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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Ian Gould, former international umpire
October 2019 - July 2019 saw the sad international retirement of one of the games characters, elite umpire Ian ‘Gunner’ Gould. Gouldy has been a good friend of mine for a number of years, so I was delighted when he kept his word and gave me his first full post-retirement interview.Read more
Angus Fraser, former England and Middlesex seam bowler
March 2019 - It’s time to rewind the clock back to the 1990s for this month’s interview. A bowler who was consistent, hugely accurate, a wicket-taker and someone who, but for injury and strange selection decisions, should have played many, many more Test matches for his country, Angus Fraser.Read more
Jeremy Snape, former England, Northants, Gloucs, Leics All-rounder
February 2019 - I’m going to begin this month’s interview with a question. What has Shane Warne, Gareth Southgate, Jose Mourinho, Sir Alex Ferguson, Sir David Brailsford, Sir Mo Farah, Sir AP McCoy (note all the Sir’s!) and Mathew Pinsett all got in common? Answer: They have winning ‘mindsets’ and have all been interviewed by one of the World’s leading sports psychologists.Read more
Adam Hollioake, former England ODI and Surrey captain
January 2019 - hen people are asked to name their most admired captains from the late 1990s one person’s name comes up more than most, former Surrey and England one-day captain, Adam Hollioake. And when you look at his record it’s a difficult one to argue: 3 county championships, 2 Benson & Hedges Cups, a NatWest Pro 40 League title (and division 2 title), a Twenty20 Cup and then throw in the Sharjah Cup with England, you have a truly phenomenal haul.Read more
Calum MacLeod, Scotland batsman
October 2018 - It’s not often you get to speak to someone who has opened both the bowling and batting at an ICC World Cup and who earlier this year scored one of the finest ODI hundreds against England, a mightily impressive 140 not out, off of just 94 balls - Scotland’s Calum MacLeod.
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
England Trumpeting A Test Cricket Re-Boot
November 2019 - Ashley Giles, the boss of England Cricket, has publicly trumpeted the prioritisation of red-ball cricket and the need for a re-boot of its test match cricket. Trevor Bayliss, the outgoing England Head Coach, oversaw a decline in test match performances by England, but can walk away with his held high on the basis that his team delivered a World Cup win on home soil. Ultimately, this was his brief from Managing Director of Cricket, Andrew Strauss.Read more
The relative appeal of a series of cricket
November 2019 - So England have completed the limited-overs section of their first winter touring destination, New Zealand. England won the five match T20 series ahead of the two-Test contest, which will be followed by a more substantial South Africa tour and then pretty much straight on to Sri Lanka.Read more
The sudden abundance of T20Is
November 2019 - It’s less than twelve months until the T20 World Cup starts. The sudden abundance of T20Is is empirical evidence to the fact. With the fifty-over version in the trophy cupboard at Lord’s, England will be looking to double up next year. Eoin Morgan’s ‘will I or won’t I’ charade is over, and he’s continuing at the helm to spearhead the challenge for twenty over glory.Read more
It's raining again
November 2019 - This time of year is always a tough one when it comes with trying to find inspiration for this blog. Not a lot has been happening. Last night in search of watching something on TV, I found that BT Sport were covering the 50 over competition from the Caribbean.Read more
2019 A Summer to Cherish
October 2019 - Will summer ever be the same again? 2019 has been incredible for cricket. Bryan Adams sang a wonderful song about ‘The Summer of ‘69’. And, now, we need a musician to create a song for the summer of 2019. Much like 2005, 1981 and 1953, this sporting summer will live long in the memory. England won the Cricket World Cup, and Irishman won The Open Championship on home soil, and England’s Rugby team may win the Rugby World Cup in the coming weeks down Japan too.Read more
England’s Search for a Head Coach
October 2019 - Chris Silverwood is the new Head Coach of England Cricket. The influential men in suits at Lord’s have gone for continuity and an endorsement of their own ECB Coach-Education system rather than plumping for a highly-respected overseas candidate. Did the recent criticism of the appointment of overseas coaches for the new tournament called ‘The Hundred’ play a part in their thinking? I hope not.Read more
An incredible summer is behind us
October 2019 - An incredible summer is behind us – who’d have thought it? All the negativity about the 50 over game and World Cup ticket prices (admittedly I still feel the same here: tickets were extortionately priced and I was fine watching on TV) and then we went and brought home the trophy in the most dramatic of fashions.Read more
Don't look back in anger
October 2019 - Now that was an interesting summer of cricket but was it a successful one? In my opinion, the way to gauge a season is to look at the fortunes of the Test side. England started the year with a tour of the West Indies which resulted in a disappointing 2-1 series defeat. What I believe didn’t help was that we had only two 2-day warm up matches.Read more
Cherish the series
September 2019 - Well, the Ashes Test at Headingley 2019, surpassed the drama of Headingley 1981, and Ben Stokes surpassed his heroics in the World Cup Final only a few weeks ago, by playing one of the all-time great Test innings. It is arguably, the greatest Test match innings ever.Read more
Stokes at Headingley
September 2019 - Well that was a pretty special Test match, huh? After the abject humiliation of England’s first innings came the perfect nail-biting victory steered by the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2019 (pending). It’s been a weekend of two ginger heroes for this Tractor: first the Ed Sheeran ‘homecoming’ shows in Ipswich, followed by today’s carrot-topped heroics. Gingers of the World Unite and Takeover, etc.Read more
Midnight's latest tour diaries
Warming up in Whangarei
17th November 2019 - I left Taupo on Monday morning, after the T20 series clincher, to travel to Auckland for my rendezvous with Five-O. Thankfully, the weather had cleared up a little after Sunday's washout and I hoped this would make the 275k drive more straightforward. Ron, the motel owner, popped out of his office to ask if everything had been okay.Read more
Big Trouble in Little Taupo
16th November 2019 - Firstly, thank you for the many kind comments received regarding the previous diary. Positive feedback is always nice, and even if the feedback is negative it is better to be disliked than ignored. Anyway, its taken on board, and I've written less this time. Taupo was my next stop. A two hour drive northwest out of Napier along SH5, which at home would probably be a scenic drive.Read more
Everything's Iconic Nowadays
8th November 2019 - Since the last diary, I have been contacted by an ECB marketing manager - a Scotsman who freely admits knowing nothing about cricket - asking me to 'cool it' regarding the Hundred competition.
