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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Owais Shah, former Middlesex and England batsman
July 2018 With the Test series against India fast approaching and questions still being asked about the make-up of our batting line-up and in particular who will bat at number 3, this month we speak to arguably one of the most stylish top order batsmen to have played the game in the early 2000s.Read more
Geoff Lawson, former Australia Fast Bowler
June 2018 - We’ve recounted many Ashes stories and battles throughout our series of interviews with formers players and coaches and we’re going to add to the list this month, but this time with a twist. This month we’re stepping into enemy territory and interviewing an Australian!Read more
Neil Carter, former Warwickshire all-rounder
May 2018 - A big hitting batsman, a wicket-taking bowler and a cricketer who made his international debut after he’d announced his retirement from first-class cricket – our interviewee this month is former Warwickshire all-rounder and PCA cricketer of the year in 2010, Neil Carter.Read more
Scyld Berry, Daily Telegraph Cricket Correspondent
April 2018 - This month we are shifting away from former players and coaches to interview one of the world’s most respected cricket journalists - the Daily Telegraph’s cricket correspondent and former Wisden editor Scyld Berry.Read more
Nick Knight, former England batsman and Sky Sports Presenter
March 2018 - This month we are pleased to be speaking to a former England opener who scored over 3,500 one-day international runs - at an average of over 40, a batsman who played in 17 Test matches and who is now excelling as a presenter on Sky Sports. It is of course the man who faced the 100 mph ball, Nick Knight.Read more
John Lever, former England and Essex swing bowler
February 2018 - Having been outshone by a number of left arm bowlers in recent series, we thought this month we’d speak to one of the finest left arm seamers to have pulled on the Three Lions. A bowler who took over 1,700 first class wickets in a career that brought 21 Test appearances, 22 one-day internationals, 4 county championships, 3 Sunday League titles, a NatWest Trophy and a B&H Cup. Welcome John Lever.
England’s Series to Lose
August 2018 - India’s fight-back in the 3rd Test of the five match series has enabled them to potentially draw level if they win at Ageas Bowl, Southampton, next week. If the series is still alive going to The Oval for the 5th and final Test, it will be England who will be most vulnerable.Read more
Bi-Polar Cricket Supporting
August 2018 - I know it’s not just happening in cricket, but this series against India has really emphasised the phenomenon of bi-polar cricket fandom. Please don’t think I’m making light of bi-polar disorder or associated/similar conditions: I am using the term in a purely literal sense.Read more
1992: A Cricketing Odyssey
August 2018 - The 1992 Cricket World Cup. You are thinking about those iconic kits, aren’t you? England have not come even close to winning a Cricket World Cup since. For those that can remember that far back, it was over 26 years ago, England’s one day team was pretty good. Perhaps, not as good as the one today?Read more
Does Chris Tavare still play cricket?
August 2018 - What has happened to Test cricket? I don’t think that there can be any more doubt that the white ball game is the dominant force globally. Much has been said and written about England’s top order batting. One alarming statistic from the recent Test defeat at Trent Bridge is that in half of the last 60 Test innings, England have limped to 100-4 or less.Read more
India and 1000 Test matches
July 2018 - England versus India is one of the most eagerly-awaited test series in world cricket today. Due to England’s rare successes on the sub-continent under David Gower in 1985, and under Alastair Cook in 2012, the credibility of English cricket is high among the passionate and knowledgable followers of the game in India.Read more
Well that ODI series was a bit of a turnaround, wasn’t it?
July 2018 - After our initial hammering I admit I thought it was all going to go the same way throughout; I just wasn’t sure we had the variety and flexibility to get past Yadav Kuldeep and all the problems he was reportedly causing our batsmen while most of us were (let’s be honest) busy watching the football.Read more
My Year So Far!
July 2018 - Well what a funny year this has been at sunny old Wormsley. JANUARY. Wet, cold. FEBRUARY. Very wet, very cold. MARCH. Very very wet, very cold. APRIL. Wet, more wet then hot,very bloody hot. Read more
England World Cup Hopes on Fire
June 2018 - As England’s footballers prepare for a final group match v Belgium this week to determine the winner of Group G in the FIFA World Cup in Russia, Eoin Morgan’s England ODI team are building towards a first-ever success in the ICC Cricket World Cup in England next year too.Read more
Important Sri Lanka Ticket Update
June 2018 - For several weeks the team at the Barmy Army have been exchanging emails with Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) in an effort to obtain as much tour information as possible to pass on to supporters.Read more
Barmy Pricing in Sri Lanka
June 2018 - Hopefully you will have read Chris’ piece explaining the current situation with ticket price plans for England’s tour of Sri Lanka this autumn. If you haven’t, I suggest you go read it now because this whole article is just a comment (read: rant) about it!Read more
The Evil That is Kolpak
June 2018 - It’s so much harder to put together an article while the FIFA World Cup is taking place and the conclusion of a 5-0 spanking of the sandpaperless Australians.Read more
An England Training Session the Week of the First Test Against Pakistan (as imagined by Tractor)
May 2018 - Joe Root (approaching Trevor Bayliss): Um, Coach? Trevor Bayliss: Mate. Root: So I wanted to ask you about the – Bayliss (cutting Root off): No, I meant you should address me as Mate, not Coach.Read more
Midnight's latest tour diaries
England Might Only Have One Ball
28th August 2018 - As this will be my last Addis blog for some considerable time, our generous Editor has kindly agreed to sponsor a pop quiz. Within the body of this text, dear reader, you will find a number of famous song titles, some obvious and some not so.Read more
The Beer Snake is Dead
8th June 2018 - There is even less cricket than usual in this one folks. A combination of Pakistan’s inadequate batting, and the fact that I can’t really be bothered commentating on the match anymore as you will have seen it unfold on TV, are to blame. Hopefully a couple of giggles though!Read more
Stop your sobbing
2nd April 2018 - I am now in a much better place than I was in Auckland. We go home next week, and at last I can see the light at the end of the tunnel on this exhausting trip. Steak pudding, chips and gravy are now only seven days away. Besides, every time I look on the BBC Sport website at the moment, I see people worse off than me.
