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.

Henry Blofeld & Jonathan Agnew

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

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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.


'Amir redemption part of wonderful story'

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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

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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.

England and Surrey opener Jason Roy

England right to drop Roy - Agnew

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Although Eoin Morgan has not confirmed that Jason Roy has been dropped, it was pretty obvious to all who saw England's training session on Tuesday morning what will happen in the Champions Trophy semi-final against Pakistan.

Jonny Bairstow, Roy's likely replacement on Wednesday, went in to the nets first and Roy, who did not bat until after the rest of the team, was dispatched to throw balls back from the long-on boundary. It was a brutal fall from grace.

England celebrate

'England beat New Zealand, not the pitch'

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There was much disquiet from New Zealand's batsmen about the Cardiff pitch after their 87-run defeat by England, but to me it was clear: this was absolutely a fair track, and England's progression to the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy is entirely deserved.

The ball from Liam Plunkett that jumped up and hit Ross Taylor on the grille of his helmet was an outrageous delivery. You shouldn't see a ball doing that, and to see one do so at almost 90 miles an hour was frightening. Thank goodness Taylor had that protection in place.

England warmed up for the Champions Trophy by beating South Africa 2-1

Who will win the Champions Trophy?

Read full article on Champions Trophy 2017: 'England are favourites, but watch out for India & SA'

England have earned their tag as the bookmakers' favourites to win the Champions Trophy on home soil, and there will be disappointment if Eoin Morgan's side do not reach at least the final.

They kick off against Bangladesh at The Oval on Thursday and, while there is a lot of expectation around this set of players, they cannot complain - they have built their lofty standing in world cricket through their one-day performances over the last couple of years.

Alastair Cook

Cook had toughest ride as skipper - Agnew

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Alastair Cook never had it easy. He's had the toughest ride of all recent England captains.

As England's highest Test run-scorer he has always been admired for his batting, but there have always been questions, particularly over his tactics, during his 59-match reign as skipper, which he ended on Monday.