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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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.
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
Root and Stokes
March 2017 - So just after our monthly deadline last time round, Joe Root was confirmed as the new England Test captain and, shortly afterwards Ben Stokes was appointed vice-captain. I’m very much not alone in questioning this second decision even more than the first. I would prefer Joe Root not to be captain.Read more
The Spirit of the Game
March 2017 - The recent rugby international between England and Italy got me thinking. Italy’s tactics at the breakdown, especially in the first half, worked a treat and England’s players looked completely lost. The bemused looks were best summed up by the referee. When asked by one of the players what they should do, he replied “I am a referee, I am not a coach”.Read more
Tom Smith: A Lancashire Thank you
March 2017 - Tom Smith was a favourite amongst Lancashire supporters, throughout his career at the club he had become one of the best home grown players the club had to offer and contributed with both bat and ball. Playing in all three formats of the game, Smith opened the batting in the T20 blast format but featured in a strong middle order in the longer, four day format of the game.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
Midnight's latest tour diaries
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.
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.
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