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 leading run-scorer 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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Dean Headley, former England fast bowler
February 2017 - This month we are pleased to interview a former England fast bowler who famously bowled England to victory in the MCG Test of 1998. Needing just 175 runs to win, Dean Headley’s 6-60 steered England to a win, that supporters still talk about to this day.
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
Alastair Cook: Thank you!
February 2017 - A sad day. His captaincy may have divided opinion to some. Was he too conservative? Should there have been a fielder here or there? Was he at times too stubborn? I've argued answers to each of these questions many times. Anyone who knows me knows I'm a big Alastair Cook fan.Read more
The Year Ahead (part 2)
February 2017 - So, as promised, here is my cheapo article for February. Let’s be honest: the toy cricket going on around the world right now just isn’t top of the agenda. This Tractor is off to Rome for some Six Nations rugby and is generally plotting the next tour she might get away on, so no real apologies for setting you up with your July to December cricket preview.Read more
4 weddings and no funeral
February 2017 - I think it’s fair to say that the Addis Army has undergone somewhat of an evolution over the years and this has expressed itself in a number of marriages amongst our membership. Having attended all three wedding celebrations that have resulted, there’s some fond memories which all add to the amazing AA experience.Read more
The Death of a Cricket Captain
February 2017 - Well it happens a lot round here. Apologies to The Smiths but what is the point of having a captain of a first class, or international, cricket team? In days gone by, there would be a board of selectors which would include the captain. They would select the players to play and that would be that.Read more
Fantasy T20 cricket - Then versus Now
February 2017 - So heres my latest assignment handed to me by Freddie:
England's Best T20 side made up of pre T20 era (Must have retired before 2003) who would get in the side based on characteristics you would need to be successful at T20, versus England's best T20 players who have played T20 since 2003. Who would win?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
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
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