About us

Unless otherwise stated, everything here is written by Alex Bowden, a lapsed cricket journalist who is going to switch to the first person singular for the remainder of this page to stop it being weird.

Cricket writing

Pretty much all of my cricket writing is on this website these days because (a) it gives me the freedom to write what I want and (b) it is generally a bit easier for me to get paid to write about other stuff.

The fact that King Cricket remains a viable use of my time is largely thanks to a Patreon campaign. You can find details of that here.

I do have a tidy cricket writing CV though. You can find plenty of old stuff of mine at Wisden.com, ESPNCricinfo and Cricket 365. I’ve also written occasional pieces for The Nightwatchman, Wisden’s quarterly publication.

I have in fact worked for most incarnations of the various UK cricket magazines at one time or another. I daresay some of what I did was absolute gold, but it can’t be found online any more, so you’ll just have to trust me on that.

I also wrote a daily column for the Mumbai Mirror throughout the 2015 World Cup. That stuff can be found online (and I’m pretty proud of it), but I’m not linking to it because most of the pieces are accompanied by a large and slightly weird photo of me that I’d sooner you didn’t see.


I appeared on Andy Zaltzman’s World Cricket Podcast a handful of times. I’ve no idea how those performances stand up because I haven’t listened to them in years.

I now do a podcast with Australian cricket writer Dan Liebke called The Ridiculous Ashes.

King Cricket

This website is not an earnest online CV for a wannabe cricket writer. I have gone from writing as a fan to writing about cricket professionally and concluded that the former is a lot more fun.

There’s no real reason for me to cover the same sort of stuff as more mainstream sites. The broader cricket media is honestly pretty excellent these days so I just try and fill a few cracks and go to the quirkier corners of the game that bigger sites would never think to visit. A lot of that stuff is kind of daft, but it can also be bigger picture subject matter covered in a more offbeat way.

As I said above, it’s the Patreon campaign that makes this possible. The whole site’s entirely free-to-access though. Subscribe to the daily email to get all posts sent to your inbox. The email goes out whenever I write something and there are incredibly good reasons for becoming a recipient.


I write a pro cycling site, covering the Tour de France, the other two Grand Tours and major one-day and stage races.

I also write about racing, bikes and electric bikes for Fat Digital’s publications.

Pop culture

When I had time, I used to write fun features about film and TV for SyFy (yes, fun – this is actually quite rare in the surprisingly earnest world of pop culture journalism).

Technically, I’ve a pop culture Twitter account too, which is where I’ll flag stuff I’ve written for anyone else. Even though I basically never tweet any more, you should definitely follow me.

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One comment

  1. I know you feel as strongly as Durham fans at the harsh treatment doled out to Durham CCC by ECB as punishment for their financial difficulties. Did you know that the fans have started a fight-back by launching an online petition addressed to Colin Graves? Cricket followers can read the full text if they visit Change.org and search “ditch the Durham penalty points”. They can also read the often pithy comments by those who have already signed up. Hope you can shine the light of publicity on our efforts. Thanks for listening.

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