I think it was the same guy that did an ECB County Members presentation at Old Trafford who, when asked about the target market for the Hundred once the existing cricket fans had been frozen out, replied:"I might know nothing about cricket, but I do know that Mum buys the tickets!"Read more
No Room for Racism (or the Hundred)
3rd November 2019 - At first glance, the itinerary for this tour looked disappointing, even for an addictive Kiwi visitor like myself. Just two Test matches - one of which is at Hamilton, whose parochiality and lack of attractions make it just about the only town in New Zealand without its own fridge magnet. No one day internationals, which were the highlight of our last visit in 2018. Instead, five T20 matches alternating between South and North Islands, which would mean travelling up and down like a yoyo to attend them all.Read more
The Oval Test
18th September 2019 - Here we are at end of a tumultuous season. After the miracle of Headingley we were brought back to earth at Old Trafford. Smith is an immovable brick wall, batting as serenely as I have ever seen anyone, in a time zone of his own, where nothing is missed and a sixth sense that tells him exactly what the bowler will offer him.Read more
The Old Trafford Test
14th September 2019 - At least I managed to escape the rock I live on for the second time in two weeks and join the usual reprobates for the much awaited fourth test. Usual preparation on the eve of the event was, guess what, alcohol and curry. Sets you up for day 1.Read more
The Worst of Times and The Best of Times
27th August 2019 - Several months ago, we purchased four packages for the Leeds Test Match. Normally, Headingley offer a good deal on pricing with a five day pass for £100 the norm. Clearly, no such offer is available for the ‘Cashes!’Read more
Sedbergh to the Rescue
12th July 2019 -June was a very disappointing month weather-wise for Lancashire CCC supporters. First, a visit to Cheltenham School for the fixture against Gloucestershire. On arrival at Cheltenham Spa station I took a taxi to my B & B and we arrived outside almost before I had chance to fasten the seat belt. I looked around, no meter in the cab. “That will be ten pounds exactly Sir!” Wow. The guy must have had a mind like a tachograph.
World Cup Final: What a finish!
24th July 2019 -Well what a finish! I was at the famous 1999 world cup semi final at Edgbaston when Allan Donald got run out. That was the best game I had ever seen, It ebbed and flowed all game and as I didn't really care who won it was just an amazing feeling to witness such a game. Then we had this one.
Ireland's first ever Lord's Test
26th July 2019 - So ... normal service. This game is not being shown on terrestrial TV which is probably just as well because unless you were wearing a green shirt with a shamrock on it it wasn’t the greatest advert for cricket. England looked and played like a B team. Stokes and Buttler were having a rest, Wood and Jimmy are unfit and Archer is somewhere between Barbados and Heathrow.Read more
Latest blogs by the Skipper
Supporting Derbyshire – Through Thin and Thin
April 2019 - No-one supports Derbyshire Cricket Club for the glory. No one supports them for the regular cup finals at Lords or to see a side bristling with England Test players.To support Derbyshire CC you must be from Derbyshire and really love cricket. In fact you must be from Derbyshire, really love cricket and have a sado-masochistic streak.Read more
Horses for Courses v Stability and Loyalty
February 2019 - In the Third Test England finally picked a team for the pitch conditions and Hey presto won a Test. Obviously England's turnaround in fortunes can't completely be explained by picking Wood and dropping Bairstow down the order, but it did at least make an uncompetitive team competitive.Read more
October 2018 - Over my 40 years of watching Test Cricket, England have always had at least one quality, experienced opening bat. Most of that time we often had two. Through Boycott, Gooch, Atherton, Stewart, Trescothick, Strauss and Cook, each new opener had an experienced man at the other hand and eventually grew out of their shadow to become great themselves.Read more
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