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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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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Gareth Batty, England spinner and Surrey Captain
January 2017 - It’s often said that hard work will always pay off in the end and that couldn’t be truer for this month’s interviewee, Gareth Batty; a player who after an 11-year absence from Test cricket got his much deserved recall for this winter’s tours to Bangladesh and India.
Charles Dagnall, Test Match Special Presenter
December 2016 - There’s nothing better on a summer’s day than sitting back, beer in hand, listening to the BBC Test Match Special team talk you through a day’s play. They are a British institution. From Brian Johnston, Christopher Martin-Jenkins and John Arlott to the current legends, Jonathan Agnew and Henry Blofeld.
Neil Burns, former Essex, Somerset, Leics Wicket-keeper
November 2016 - This month, we talk to Neil Burns, a former county cricketer, turned coach and Professional Mentor, who was arguably one of the most talented wicket-keeper/batsmen not to play Test cricket for England.
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
The Year Ahead
January 2017 - Happy 2017 everybody! I hate winter in general (too difficult to get away to watch cricket most of the time) but I LOVE early January because it’s all about future planning, itinerary building and goal setting. The exercise and diet are still going well, which means we can happily turn our attention to what’s coming up.Read more
Alastair Cook: Will he or won't he?
January 2017 - Happy New Year one and all. I hope Santa brought you everything you wished for.
2016 didn't quite finish according to plan. 4-0 in India was a completely fair reflection of the series. With a bit of luck we could have won that opening Test but 4-0 is a fair result.Read more
December 2016 - So India finally joined the DRS party. It only took them the best part of a decade. And so far in the series against England, one of the only amusing things for a supporter of the Chef and his men has been watching – or rather, listening to, since I can only catch 50 minutes in the car on my way to work.Read more
Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics
December 2016 - Much has been written in the media, social and news, about England’s poor record away from home in test matches. This set me scurrying for the record books, well maybe not but I did seek out the excellent statistics available at espncricinfo.com just to see how badly England have done when compared with the other test nations.Read more
England’s Oriental Odyssey
December 2016 - England’s tour of India was expected to be quite attritional, at the least tough, bearing in mind India’s consistency as a home team, the difficulties of touring in a country so different from Britain and England’s frequent ying-yang style of play. And time has certainly proven itself true.Read more
Reviewing the ones we watched
November 2016 - "Whatever the circumstances off the pitch, I'm looking forward to seeing Bangladesh continue to develop as a Test cricketing force and England continue to test themselves away from home, not least in preparation for the following series in India." That’s how I ended my last piece.Read more
Midnight's latest tour diaries
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.
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.
Latest blogs by the Skipper
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
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