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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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.
Rob Turner, former Somerset Wicket-keeper
May 2017 - We’ve spoken to several top-class wicket-keepers over the past 18 months, so it made sense to add to our wicket-keeper list this month! With the county cricket season underway, we wanted to speak to someone who could provide a real insight into life as a county professional. So, who better than Rob Turner.
Allan Lamb, former England batsman
April 2017 - We often hear about the famous West Indian bowlers of the 1980s and 90s, so this month we spoke with a former England batsman who had an incredible record against them. While many players would have been delighted to have scored a ton against that great quartet of quicks, Allan Lamb scored six.Read more
Jack Russell, former England Wicket-Keeper
March 2017 - This month we’re delighted to be speaking to arguably one of the finest wicket-keepers to have played the game. A wicket-keeper who was known for his world-class skills behind the stumps, his unorthodox – but extremely effective batting and of course his tea drinking, Weetabix eating and hat wearing eccentricities! It is of course Jack Russell.Read more
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.
First They Came For the Run Outs
June 2017 - When was the last time something happened in international cricket that really wound you up? A talking point; something that sparked debate over the laws of the game, and sportsmanship, and the spirit of cricket? I honestly can’t remember!Read more
How Healthy Is English Cricket Right Now?
June 2017 - If the barometer of a sport’s success is the performance of the national team, then success in the ICC Champions Trophy following England’s ODI Series win v South Africa would suggest all is well with the game in UK. However, under the surface, I see the cracks in our cricket system that may be further exposed if leading administrators do not take action.Read more
Cricket at the Crossroads
June 2017 - One of my fondest memories is of a childhood holiday in Norfolk which included five days spent listening to the gripping last test match of 1968 against Bill Lawry’s visiting Australians. It will be remembered for Derek Underwood bowling England to victory on a drying wicket after groundstaff and spectators alike had spent the afternoon mopping up after a sudden cloudburst.Read more
Call it a draw
June 2017 - Much has been said about the state of the County Cricket Championship in recent years. Many have commented on the low turnouts to county grounds to watch the longer form of the game and how that is having an impact on the overall interest level in the sport. Why would someone watch a game which will end in a mundane draw after four days when they can watch a T20 game and be guaranteed a result after three hours?Read more
Liam Plunkett & The Contrasting Styles of England Head Coaches
May 2017 - We’re coming up to two years since Trevor Bayliss was the surprise appointment for the England head coach role. This week the Daily Mail has run a piece about Liam Plunkett’s role in the England setup and how he has developed as a bowler.Read more
25 years doing the best job in the world!
May 2017 - As I sit here after a boozy BBQ on Bank Holiday Monday it is exactly 25 years since I moved to this special place called Wormsley. Now I know lots of you have been here and lots of you will have heard or seen articles about Wormsley so I thought I would write a few lines about a place I have called home for 25 years.Read more
Midnight's latest tour diaries
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.
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.
Latest blogs by the Skipper
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
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