Jonathan Agnew

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.

England's Stuart Broad, Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root wait for the third umpire's verdict ahead of the final wicket in the third Test

Well done England, now back it up - Agnew

Read full article on Jonathan Agnew: England must back up victory over South Africa

Despite the grumbling at the criticism they received following the heavy defeat in the second Test against South Africa, England will have probably admitted in private that what happened at Trent Bridge wasn't good enough.

Everybody sitting in the stands, listening to the radio or watching on television knew they played badly.

Joe Root celebrates England victory in first Test

'Root gets gentle start to life as captain'

Read full article on England v South Africa: Poor Proteas give Joe Root gentle start to life as captain

The day before England's first Test of the summer, I watched South Africa do a fielding drill at Lord's as I did a report for BBC Radio 5 live.

I said at the time that I have never seen a training session as bad as that one on the day before a Test. They were dropping catches, letting the ball through their legs and they had no energy or sharpness.

Henry Blofeld & Jonathan Agnew

He brings a touch of the PG Wodehouse - Aggers on Blowers

Read full article on Henry Blofeld brings a touch of the PG Wodehouse to Test Match Special

It was fantastic to read and listen to so many wonderful tributes when my colleague Henry Blofeld announced he will be hanging up the Test Match Special microphone at the end of the summer.

What quickly became evident was the common theme at the heart of the warm words, stories and anecdotes: 'our' Blowers is unique.

Pakistan

'Amir redemption part of wonderful story'

Read full article on Champions Trophy 2017: Amir redemption part of wonderful Pakistan story

Before the Champions Trophy final, some people were saying that the best hope for Pakistan was to make a game of it before India's inevitable triumph.

That Pakistan then demolished India by 180 runs to win a global 50-over title for the first time since 1992 - when they defeated England in the World Cup final - is a big upset.

England's Ben Stokes

England's bad day comes at worst time - Agnew

Read full article on Champions Trophy 2017: England's bad day comes at worst possible time

For all of the good limited-overs cricket that England have played over the past two years, we know they are capable of some pretty bad days.

It was just over two weeks ago that they found themselves 20-6 against South Africa. The odd collapse must be expected in this era of ultra-aggressive batting.