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 captain 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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Graham Thorpe, former England batsman
July 2016 - This month we are privileged to speak to a left-handed batsmen who played countless match-winning innings in both Test and limited-overs cricket, and helped transform England from the also rans of the 1990s to the battle-hardened, successful side of the mid-2000s.
Peter Such, former England spinner
June 2016 - The 1990s was an interesting decade for English cricket, as characterised by Mark Butcher's recent documentary on Sky Sports. It therefore seemed apt, that this month we speak to a cricketer who experienced the highs and lows of playing for England in the 90s.
Charlotte Edwards, England women's captain
May 2016 - This month we are delighted to speak to someone who has been at the forefront of women’s cricket for over 20 years. With over 10,000 international runs to her name, Charlotte Edwards is England’s cricketing rock. Can you imagine an England side without her?
Keith Parsons, former Somerset all-rounder
April 2016 - The word legend is often overused in sport but in the case of this month’s interviewee, there is not a better word to describe this former Somerset stalwart who, alongside Ian Botham, is the county’s only player to have scored over 5,000 runs and taken in excess of 100 wickets.Read more
Craig White, former England all-rounder
March 2016 - We begin our new series of interviews by speaking with Craig White, a former England all-rounder who played 30 Test matches, scored a wonderful Test century in India, took three 5-wicket hauls and became the first bowler to dismiss the great Brian Lara for a golden duck.Read more
Bill Cooper, Barmy Army trumpeter
March 2016 - For many England fans, the sight of the Barmy Army's Billy the Trumpeter is a welcome one on tour. Bill's fine array of tunes are a great source of entertainment to cricket fans all over the world and often provide a much needed lift to the England players who are in the heat of battle.Read more
Why I won't be booking Bangladesh flights any time soon
July 2016 - As most of you know, I earn my dollar as a teacher, which has some pretty frustrating ramifications for following England abroad. Although at first glance it seems like the perfect job for cricket touring, the schedules usually mock me, tempting me with the offer of days 4 and 5 of a single Test.Read more
Who would want to be a selector?
July 2016 - Who would want to be a selector? Not me. Every month I seem to put the kiss of death on any player who has any kind of ambition of getting back into the England squad. First Gary Ballance and now Scott Borthwick! Ever since putting the Durham man's case forward his form has deserted him.Read more
My best ever England Test Team
July 2016 - Well if you could be bothered to read my last blog about England’s best bowling attack you could probably struggle to contain your excitement to see who I came up with to complete my Country’s best Test team EVER. As usual it has to be set up for a specific match. This is a one off, timeless Test.Read more
England continue to wreck havoc on toothless Sri Lanka
July 2016 - Carrying on from my previous blog, the Lords test had a lot to prove for some players – Nick Compton again, failed to impress on his home ground and cement his position as a No.3 batsman. His approach has looked very tentative, nervous throughout and his technique has come in to question.Read more
Test is Best – but how do we keep it that way?
June 2016 - Way back when this Tractor was barely a petrol motor lawn mower, I took a Sports Leaders award in sixth form in a successful manoeuvre to dodge interminable General Studies. I can’t say much for the course as a whole, but I do remember the part where we had to plan tournaments.Read more
Compton out, Borthwick in
June 2016 - What an excellent start to the summer. Two Tests, two wins, series secured and just one more of our 'series trophies' to win until we hold them all. In last month's blog I offered some advice to the selectors, some they heeded (Hales) and some they ignored (Vince and Compton).Read more
Midnight's latest tour diaries
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.
ODI's Under African Skies
26th January 2016 - After such a heady Test Series win, a brief break from cricket was called for. Lofty, Five - O and myself headed east for four hours on the N4 to Graskop, a small town in Mpumulanga (Transvaal) at the southern end of the Blyde River Canyon.
26th January 2016 - A poor start by England in the fourth and final test. Some loose bowling, another nightmare from Bairstow behind the stumps with more dropped catches and a bit of form shown at last by the SA batsmen. The outfield was like green ice and everything that beat the field was hurtling to the boundary.
The Calm after the Storm
24th January 2016 - The morning after the victory in Johannesburg was an exceedingly groggy one. When Lofty, Simon and I had arrived back at our hotel we decided to test the bar opening hours, and it was still serving as we staggered up to bed at 1.45am.
Will Blade's Plan Cut It?
17th January 2016 - When the third day of the Johannesburg Test started, I was watching a crown green bowling tournament. Lofty was under the impression that he had left our match tickets in his hotel safe, and had gone scurrying back to the hotel to fetch them - while I looked after his rucksack.
15th January 2016 - Lofty and I got into Ladybrand just in time. The tropical storm that had been threatening all afternoon finally broke at about 6pm, meaning we were confined for the evening to our bed and breakfast, Cranberry Cottages. Our arrival had not been auspicious.
Latest blogs by the Skipper
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
James Taylor - The Little Cricketer with a Big Heart
May 2016 - England batsman Taylor had to retire last month at the tender age of 26 due to a serious heart condition similar to that that almost killed footballer Fabrice Muamba. Taylor had played 27 ODIs with an average of 42.23.Read more
The T20 World Cup: Jekyll and Hyde Cricket
April 2016 - Will the 2016 T20 World Cup Final be pitch perfect? It almost feels like there have been two separate tournaments taking place in India over the past few weeks, with thrilling, high scoring games dominated by big hitting batsmen at venues like Mumbai and Mohali.
England have the speed, but can they last the pace?
February 2016 - Have England got the stamina for the shortest version of the game? The T20 World Cup starts in India in two weeks' time. Can England win? Yes. Will they win? Probably not. In the 12 months since they limped sadly out of the 2015 Cricket World Cup, England have made massive progress.Read more
Breaking news: England not as bad as South Africa
February 2016 - England triumphed over South Africa 2-1 without being triumphant. England went into this series with grounds for optimism that they were a better team than South Africa despite their ranking as the best Test team in the world. South Africa were a team on the decline, at best one in transition.Read more