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Ian Bell takes the applause as he walks off the pitch

The year of Bell

Ashes 2013 will be defined by his delicate late cuts, precision drives, and by the sheer weight of runs he produced

ESPNcricinfo staff

The Investec Ashes

Bell's metamorphosis

Vic Marks, writing for the Guardian, looks back at the rise of Ian Bell over the years, from the player who struggled in the 2005 Ashes, to the standout performer of 2013 series

Jigar Mehta

Ian Bell acknowledges the applause as the players walk off

Investec Ashes 2013

Ian Bell the difference

Bell has demonstrated his ability to perform under pressure in this Ashes, much to England's benefit

ESPNcricinfo staff

Australian cricket

Australia's No. 3 conundrum

Greg Baum, writing for the Age, examines the void that Australia need to fill at No. 3 to replace Ricky Ponting

ESPNcricinfo staff

The Investec Ashes 2013

The giddy rush of a great bowling spell

In his column for the Guardian, Andy Bull writes about how he will remember Stuart Broad's match-winning spell at Chester-le-Street

Kevin Pietersen lived dangerously on occasions

Up close to greatness

A new series of lunch-time shows on Sky takes us into the minds and methods of the legends of the game

Alastair Cook speaks to Tony Hill after a DRS appeal was overturned

Give the umpire a break

Despite all the criticism that has been turned on them, the on-field officials are doing a decent job

Women's cricket

Women's cricket on the up

Greater crowds and higher television coverage tally with England captain Charlotte Edwards prediction that women's cricket could attract as many people as the men's game writes Jenny Cornish in the Telegraph