Leather on willow on Android: cricket on the Note II

Sky Sports

Don't miss the action on TV

You will notice a number of what purport to be live TV apps tailored towards letting you download feeds of cricket matches on your GALAXY Note II on Google Play – alas, these are, as you might imagine, too good to be true, at least in the UK – they're aimed squarely at the massive sub-continental market.

In the UK, we pretty much have to rely on Sky Sports for our cricket coverage these days, and if you're a customer but are spending a lot of time on the go, then downloading the Sky Go app is a must.

If you're not a customer, there is a standalone Sky Sports app, which streams just the broadcaster's sports channels to your GALAXY Note II and costs £4.99 per month.

Beware, though: it does take a while to set the service up. BBC Radio 5 Live and Sports Extra are the best repositories for radio cricket commentary, and you can, of course, get both via the BBC iPlayer.

Fantasty cricket

Get involved in a fantasy league

Another often-overlooked aspect of cricket is that it lends itself beautifully to fantasy league-type games, what with its demarcation of bowlers, batsmen, wicket-keepers, spinners, pacemen and all-rounders.

A tad surprisingly, nobody has ever been sufficiently enterprising to create a fantasy league app specifically for Android (there you go, all you developers looking for a gap in the market). But that's no drawback for GALAXY Note II owners, who are well used to speedy web surfing and have the added bonus of being able to use the S Pen to traverse text-heavy web pages.

If your politics are left-of-centre, mind, you might have to swallow your principles, as there's no doubt that the daddy of all fantasy leagues is Telegraph Fantasy Cricket, which will take you through a full County Championship season; later on in the season, it will also spawn a sibling that concentrates on the Friends Provident T20. And if the Indian Premier League is more to your taste, then Cricket Inc's Fantasy IPL 2013 should satisfy – if you really know your stuff, there are even cash prizes up for grabs.

All that remains now is to pray for blue skies and baking hot sunshine. But even if those fail to materialise, you'll still be able to add a considerable edge to your enjoyment of the sport which more than any other supports a range of skills and provides an unparalleled mix of subtlety and brutality – with the help of your GALAXY Note II.