Day / Nightmare Cricket
27th March 2018 - First, a word of overdue thanks to James Whitaker. Thanks ever so much for resigning. It is a far, far better thing that you do.........let's hope certain others follow your example. I had not intended to commence another diary until after the Auckland Test. However the best laid plans can go awry, especially when there are amusing incidents to relate!
Winter is coming
11th March 2018 -I am responsible for the booking at our overnight stay in Oamaru. A 'Historic Area Apartment' which no doubt will come complete with historic appliances and furniture. I can sense that Lofty is ready to pounce if this apartment isn't up to scratch, so it is with some trepidation I sit in the passenger seat while an unusually jovial Lofty does the driving.
How to lose without really trying
7th March 2018 -It is early Sunday morning. Very early, in fact. Having watched England's thrilling win in Wellington on Saturday night, we are booked on the 9am ferry to Picton. A 6am alarm call, shower, pack....wait....it is Lofty's 71st birthday today. The door to his room is sealed tighter than Tutenkhamun's tomb as usual.
Away Wins are Like Buses
3rd March 2018 -Readers might not blame us for wanting to leave Hamilton as soon as possible, but we stayed around long enough for breakfast in the Central Shopping plaza.Whilst eating our muesli and bran, we were astonished to see first the D.Willey family, then the M. Wood family, join us in this nondescript cafe. I could not resist.
Normal Service Resumed in Hamilton
25th February 2018 - It is 3.40 pm on Saturday and I am dodging the tumbleweed blowing along Hamilton's main street in the blazing heat. A huge Maori wearing wet-suit bottoms and an open dress shirt is slumped against a shop front as if sun bathing, but he is clearly stocious.
Derek & Clive do Gita
23rd February 2018 - This post needs to be contextualised. Tropical Cyclone Gita has just devastated areas of the South Island, some of which Lofty and Midnight were travelling through only last week. Due to good luck more than good planning, the pair escaped the South Island by ferry yesterday in torrential rain before the real fun and games started.
Take me out to ball game
19th February 2018 - Having been a long - term admirer of Ms Nicola Sturgeon and her plans for Scottish world conquest, the choice of Dunedin to celebrate my 60th birthday was a logical one. Here is the new Scotland, the Scotland of the South Pacific. The very name Dunedin is the Gaelic for 'Edinburgh'.
1st February 2018 - So, where are we up to? I must admit we have been away so long now, I am beginning to forget myself. Ah, yes. A journey to Christchurch to watch the Under-19 World Cup semifinals - whose line up unexpectedly does not include England, New Zealand or South Africa.
The Hazards of Wearing Shades when Parking Underground
23rd January 2018 - For those readers wishing to read about the Under 19 Cricket World Cup, I commend Lofty's upcoming Addis article on the subject for your perusal. As usual, my tour diary will contain bugger all about cricket, so cricket saddoes hit the cross now!Read more
Latest blogs by the Skipper
Welcome to the Cheap Seats
June 2018 - The Sri Lankan Cricket Board has angered English Cricket Supporters by selling all the best seats at the Galle, Mandy and Colombo Tests to a corporate hospitality company who are changing between £40 and £110 for day 'packages'.Read more
Couldn't give a toss
May 2018 - Later this month the ICC will discuss a proposal to either give the away captain the choice of whether to bat or bowl or the option that the County Championship has chosen which is the visiting captain gets to either bowl first or revert to the toss to decide who bats first. The aim of this change is to stop home sides doctoring pitches to suit themselves and to improve the record of away teams on tour.Read more
Putting Day/Night Tests into Context
April 2018 - When I first heard about Day/Night Tests the tradionalist in me bridled at the idea. Then I realised I was going to a Day/Nighter in Auckland and I liked the prospect even less. However I didn't want it to spoil my tour in any way so I tried to attend with an open mind.Read more
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