Jonathan Agnew

BBC cricket correspondent

Analysis and opinion from our cricket correspondent

About Jonathan

Now one of the regular voices on BBC's Test Match... Read more about Jonathan Agnew Special, Jonathan first came to note as a seam bowler of genuine pace.

In a first-class career spent entirely with Leicestershire, Jonathan took more than 650 first class wickets, including a best of 9-70 and represented England in three Tests and a further three one-day internationals.

After retiring from playing in 1990 aged just 30 (although he would return for one match two years later as Leicestershire suffered an injury crisis), Jonathan began to pursue a career in broadcasting and joined the TMS team in 1991.

Now the senior member of BBC's cricket team, Jonathan is a regular on the radio and BBC Sport website and also fronted the television coverage of the 1999 Cricket World Cup.

'Almost too bad to put into words'

Read full article on World Cup 2015: England have no excuses after New Zealand defeat

England's eight-wicket World Cup defeat by New Zealand in Wellington was the most one-sided one-day international between Test-playing nations that I can remember seeing.

It was almost too bad to put into words. To be bowled out for 123 and then see that chased down in 12.2 overs is extremely chastening for Eoin Morgan's side. They will feel utterly embarrassed.

Australia gave England a lesson - Agnew

Read full article on World Cup 2015: Australia gave England a lesson - Agnew

Even though an opening day defeat to a very strong Australia side does little to England's long-term World Cup prospects, it will have been a chastening experience for Eoin Morgan's men.

England were not only beaten by 111 runs in Melbourne, they were given a lesson in how to play 50-over cricket by a team that are on a different level to them.

England will make us sweat - Agnew

Read full article on Cricket World Cup 2015: England will make us sweat amid the drama

You can bet your life that England will have us sweating as they seek to qualify for a place in the World Cup quarter-finals.

For some reason, they never make it easy for themselves. And when - if - they get to the knockout stages, that is when it usually goes completely wrong. They haven't won a World Cup knockout match since the tournament was last held here in Australia in 1992.

Reasons to be cheerful for England

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England will be considered outsiders for both the World Cup and the tri-series with Australia and India that precedes it, but that can be a good place to start.

When they begin the tri-series against Australia in Sydney on Friday - the same opponents with whom they open their World Cup campaign on 14 February - there will not be too much pressure or expectation.

'Was sledging ever appropriate?'

Read full article on Phillip Hughes tragedy should have prompted change - Agnew

In an interview with the Radio Times this week, Jonathan Agnew was quoted as saying the sledging between India and Australia suggests cricket has not yet learned from the death of batsman Phillip Hughes.

I wish to clear up any misunderstanding from my recent comments regarding sledging.

England right to remove Cook - Agnew

Read full article on Alastair Cook: England right to replace ODI captain

In the end, it was inevitable that Alastair Cook would lose his job as captain of the England one-day team.

It is a decision that could have been taken during the summer - either at the beginning or the end of the 3-1 series defeat by India - and, in my view, it is the right move.

Hughes injury a reminder of cricket's dangers

Read full article on Phil Hughes: Injury a reminder of cricket's dangers - Agnew

The shocking injury suffered by Phil Hughes on Tuesday is a stark reminder of the dangers faced by cricketers when the ball is coming at them at speeds of up to 90mph.

Anyone who has played the game at any level will be hoping and praying that the Australia batsman comes through this.