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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Clive Radley, former Middlesex, England batsman
November 2017 - This month we speak to a batsman whose first-class career spanned 23 years (representing just one county - Middlesex), who scored over 26,000 first class runs, and had a Test batting average of 48.10. Any ideas? It is of course Clive Radley. A late starter in Test cricket, Clive’s average is up there with some of the greats of the game.
Richard Halsall, Bangladesh assistant coach & Former England fielding coach
October 2017 - This month we are privileged to be speaking with Richard Halsall, assistant coach of Bangladesh and former England fielding coach. We caught up with Richard just days after their series with Australia, where the Tigers secured an excellent 1-1 result in the two Test match series.Read more
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.
Ashes to Ashes
November 2017 - The 2017-18 Ashes series offers England an opportunity to prove their doubters wrong. Many people are predicting a straight-forward victory for the hosts. And, it is not only Glenn McGrath who is predicting a 5-0 series win for Australia. Other sage observers are suggesting the result is a formality, and the only variable is the number of wins Australia accomplishes.Read more
OZ 2017, HERE WE GO AGAIN
November 2017 - Well it’s that time again, after a long summer and busy autumn at work, the time has come to focus again on a few weeks away watching England, this time back in the old convict colony. There will be many highs, but I guess a larger amount of lows on the pitch. I hope I’m totally wrong but only time will tell.Read more
November 2017 - So as I type, there are TWLEVE DAYS TO GO! I am really excited about this year’s Ashes, for a number of reasons. Firstly, it genuinely seems like quite a while since the last series, which didn’t happen last time because of the World Cup-led rescheduling that saw about 15 Ashes tests played in about 7 weeks.Read more
Cricket at the Crossroads
November 2017 - Guy Fraser-Simpson’s Cricket at the Crossroads (Elliot and Thompson, 2011) was devoured in my household. Literally. The dog got hold of it before I did, and the fly-cover, first few pages and final chapter were gone. Nevertheless, I struggled on and read all that remained in my tattered and torn copy of this 2011 book.Read more
My Take on The Ashes
November 2017 - Jim Laker once said that the purpose of the England cricket team was mainly to be Australia. This epitomises what The Ashes is about. Having lived and worked in Melbourne, I have first hand knowledge of the Victorian's love of sport and especially those wearing the baggy green. I recall a chat I had one evening in the bar with a local called Harold.Read more
2017 Season Review
October 2017 - An English cricket season which began in Abu Dhabi on 26th March with County Champions Middlesex playing MCC, ended amid much drama at Edgbaston on 28th September. As Hampshire defended resolutely to secure the points they needed from a drawn match Middlesex were waiting anxiously after losing to Somerset in a ‘must-win’ match for the hosts at Taunton.Read more
Toby Roland Jones Ashes Dilemma
October 2017 - Cricket can be a cruel game. After a fantastic breakthrough summer which featured an impressive debut against South Africa where Toby Roland-Jones claimed a five-for at The Oval, the timing of an injury which rules him out of this winter’s Ashes is an agonising blow.Read more
Stoking the Fire (Geddit?)
October 2017 - I know, I know, everyone has already written about the Ben Stokes and Alex Hales situation. But this is a monthly newsletter so you have to accept a little time lag while I spout my views on it. Firstly, I mean, what complete and utter idiots.Read more
For Six Days Thou Shalt Play Down The Line. On The Seventh, Thou Shall Smite
October 2017 - Well, a sort of first division review and even then it's hardly what I would call comprehensive. In fact, there are going to be about four games that I will have a go at giving a completely objective and unbiased account. Let's start with the Champions.Read more
Midnight's latest tour diaries
Ashes Preview 2017/18
12th November 2017 -Freddie has asked me to write a nice, sunny, positive piece about the forthcoming Ashes series – in other words, I think, something like my usual efforts... However I am sorry, dear readers. No matter how hard I try I cannot reach any other conclusion except that we will be walloped again
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.
Latest blogs by the Skipper
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
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