of playing for England in the 90s.
Charlotte Edwards, England women's captain
May 2016 - This month we are delighted to speak to someone who has been at the forefront of women’s cricket for over 20 years. With over 10,000 international runs to her name, Charlotte Edwards is England’s cricketing rock. Can you imagine an England side without her?
Ones to watch in Bangladesh
October 2016 - I've written before about my frustrations surrounding the upcoming Bangladesh tour and I'm still gutted that I just can't bring myself to go out there in spite of this FCO advice: "There is a heightened threat of further terrorist attacks. Attacks could be indiscriminate although foreigners, may be directly targeted.Read more
India: the 'Marmite' tour that affronts all the senses
October 2016 - I first travelled here in 2006 to follow the 3 tests - Nagpur, Mohali and Mombai - before hitting the trains to try to catch the players as they jetted from city to city for the ODI tour. In the Marmite debate, I very much loved the place. The cultures, the foods, the sights and sounds.Read more
One Man and his Dog Part 2
October 2016 - Last time around, I rambled about revamping the points scoring system for the County Championship and promised more to come in Part 2. Little was I to know that the events in the last round of fixtures would result in a really exciting climax with the result going down to the final session on the final day.Read more
Tractor’s Top Ten Tinkers to a Better Batting / Bowling Balance
September 2016 - This year is the first year since 1998 that I haven’t attended a single day’s play of live cricket. Not just international cricket: literally ANY cricket. Not even a sniff on a beach, which has led me to pay my cricketing attention to the off-field side of the sport.Read more
I don't like India....oh no....I love it!
September 2016 - Are you going to Vizag? Are you going to Rajkot? Vizag's meant to have a lovely beach you know. But Rajkot's dry, can't get a beer. Need an alcohol permit or summat. And Mohali, aren't you getting bored of Mohali? We seem to go there every time. Got the Wankhede again though.Read more
Franchise cricket? It's a no from me
September 2016 - >Apparently later this month senior figures at the ECB will be meeting with county chairmen to propose options for a revamped domestic T20 competition. Great news. In recent newsletters a number of our contributors have put forward valid proposals on a way forward for T20 cricket in England.Read more
Midnight's latest tour diaries
An Unworthy Reprieve
23rd September 2016 - The final day of the County Cricket season. Having already accepted and embraced the spectre of relegation for my beloved Lancashire, I gloomily watch the Middlesex v Yorkshire game on TV, having decided not to travel to Edgbaston for the current Lancashire fixture.
Pakistan - Old Trafford Test Review
26th July 2016 - It was a train journey from hell to get from Cornwall. My carriage was heaving. I had to move some poor woman out of my seat. They had not given me the table seat which I had requested. The conductress was grumpy because I hadn't put my luggage correctly and marched me down the train to a bigger luggage rack.
County Cricket - Lancashire v Durham Review
20th July 2016 - I have travelled to Southport the previous night by train and am enjoying a sumptuous breakfast at the Leicester Hotel prior to the game. The other breakfast guests appear to be wealthy widows and spinsters, and there is much flirting between these elderly ladies and the owner of the hotel, Cliff.
Sri Lanka - Durham Test Review
31st May 2016 - I’m up in Newcastle with my mate, Ray, yet to be inducted into the Addis, for the 2nd Test. Both sides have a lot to prove. Poor Sri Lanka - two May Tests! After the debacle at Old Trafford where they were beaten by an innings inside three days Ray and I are already making plans for Monday and Tuesday.
Sri Lanka - Headingley Test Review
21st May 2016 - Headingley in May. Whilst we were not expecting great weather, the word 'unsettled' so beloved of the forecasters did not do it justice. After an uneventful journey from Gods Country (Lancashire) to Injun Country (Yorkshire) Higgy and myself arrived at our seats to find that England had lost the toss.
ODI's Under African Skies
26th January 2016 - After such a heady Test Series win, a brief break from cricket was called for. Lofty, Five - O and myself headed east for four hours on the N4 to Graskop, a small town in Mpumulanga (Transvaal) at the southern end of the Blyde River Canyon.
26th January 2016 - A poor start by England in the fourth and final test. Some loose bowling, another nightmare from Bairstow behind the stumps with more dropped catches and a bit of form shown at last by the SA batsmen. The outfield was like green ice and everything that beat the field was hurtling to the boundary.
The Calm after the Storm
24th January 2016 - The morning after the victory in Johannesburg was an exceedingly groggy one. When Lofty, Simon and I had arrived back at our hotel we decided to test the bar opening hours, and it was still serving as we staggered up to bed at 1.45am.
Will Blade's Plan Cut It?
17th January 2016 - When the third day of the Johannesburg Test started, I was watching a crown green bowling tournament. Lofty was under the impression that he had left our match tickets in his hotel safe, and had gone scurrying back to the hotel to fetch them - while I looked after his rucksack.
Latest blogs by the Skipper
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
One Day, England will be the best
July 2016 - Following England's heartbreaking defeat in the Twenty20 World Cup Final, you could forgive the England ODI team for having a collective hangover, with many of the squad playing that fateful day in Kolkata. However, England have beaten Sri Lanka 3-0.Read more
England Captain becomes the youngest player to reach 10,000 runs
June 2016 - In a world of fast food, Alistair Cook is a leisurely Sunday Lunch, in a media beset by instant tweets and texts the England Captain is 500 page novel. Whilst the Essex batsmen is the youngest player to reach 10,000 runs, he isn't the quickest.Read more
Will the First Test between England and Sri Lanka be a damp squib?
June 2016 - The First Test of the three-match series against Sri Lanka starts tomorrow with the prospect of losing around half of the five days' play if weather forecasts are accurate. None of the days are sold out, with a Sri Lanka team missing its recently retired superstars.Read more
James Taylor - The Little Cricketer with a Big Heart
May 2016 - England batsman Taylor had to retire last month at the tender age of 26 due to a serious heart condition similar to that that almost killed footballer Fabrice Muamba. Taylor had played 27 ODIs with an average of 42.23.Read more
The T20 World Cup: Jekyll and Hyde Cricket
April 2016 - Will the 2016 T20 World Cup Final be pitch perfect? It almost feels like there have been two separate tournaments taking place in India over the past few weeks, with thrilling, high scoring games dominated by big hitting batsmen at venues like Mumbai and Mohali.